Why society needs Conspiracy Theories & Conspiracy Theorists, by Dan Fournier

Society needs conspiracy theories and conspiracy theorists because throughout history people have conspired to commit crimes and somebody must ferret out the conspiracies. They are much more prevalent than most people think. From Dan Fournier at fournier.substack.com:

“So do not be afraid of them, for there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known.” – Matthew 10:26

As this will be a comprehensive article, I’ve decided to split it up into the following sections:

  • Introduction

  • How did the term come about & become a tool for defamation?

  • A German journalist spills the beans

  • Same Playbook, Different War

  • The Council on Foreign Relations conspiracy

  • Conspiracy Theories that turned out to be true

  • Notable Unresolved Conspiracies

  • Conspiracies to Watch

  • Mini-Guide to Investigating Conspiracies

  • Conclusion

Introduction

 

It seems like you can’t catch a news headline or social media post these days without coming across the terms conspiracy theory and conspiracy theorist, or phrases like ‘spreading conspiracies’. One has to wonder: why are they so frequently employed?

In my most recent published work, I referenced an article from Canada’s National Post which ran with the headline ‘CBSA says it’s investigating border officer spreading COVID conspiracies online.’

The problem with these kinds of articles is that they are too often merely used as hit pieces to ridicule, degrade, and discredit any individual or group that goes against a certain narrative or disagrees with an author’s (or their publication’s partisanship or funders’) views.

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