Episode 342: Joseph Flatley


In Satan Goes to the Mind Control Convention’s eponymous essay, Joseph Flatley visits a convention of therapists dedicated to uncovering repressed memory, a fascinating artifact from the Satanic Panic that gripped the U.S. in the 1980s. His upcoming followup, Finders, is set to explore similar territory, this time focusing on a rumored kidnapping ring with CIA ties. Since leaving the world of tech journalism, the author has devoted himself to the world of conspiracy theory. In the intervening years, the mainstream media has joined him, as concepts like Pizzagate and Q-Anon have gained popular acceptance, from YouTube propagandists like Alex Jones to the President of the United States. We sat down with Flatley on a recent trip to Pittsburgh to discuss the rise of conspiracy from flat earth to the Satanic Panic, and what, if anything, can be done to stop it.

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