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Birthers, Social Justice & the Texas Textbook Massacre The Nature of Paranoid Style, Conspiracies, and the Ruse Narrative in Extremist Discourse

In our studies of extremist narratives it has been helpful to make pragmatic use of Kenneth Burke’s theory of form. Burke teaches us to think about stories in the old fashioned modernist way, essentially derived from Aristotle (all stories have beginnings, middles, and endings) but improved through applications of a Jungian sensitivity to archetypes and the psychology of persuasive appeals that rely on the satisfaction of desired outcomes rooted in binary conflicts: good versus evil, believers versus infidels, us versus them.