Jesse Walker (born September 4, 1970) is books editor of Reason magazine.[1] The University of Michigan alumnus has written the books The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory (HarperCollins, 2013) and Rebels on the Air: An Alternative History of Radio in America (NYU Press, 2001), and he maintains a blog called The Perpetual Three-Dot Column. His articles have appeared in a number of publications, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Salon, The New Republic, L.A. Times, L.A. Weekly, Chronicles, and No Depression.

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Walker's writings display a definite libertarian bent, and he has cast a protest vote for the Libertarian Party's nominee in every presidential election of his adult lifetime except one, though "more often than not, I think they've put up a terrible candidate."[2]

Foreign policyEdit

Walker was critical of the War on Terror[3] and opposed the Patriot Act.[4] He has stated that it is a myth that the U.S. pursued an "isolationist" foreign policy between World War I and World War II.[5]

Conspiracy TheoriesEdit

He has identified five kinds of conspiracy theories:

  • The "Enemy Outside" refers to theories based on figures alleged to be scheming against a community from without.
  • The "Enemy Within" finds the conspirators lurking inside the nation, indistinguishable from ordinary citizens.
  • The "Enemy Above" involves powerful people manipulating events for their own gain.
  • The "Enemy Below" features the lower classes working to overturn the social order.
  • The "Benevolent Conspiracies" are angelic forces that work behind the scenes to improve the world and help people.[6]

Selected bibliographyEdit

  • "Every Man a Sultan: Indigenous Responses to the Somalia Crisis". Telos 103 (Spring 1995). New York: Telos Press.

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