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“QAnon 2.0: “Sound of Freedom” and the rise of MAGA vigilantism” — OPERATION MINDFUCK author Robert Guffey featured in Salon

Saturday, September 2nd, 2023

“I once met a former Scientologist at a backyard barbecue who explained to me how L. Ron Hubbard, the mediocre science fiction author who founded the Church of Scientology in the 1950s, got his retro-pulp novel “Battlefield Earth” on the bestseller lists in 1982. According to this fellow, the church compelled all its members to rush out and buy multiple copies for friends, family members and even non-Scientologists (sometimes derogatorily known as “wogs”). How many copies of that 1,050-page doorstop actually got read? There’s no way to know, but “Battlefield Earth” spent eight weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. 

Something similar happened earlier this summer with Alejandro Gómez Monteverde’s film “Sound of Freedom,” which occupied the No. 1 spot at the box office until it was mercifully overtaken by Greta Gerwig’s “Barbie.” Whatever the original intentions of the filmmakers may have been, “Sound of Freedom” arrived in theaters as a thinly disguised QAnon recruitment film whose star, Jim Caviezel, is an evangelical Christian who has said he believes in the central myth of that conspiracy theory: that innocent children are being kidnapped by Satanists, dragged into underground dungeons and tortured to manufacture a chemical called “Adrenochrome,” whose consumption keeps the privileged elite forever youthful. This fantastical concept is ripped off from various sources, including Hunter S. Thompson’s 1971 “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” as well as an array of grade-B horror movies.

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“QAnon’s weirdest obsession: Why does the radical far right fear the Masons?” — OPERATION MINDFUCK author Robert Guffey featured in Salon

Sunday, August 13th, 2023

In my most recent nonfiction book, “Operation Mindf**k: QAnon & the Cult of Donald Trump,” I focused extensively on a “QTuber” named Rick Rene, because I viewed him then and now as the perfectly imperfect microcosm of the entire messed-up QAnon universe, which perceives the Democratic Party as an elaborate cover for Satanic/Masonic pedophiles seeking to transform the Earth into a “one-world government.”

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“The United States of Conspiracy” — OPERATION MINDFUCK author Robert Guffey featured on WTF with Marc Maron

Monday, July 3rd, 2023

Conspiracy scholar Robert Guffey joins Marc to talk about the origins of modern conspiracy theories. What is the Illuminati? Why is Freemasonry central to so many conspiracies? How do cultural icons like Rudyard Kipling, John Huston and Steven Spielberg factor into the spread of conspiracy thinking? And how did Qanon grab hold of the fevered conspiratorial mind?

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“The weird, wild origins of QAnon” — OPERATION MINDFUCK author Robert Guffey interviewed on Night Dreams Talk Radio

Monday, May 23rd, 2022

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“A tremendous amount of insight into the problems of the QAnon conspiracy… Very informative and entertaining” — OPERATION MINDFUCK author Robert Guffey interviewed on The Independent Riot

Wednesday, February 23rd, 2022

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“An undying interest in Conspiracy Theory as the ultimate hidden influencer of our times” — OPERATION MINDFUCK author Robert Guffey interviewed in VoyageLA

Saturday, January 1st, 2022

Keen journalists I’ve known personally have long been fascinated by the paranormal as well as the persuasive and propagandistic aspects of conspiracy theories… Studying conspiracies and the paranormal… doesn’t require a PhD from a well-respected Ivy League University. It only requires an intense desire to pierce the veil between the quotidian world and the hidden world, between Main Street and Wonderland, between the L.A. Times and Cryptoscatology. Upon piercing this veil some will lose their minds. Others are able to navigate these realms with a certain detachment and dark sense of humor.

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