So claims Cambridge University Professor Sir Richard Evans speaking at Britain’s Hay Festival, as reported by the Daily Mail:
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A British academic has said conspiracy theories are built into American culture because the country was founded on them.
Professor Sir Richard Evans, of the University of Cambridge, is leading a project into conspiracy theories and is Britain’s leading authority on the subject matter.
Speaking at the Hay Festival yesterday, he said conspiracy theories are more common in the United States compared with other countries.
‘There is an argument that conspiracy theories are built into American culture because that is how America started. The United States was founded on conspiracy theories: the London government was conspiring to deprive America of their liberties.’
Mr Evans cited the JFK assassination, the 9/11 attacks and even campaigns which claim President Obama is not American.
He also believes the internet has not led to an increased belief in such theories.