Posted by Henric C. Jensen on July 3, 2007
A conspiracy theory attempts to attribute the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events (usually political, social, or historical events), or the concealment of such causes from public knowledge, to a secret, and often deceptive plot by a covert alliance of powerful or influential people or organizations. Many conspiracy theories claim that major events in history have been dominated by conspirators who manipulate political happenings from behind the scenes. From Wikipedia
“Conspiracy theories are very “nice” – because they create a simply picture of complex matters, and they contain enough elements of plausibility to be believable. And they provide people with a scape-goat for the world’s ills. It doesn’t matter if it’s religious conspiracies, political conspiracies or just alien conspiracies – they all serve as proxy for a sense of powerlessness and in the right hands they can be deadly – like the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion” which lay the foundation of modern Antisemitism, which ultimately lead to the Holocaust. Conspiracy theories serve as a counter to the sense of powerlessness – if people can “unveil” who is really behind it all, they create a sense of being in control within themselves – if nothing else they have exposed “the enemy” and can rally together with others to do battle on that “enemy”.”
“…Why shouldn’t they have, after all it had all the trimmings of a good conspiracy theory – dark, clandestine meetings, money, a plan that threatens all of humanity and a clear perpetrator, that lived in the neighborhood?…” (From some of my Blog Entries keyword Conspiracy Theory)
It is a good idea to withdraw from discussions that start to look for a culprit that is “invisible” or “sinister” assemblies, meetings, sources that cannot be tracked. They have the hallmark of turning into conspiracy theories. They seldom have anything to do with the Truth of matters, and they divert our energy from worthwhile things such as working for the eradication of poverty, fight environmental destruction etc.If you can hold your bearings and not get sucked into the madness, a conspiracy theory can be great fun as entertainment – especially if the conspiracy theorists are clueless and gullible, because they will eat anything as long as it plays into their paranoia.
Who knows you might even be able to mix the current US admin. in with it’s political adversaries and claim that Al Gore’s entourage deliberately chose 07/07 as the date for a “pop concert” because secretely he was/is involved in the cover-up of 9/11…