Richard Wilson

Tuesday, September 15 2009 at 7:30PM

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Richard Wilson

What's the talk about?

In Don't Get Fooled Again, Richard Wilson argues that conspiracy theories aren't the exclusive preserve of dodgy men with blogs. Dodgy politicians often embrace them too – from South Africa's catastrophic dalliance with “AIDS denial”, to the UK government's theory that Saddam Hussein was secretly harbouring Weapons of Mass Destruction, and unfounded US claims about a covert alliance between Iraq and Al Qaeda.

Given the disasters – human and financial - that can result when politicians lose their grip on reality, conspiracy theories are arguably at their most dangerous when they take hold in government.

Richard Wilson studied philosophy at UCL. Don't Get Fooled Again is his second book. More information can be found at