Read through a couple of classic conspiracy theory books, The Trillion Dollar Conspiracy by Jim Marrs, and Behold A Pale Horse by William Cooper - not as a believer, but an observer of the culture (though I do appreciate how these folks challenged authority and questioned official narratives, even if they were usually wildly off). One thing I've found fascinating is that the conspiracy theories of yesteryear were legitimately anti-authoritarian, sounding the alarm about the surveillance state and warning of the government implementing martial law in violation of the constitution... Now modern social media-based conspiracies like QAnon have their followers actively supporting a military takeover of the country. It's fascinating to me how people who may once have been concerned about the state's violation of privacy and liberty have now been manipulated via these back channels into supporting an authoritarian, martial law state, as long as it leads to the extermination of their enemies. It's a disappointing and worrisome development.
After that I read Naomi Klein's The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism, a history of the conquering of the world's economy by multinationals through violent military dictatorships funded by the CIA, and the leveraging of disasters by the World Bank and IMF to force poor countries to sell off their public infrastructure and cut social services, leaving a trail of dead and massive global poverty in their wake.
Now I'm on to the Chomsky/Herman classic Manufacturing Consent, a study of the propaganda role played by Western media in pushing state and corporate agendas.