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From the Satanic Panic to QAnon

A deep dive on the Finders "cult" and Ted Gunderson
News footage of a Finder being arrested on February 7, 1987

News footage of a Finder being arrested on February 7, 1987

This presentation by Joseph L. Flatley was given at a conference on the Satanic Panic organized by The Satanic Temple in October 2020.

In the talk, he uses the story of The Finders — a small commune unfairly maligned as a "cult" — to discuss the political dimension of conspiracy theories. It also covers the story of Ted Gunderson, who went from being an FBI-COINTELPRO guy to a major figure in conspiracy theory culture. And of course, this all connects to QAnon.

There's a lot of interesting, little-discussed history here, suitable for listening during jogs, long car rides, and wherever else you consume your podcasts.

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