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Conspiracy theories… May 31, 2015

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Got to admit I like this from David Baddiel from some time back.

I don’t like anything that moves into the territory of conspiracy theories, because conspiracy theories are how idiots get to feel like intellectuals.


1. Dr. X - June 1, 2015

My favourite conspiracy theory is the one that holds that Marshal Tito of Yugoslavia was secretly a woman.


2. Michael Carley - June 1, 2015

Noam Chomsky invented the best one: the conspiracy theories about the Kennedy assassination were invented by the CIA to divert the left from addressing what’s really going on in the world.


3. sonofstan - June 1, 2015

Every year about this time we ask 2nd year students to submit dissertation proposals for next year. And every year we get at least a couple wshing to ‘prove’ that the illuminati run the music business, using clues in Jay-Z lyrics or something. I suspect more people under 30 believe 9/11 was an inside job or the like than believe in the possbility of socialism.


CL - June 1, 2015


“At 15 per cent in the Democratic polls, Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont, is riding higher than any US socialist since Eugene Debs ran for the White House a century ago.”


4. clueless - June 1, 2015

and serial numbers put on secret votes.


5. Gewerkschaftler - June 1, 2015

Isn’t the problem that conspiracy theories make history play like a thriller, that could be turned into a Hollywood movie or an HBO series.

It’s much more fun and a lot less work than trying to make out broad, complex long-term developments obscured by a treacherous layer of pure happenstance.

I’m just reading a biography of Putin – his rise to power would seem to be a series of highly unlikely accidents, but Putin happened when it was Putin-time.

But that’s just what they want me to think. Or perhaps I’m one of them!



6. Dr. X - June 1, 2015


Dr. X - June 1, 2015

This post was an attempt to see if I could post an image, but it turns out I can’t.


Gabriel Bonnar - June 1, 2015

You can blame the CIA and the illuminati for that technical veto, Dr. X.


Gewerkschaftler - June 2, 2015

Like that?


Gewerkschaftler - June 2, 2015

I knew Mrs. Windsor did something for a living.

Just copy and paste the URL to the Image Dr. X, and WordPress does the rest. (And posts your IP Address to the NSA).



Dr. X - June 2, 2015


7. roddy - June 1, 2015

” Conspiracy theory” was a cracker of a film ,no matter what you think of Mel Gibson.


8. Enzo - June 2, 2015

Child abuse rings in British high society were once the preserve of conspiracy theorists… sometimes the tag on conspiracy theory can help keep the truth obscured.

*takes off tin foil hat*


Gewerkschaftler - June 2, 2015

True dat, indeedy.

In fact you can pretty much guarantee these days when someone in power uses the word ‘conspiracy theory’ as a result of criticism, then the critic is has (perhaps accidentally) gotten close to an inconvenient truth.


9. ar scáth a chéile - June 2, 2015

“Conspiracy theory” is often just a lazy response to attempts to show the structural injustice of capitalism.


10. ar scáth a chéile - June 2, 2015

And couldnt capitalism be described as an accumulation of conspiracies. cf Adam Smith:
“People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”


sonofstan - June 2, 2015

Thing is, conspiracy theories are often preferred to more complicated explanations – it’s easier to blame the Bilderberg group rather than read all three volumes of Capital and grasp how many systems conspire, even against the short term intentions of individual agents, to oppress us.


ar scáth a chéile - June 2, 2015

…or going to the bother of gathering evidence to back the theory up..or refute it as the case may be. But I do think “conspiracy theory” is bandied about too easily ( like the charge of ” political correctness” ) – particularly with some responses to the Chomsky/Herman propaganda/filter model of the media.


11. CL - June 2, 2015

“There exists a subterranean world where pathological fantasies disguised as ideas are churned out by crooks and half-educated fanatics for the benefit of the ignorant and superstitious.” In certain historical situations such an underworld captivates millions of otherwise sane people, becomes a political force, and changes the course of history.


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