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*The so-called "[[Vast right-wing conspiracy theory|vast right-wing conspiracy]]" as described by [[Hillary Rodham Clinton]].
 
*The so-called "[[Vast right-wing conspiracy theory|vast right-wing conspiracy]]" as described by [[Hillary Rodham Clinton]].
 
*People (particularly scientists) who are skeptical of [[Global Warming]] are supposedly funded by [[Big Oil]].
 
*People (particularly scientists) who are skeptical of [[Global Warming]] are supposedly funded by [[Big Oil]].
*Operation Northwoods is a 1962 plan by the CIA conspiracy to attack its own citizens in order to place blame on Cuba, hence the right to counter-attack aggression.
 
 
*The theory that a [[neocon]] [[cabal]] controlled the [[George W. Bush|Bush Administration]] and was responsible for the [[War in Iraq]].
 
*The theory that a [[neocon]] [[cabal]] controlled the [[George W. Bush|Bush Administration]] and was responsible for the [[War in Iraq]].
 
*The idea that all paleontologists are falsifying evidence to make the Earth appear [[Young Earth Creationism|older than 6000 years]]
 
*The idea that all paleontologists are falsifying evidence to make the Earth appear [[Young Earth Creationism|older than 6000 years]]

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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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