News From Nowhere Ep. 02

What If Trump Wins?


Apocalypse, coup d’etat or four more years of mulligans and ineptitude? The most likely outcomes of a Trump presidency considered.

Notes And Links

Ronald L. Feinman article, “The Constitutional Crisis We’d face If Donald Trump Actually Became President”

New York Times article that leads with Hillary Clinton’s “apocalypse” quip

Anne Applebaum’s nightmares come alive in the Washington Post

My blog post, “Trump Means It: Time To Make Plans For The American Nightmare Scenario”

Student video by Dustin Wynn and Peteros Mekonnen, “Forcing Muslims to Wear Badges,” and the write-up by AlterNet

Brookings fellow and Lawfare blogger Benjamin Wittes’ essay on “Trump as National Security Threat”

News From Nowhere Ep. 01

This Election Is Totally Rigged, Man


Hi from Bihar! This inaugural episode considers the role of conspiracy theories in the 2016 US presidential elections, with special guest appearances by Alex Jones, Donald Trump, the John Birch Society and an assortment of Holocaust deniers and the politicians who pander to them, such as Green Party vice presidential candidate Ajamu Baraka.

Notes And Links

My Magical Thinking column in The Baffler on conspiracy theories in the 2016 US presidential elections

Previous Magical Thinking columns

Alex Jones profile by Alexander Zaitchik in Rolling Stone

None Dare Call It Conspiracy by Gary Allen

Gary Allen obituary featuring Mike Allen in the Los Angeles Times

Mike Allen profile in The New York Times Magazine

John G. Schmitz’s obituary by his admirers in a Holocaust-denial outfit

The Blue Book of the John Birch Society by Robert Welch

Alex Cockburn column on how conspiracy theory filled the void of Marxist political economy in leftist politics