Conspiracy theory

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A conspiracy theory is a belief that the official report on a major event is inaccurate or blatantly false in order to cover up an unattractive occurrence. Conspiracy theories are usually dismissed by the public as nonsense; however, in rare cases some are later proven to be true. Some of the most notable are:

Common elements of Conspiracy Theories

The target blamed for everything may change, but most destructive conspiracy theories believe the same things:

  • The world is divided into 'us' and 'them'. We are "good," and they are "evil."
  • Our opponents are evil and subversive... possibly not even human.
  • "They" are responsible for our troubles – We are blameless and without fault.
  • Time is running out, and we must act immediately to avoid disaster.

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Conspiracy theories provide an important element of certainty in a world that seems random and perverse. Believing that a small, evil group controls everything is actually more reassuring to some minds than believing things just happen by random circumstance. Often it can be entertaining, and many documentaries and TV specials have been produced about conspiracy theories.

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