Adrian Vermeule

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Founder ofCognitive infiltration
InterestsConspiracy Theories

Adrian Vermeule

Co-authored an infamous paper with Cass Sunstein on "Conspiracy Theories" which tried to link questioning governments' official narratives with violence, and suggested that "the best response [to "conspiracy theorists"] consists in cognitive infiltration of extremist groups".

In 2021 Mark Pulliam termed Adrian Vermeule & Sunstein "Leviathan’s Apologists", observing that "for its enthusiasts, the possible unconstitutionality of the administrative state doesn’t matter."[1]


A Document by Adrian Vermeule

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
File:Cass sunstein conspiracies.pdfpaper15 January 2008"Conspiracy theory"A classic Official Narrative-type exposition of Conspiracy theory and Conspiracy Theorists with recommendations on how governments should deal with them. It is the principal source of the now widely-used expression "Cognitive Infiltration"


A Quote by Adrian Vermeule

Cass Sunstein“Those who subscribe to conspiracy theories may create serious risks, including risks of violence, and the existence of such theories raises significant challenges for policy and law.”15 January 2008


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