A conspiracy theory is really any theory about any incident that puts the government in a bad light and which the government doesn’t like. If it’s the government or its friends propounding a conspiracy, like Russia hacking the election, it’s not a conspiracy theory. From Doug “Uncola” Lynn at theburningplatform.com:
Whenever anyone uses the term conspiracy theory or calls someone a conspiracy theorist in any debate, they are, in most instances, revealing their own contempt prior to investigation. This is, in fact, an exemplification of prejudice even by those claiming their minds are open. In truth, they are not willing to consider any evidence that might challenge what they have previously decided to be untrue, or unproven; these, of course, being two very separate prospects.
If people were intellectually honest they would acknowledge, at the very least, the POSSIBILITY of SOME truth behind what they designate as “conspiracy”. Or, should they wish to engage in the discussion, they would debate using opposing facts; or any additional contravening corroboration behind their perspectives and ideological positioning.
This, of course, requires some level of enthusiasm to discuss any given subject and a moderate comprehension of the elementary facts regarding the stated topic. Sadly, for most people, they lack both, and when they cannot muster the energy to converse, acknowledge alternative possibilities, or present opposing arguments, they will then either engage in ad hominem labeling or attempt to characterize any perceived contradicting evidence as “conspiracy”.
Perhaps they do this as a defense mechanism in order to ensure the continuity of their worldview. Or it could simply be the result of apathy, laziness, fear, or pride. Or maybe most folks just don’t like loose ends.
Nevertheless, these are the people who comprise the majority of American citizens today. The same folks who swallow, hook, line, and sinker, that the September 11, 2012 attack on the American Embassy in Benghazi, Libya was caused by a YouTube video; and that the Russians hacked the 2016 Presidential Election.
Talk about conspiracy theories!
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