Confronts imagined conspiracies and social panic attacks including millennial terror in the 10th century, the Great Fear of the 18th century and today's fear of the apocalypse in various forms. This is a laundry list of fears through the centuries, reasons they materialised, how they have affected society and an explanation of how baseless they really are or were. A critique of conspiracy theories, of ill-considered panic, then and now, including Cockburn's own controversial views on global warming.
Alexander Cockburn is a syndicated national columnist, whose work appears regularly in the Nation, NY Free Press, and LA Times, amongst others. Together with Jeffrey St. Clair, he is the editor of the online journal Alexander Cockburn is co-editor of the online journal Counterpunch and has authored and edited numerous books, including the best-selling Whiteout.