Conspirituality

By Derek Beres, Matthew Remski, Julian Walker

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A weekly study of converging right-wing conspiracy theories and faux-progressive wellness utopianism. At best, the conspirituality movement attacks public health efforts in times of crisis. At worst, it fronts and recruits for the fever-dream of QAnon. As the alt-right and New Age horseshoe toward each other in a blur of disinformation, clear discourse and good intentions get smothered. Charismatic influencers exploit their followers by co-opting conspiracy theories on a spectrum of intensity ranging from vaccines to child trafficking. In the process, spiritual beliefs that have nurtured creativity and meaning are transforming into memes of a quickly-globalizing paranoia. Conspirituality Podcast attempts to bring understanding to this landscape. A journalist, a cult researcher, and a philosophical skeptic discuss the stories, cognitive dissonances, and cultic dynamics tearing through the yoga, wellness, and new spirituality worlds. Mainstream outlets have noticed the problem. We crowd-source, research, analyze, and dream answers to it.

Episode Date
17: The Politics of QAnon Spirituality (w/Seane Corn & Jared Yates Sexton)
2:22:50
Seane Corn and Jared Yates Sexton join this week to discuss QAnon, wellness, and American history.
Sep 17, 2020
16: So You Want to Save the Earth?
1:52:14
How QAnon distracts from ecology, with special guest John Roulac.
Sep 10, 2020
15: Tantra: Sex, Death, & Chaos
2:11:59
We explore Tantra old and new, share personal stories, and take a comedy break with Alex Auder.
Sep 03, 2020
14: The Problem with Revelation: Psychedelics and Conspiracies
2:04:16
We discuss the effect conspiracy theories are having on psychedelics enthusiasts.
Aug 27, 2020
13: Religion Can Be A Dangerous Verb
2:12:16
Finally, we take on Big Essential Oil. Theo Wildcroft returns to discuss conspiritualists in religion.
Aug 20, 2020
12: So You Want To Stop Child Abuse
2:15:17
Theo Wildcroft and Regan Williams join the conversation to discuss real-world ways to stop child abuse.
Aug 13, 2020
11: Cults and Disaster Spirituality
1:48:49
Julian and Matthew discuss their experiences being indoctrinated into cults.
Aug 06, 2020
10: The Anti-Vaxx Agenda (w/Imran Ahmed)
1:53:02
The dangers of anti-vaxx propaganda and how social media platforms profit from it.
Jul 30, 2020
9: Ableism in Conspiracy Theories (w/Jivana Heyman)
1:52:00
Accessible Yoga founder, Jivana Heyman, joins the podcast to discuss ableism in conspiracy theories.
Jul 23, 2020
8: Taking Dr. Christiane Northrup Seriously (w/ Professor Jacqueline Antonovich)
1:57:22
Professor Jacqui Antonovich of Nursing Clio discusses the history of charisma, magic, and entrepreneurship in women's wellness.
Jul 16, 2020
7: Doctoring COVID: Christiane Northrup’s Great Truther Awakening
1:27:57
A look at Dr. Christiane Northrup's turn to QAnon territory.
Jul 09, 2020
6: Grappling with the Cult of Trump (w/Steven Hassan)
1:54:53
Cult expert Steve Hassan joins this week to discuss his latest book, "The Cult of Trump."
Jul 02, 2020
5: Disease as a Metaphor
1:38:28
The COVID-19 truthers are using old tricks in their branding methods.
Jun 25, 2020
4: Racism in Wellness Culture
1:20:44
Dr. Natalia Petrzela and Dax-Devlon Ross join the conversation on racism in white wellness culture.
Jun 17, 2020
3: Why Are Spiritual People Vulnerable to Conspiracy Theories?
1:11:39
"Spiritual" leaders are falling victim to right-wing conspiracy theories. What to do?
Jun 11, 2020
2: Conspirituality in Zach Bush and J.P. Sears
1:08:50
A look at recent videos by Zach Bush and JP Sears.
Jun 04, 2020
1: Coronation for Whom?
1:10:52
Thoughts on Charles Eisenstein's essay, "The Coronation."
May 28, 2020
0.2: The Kelly Brogan Effect & Red Pills
1:00:07
A discussion of suspect medical claims made by Kelly Brogan and Sayer Ji. We also talk about Julian's new essay, "The Red Pill Overlap."
May 21, 2020
0.1: Conspiracy Theories & Cult Dynamics
1:16:44
We discuss the anti-vax propaganda film, Plandemic, as well as the intersection between conspiracy theories and cults.
May 14, 2020