In this most recent issue of Secrecy and Society, we address how ideology and popular beliefs are constituted through knowledge claims such as "alternative facts," disinformation, disingenuous rhetoric, “populist conspiracy theory,” "post-truth," and propaganda.

The inspiration for this special issue is Richard Hofstadter’s paranoid style in politics, which include ideas on authoritarianism, history as conspiracy, and anti-intellectualism.

Michal Grosicki Artwork Photo by Michał Grosicki.

Articles in this issue of Secrecy and Society explore conspiracy and paranoia in the Twitterverse, “elliptical secrets,” comparative views of secrecy and the paranoid style in politics, “black box secrecy” in education, and the Cold War Psychological Strategy Board. Issue 2 continues with a discussion of the Joint Declaration on Freedom of Expression and “Fake News,” Disinformation, and Propaganda, several book reviews, and an analysis of freedom of information requests submitted to Australian and U.S. government agencies on torture of Australian citizens..

Current Issue: Volume 1, Number 2 (2018) Secrecy and Authoritarianism



Book Reviews