How can you tell when you are listening to a conspiracy theory, versus a story that deserves a respectful hearing?
Jonathan Kay interviewed Americans who believe that their government deliberately killed, or allowed to be killed, thousands of its own citizens on 9/11/2001 so that it could go to war in the Middle East.
The answer to that one is “no.” Often conspiracy theorists lead nations.
Should the Jew, with the aid of his Marxist creed, triumph over the people of the world, his Crown will be the funeral wealth of mankind, and this planet will once again follow its orbit through ether, without any human life on its surface, as it did millions of years ago.
What is the secular basis of Judaism? Practical need, self-interest. What is the worldly religion of the Jew? Huckstering. What is his worldly God? Money.
For instance, socialist candidate for the presidency Bernie Sanders says that our economy is “designed by the wealthiest people in this country to benefit the wealthiest people in this country at the expense of everybody else.”
He doesn’t say it our economy is a self-organizing system, instead he says it was designed by exploiters.
The idea of the economy being rigged also comes up with our current president. Dr. John C Drew, who knew Barack Obama in his younger days at Occidental College, says that Barack believed that the government was rigged so that it created poverty, and the only solution was redistribution of wealth.
In addition, she says the state of Israel promotes the terror of Palestinians against its own civilians–because the “continual and continuously expanding war on terror” helps inflate the profits of the country’s “high-tech security” industries.
Just about every conspiracy theorist I interviewed was very proud to tell me that they trust nothing they are told–and subject every claim to the most exacting scrutiny. This sounds intellectually noble–but in practice, it leads to a kind of nihilism, since there is no fact, historical event, or scientific phenomenon whose truth cannot, in some way, be brought into question by an inventive mind on the hunt for niggling “anomalies.”
But this is a strange point to make. If you believe something, then you should believe all its implications. Why is it sane to believe something, but not up to the point where it might seriously disrupt your life? Surely, either it is true, or it isn’t?
Surely, the death of Princess Diana could not be blamed on the drunk chauffeur who slammed Dodi Fayed’s Mercedes into a concrete pillar; the act must have been orchestrated by M16 in order to prevent the People’s Princess from marrying a Muslim.
“They lied,” Trump said during the CBS News GOP presidential debate. “They said there were weapons of mass destruction. There were none. And they knew there were none. There were no weapons of mass destruction.”
Is interesting though that this statement did not hurt Trump. In fact I recall military people in South Carolina saying that Trump’s anti-war views were the reason they were voting for him. I can understand being against the Iraq war, but I can’t understand believing that Bush deliberately lied, getting lots of people killed in the process, just to get hold of oil fields (which by the way we don’t have control over now anyway).
On the other hand, Trump trusts Vladimir Putin of Russia, who presides over a country without free speech, and whose administration engages in much anti-American propaganda. A final irony with Trump is that he says we should have taken the oil fields for ourselves. “War for oil” is one of the accusations (in my view, unfair) that was made against the leaders who took us to war in that country.
Do we remember Jonathan Gruber, the conceited MIT professor and architect of Obamacare, who bragged that he had hoodwinked a supposedly far dumber America in order to ram the Affordable Care Act down its collective throat — while he was paid nearly $300,000 to talk the bill through Congress as a contract analyst for the Department of Health and Human Services? After President Obama had assured the American people that they could keep their doctors and their health plans, while seeing their premium costs decrease, Gruber high-fived that voters were too stupid to figure out how they had been misled: “This bill was written in a tortured way to make sure CBO did not score the mandate as taxes,” Gruber crowed. “If CBO scored the mandate as taxes, the bill dies. Okay, so it’s written to do that. . . . Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really critical for the thing to pass.
Obama’s Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes fooled the public with the myth of Iranian “moderates” locked in a struggle with “extremists”. This narrative was invented, to “eliminate a source of structural tension between [the US and Iran] which would create the space for America to disentangle itself from its established system of alliances with countries like Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel and Turkey.
Understanding motives correctly is crucial in avoiding conspiracy theories. And if you get the motives of one set of actors completely wrong, the rest of your worldview will distort itself around that.
Among The Truthers – Jonathan Kay (2011)