Thursday, July 14, 2005

Defending conspiracy "crackpots"

Those who suffer from conspiracy phobia are fond of saying: Do you actually think there's a group of people sitting around in a room plotting things? For some reason that image is assumed to be so patently absurd as to invite only disclaimers. But where else would people of power get together on park benches or carousels? Indeed, they meet in rooms: corporate boardrooms, Pentagon command rooms, at the Bohemian Grove, in the choice dining rooms at the best restaurants, resorts, hotels, and estates, in the many conference rooms at the White House, the NSA, the CIA, or wherever. And, yes, they consciously plot though they call it planning and strategizin and they do so in great secrecy, often resisting all efforts at public disclosure. ...

Yet there are individuals who ask with patronizing, incredulous smiles, do you really think that the people at the top have secret agendas, are aware of their larger interests, and talk to each other about them? To which I respond, why would they not?

The above is from an excellent post by a fellow blogger. I, for one, fully believe in what King George sez and I will not tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories which might attempt to shift blame. After all, any idea or thought which has not been firmly planted in my brain by the governimmediatelybe immediatly dismissed as a conspriacy theory so as to discredit not only the thought but especially the source of the thought. Kill the messenger I say, especially when the message is not one which you agree with!

I, for one, gladly admit to the embracing of any conspiracy theory for which there is credible evidence. But those who condemn me for my views never seem interested in examining the evidence, their purposes being more to prevent the raising of discomforting questions. Having read a good deal of history over the years, I ask my critics to account for the countless foreign intrigues, plots, assassinations, alliances, and other cabals that have been at the heart of so much of the history of the world. Do Shakespeare's tragedies, almost all of which are grounded in conspiracies of one kind or another have nothing to teach us about the machinations of human behavior?

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