This Is Not Your Fathers FBI
The X-Files and the Delegitimation of the Nation State
By Paul A. Cantor
This article appeared in the Summer 2001 issue of The Independent Review
The popularity of The X-Files in the 1990s seemed to reflect a growing cynicism about the U.S. government. Perhaps the TV shows most extraordinary message is that the public figures seen in Washington, D.C., who seem to represent the nation-state in all its flag-waving glory, are much less consequential than the operatives of obscure government agencies.