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and the Republicans don't have the brains.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Conspiracy* Theories Part 1

I imagine there are few users of the net who have not run into conspiracy theory after conspiracy theory. Myself, I've been amused by many a strange tale ranging from snapple being in league with the KKK to a vast network of aliens secretly messing with our world(with some apparently kidnapping humans in order to shove things up their rectums).

I'd be lying to say that I myself wasn't, at one point or another, tempted to believe in a theory here and there. Indeed, so would the vast majority of people. Of course, many of them wouldn't realize they were lying. You see, while many will often mock and write off what others say as “conspiracy theories”, they are blissfully unaware, having failed to employ filters of reason and objective thought to their own opinions, that they themselves believe conspiracy theories. For example, anyone who believes in the “Axis of Evil” as laid out by King George, has believed in a conspiracy theory. Anyone who believes that all Mexicans are moving here for reconquista believes in a conspiracy theory. Anyone who believes that Christians are plotting to install a theocracy, believe in a conspiracy theory.

Indeed, much of what passes for political discourse these days revolve around conspiracy theories. What is interesting about this is the people who do this, who speak of their favorite officially sanctioned conspiracy theories that must be true since all the partisan pundits and politicians they pay attention to have repeated them, are usually the first people to mock others for saying anything that even remotely sounds like a conspiracy theory.

Now, I'm not saying their theories don't have merit. I'm not saying they aren't true. You'd have to live with your head up your ass not to see that conspiracies not only can happen, but do happen. They actually aren't rare at all. Probably the most famous conspiracy, that seems almost certain to have been a conspiracy, was what happened on 9/11. The only thing people disagree on is who the conspirators were, but I know of no one who thinks all those planes just randomly had really bad random misfortune on the same day. I'm only pointing out that so much of what is repeated as legitimate political discourse, from all "sides" and partisan viewpoints, are conspiracy theories. I find that very interesting in this day and age when people are quick to dismiss what someone else says solely because it involves the idea of a conspiracy.

More interesting than this and the reason I started this article, is the question as to why people are so blind to the conspiracy theories they believe and why people have become so quick to suspect conspiracy. I will post more on this at a later date.

Thank you for reading this post.
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*Conspiracy - The act of working in secret to obtain some goal, usually understood with negative connotations. Etymologically, the term comes from Latin con- "with, together", and spirare "to breathe".

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