chapter  6
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Conspiracy Theories and the Image of America

In light of the largely dark, secretive, violent, and hypocritical image of America in the world that has been projected by many Hollywood films since the 1960s, it probably is not surprising to learn that many people believe that there is indeed a man behind the curtain of US foreign policy. That “man” may be the CIA, rogue elements within the state, Jews, the Trilateral Commission, the Masons, Big Oil or some other cabal or institution believed to be the puppet master pulling the strings behind the curtain. It would be unfair to claim that Hollywood is solely responsible for the popularity of such theories. Indeed it may not even be principally responsible. But in thinking about the image of America abroad and the factors that contribute to that image, it surely is the case that many Hollywood films have helped nurture conspiracy theories about American actions and aims.