Difference between revisions of "Conspiracy theory"

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*The [[Vast right-wing conspiracy theory]] of [[Hillary Rodham Clinton]].
 
*The [[Vast right-wing conspiracy theory]] of [[Hillary Rodham Clinton]].
 
*The theory that a [[neocon]] [[cabal]] controls the [[George W. Bush|Bush Administration]] and is responsible for the [[War in Iraq]].
 
*The theory that a [[neocon]] [[cabal]] controls the [[George W. Bush|Bush Administration]] and is 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 [[Jews]] are [[Anti-Semitism|conspiring to destroy civilization]].  (Very popular theory in [[Europe]] from the [[Middle Ages]] on, seems to have lost a lot of currency outside the [[Middle East]] since the [[Holocaust]].)<ref>[http://newint.org/features/2004/10/01/conspiracism/ "ZOG Ate My Brains"]</ref>
 
*The [[Jews]] are [[Anti-Semitism|conspiring to destroy civilization]].  (Very popular theory in [[Europe]] from the [[Middle Ages]] on, seems to have lost a lot of currency outside the [[Middle East]] since the [[Holocaust]].)<ref>[http://newint.org/features/2004/10/01/conspiracism/ "ZOG Ate My Brains"]</ref>
 
*The theory that the Iraq War was started by [[Big Oil]] in order to gain access to cheap [[petroleum]].
 
*The theory that the Iraq War was started by [[Big Oil]] in order to gain access to cheap [[petroleum]].

Revision as of 20:53, 11 January 2009

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. Generally, conspiracy theories are dismissed by the public as nonsense. Some of the most notable are:

Common elements of Conspiracy Theories

Who's blamed for everything may change, but most destructive conspiracy theories believe the same things:

  • The world is divided into 'Us' and 'Them'. We're GOOD, They are EVIL.
  • Our opponents are evil and subversive... possibly not even human.
  • "They" are causing all 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.

References

  1. "ZOG Ate My Brains"
  2. "ZOG Ate My Brains", again