A conspiracy theory purports to explain a social, political or economic event as being caused or covered up by a covert group or organization. On April 15th 2013, Conspiracy theories went viral on the internet, alleging that the Boston bombings were a 'false flag', an event hoaxed on the unsuspecting public with the aim of fooling the American public into allowing Big Government to leave the people unarmed and therefore unable to defend themselves against tyranny.
This notion is not a new one to the American people, nor is it foreign to humankind. I propose that most human interaction involves conspiracy. When a woman wears lipstick, is she not conspiring to simulate estrus in order to appear attractive? Is not the Hair Club for Men a conspiracy by the male species to fool strangers into believing male pattern baldness avoided you? Would Ben Franklin be a member of Hair Club for Men? I do not doubt it. Ben was a master conspirator, and is beloved by the American public because of his ability to outwit the British.
Anytime Anderson Cooper speaks out against bullying cases, he is a conspiracy theorist because he postulates that multiple antagonists actively sought to harass a certain person. And military history is replete with disinformation, false flags, strategies and tactics meant to fool the enemy. Anytime any group of people wage war on another, you will find conspiracy. As far as the media, they are masters of conspiracy. Anderson's "keeping them honest" segments are a conspiracy by CNN content providers to make us believe that CNN has the monopoly on integrity. Same goes for Fox with their 'Fair and Balanced' motto. Same as Alex Jones and Piers Morgan, having a verbal slugfest on national news some months back. Piers sees a conspiracy of gun crazy Americans and Alex sees an evil Government out to enslave us. I am, like most of us, a spectator. I am neither a Republican or Democrat and I have the same low opinion of politics as the next person...Its almost like we have a conspiracy as a nation to hold our elected leaders in low regard. We, the American Public, are quickly becoming tired and suspicious of mainstream media. I guess we all better get the CT branding irons out and offer up our foreheads.......
Have you ever felt like your parents were "ganging up on you"? Well, look in the mirror. You will see a conspiracy theorist staring back at you, unless, of course you are a vampire and therefore have no reflection. In that case, beware of conspiracy theorists bearing torches and pitchforks.
And now the moral of the story. We are all conspiracy theorists, everyone of us. So is the Government. So is the media. So are the banks. We are all conspirators, as well. Every secret society, every sister whispering in another's ear, every parent who conspires to hide the ugly truth from the ears of their children, too tender in age to process sex or violence, are conspirators . Every party we throw, ever secret we tell, every meeting we take, its all conspiracy.... Conspiracy defines us. Our nation was borne of conspiracy. Did not Paul Revere conspire to alert Boston that the British were coming? Does not every parent "conspire" to lie to their children when they propose the reality of Santa Claus? Isn't every fiction writer on earth conspiring to teleport its readers' minds to another realm? Name a behavior between two people that is not a conspiracy. Calling someone a conspiracy theorist is pretty redundant....
On another April 15th, back in 1865, the shaken and angry leaders of our Government sat around a bed too small for the gaunt figure sprawled across it. That dying figure was Abraham Lincoln and in the coming days, the Government denounced the "Conspiracy of Evil men" who had plotted his assassination.
In fact, the FOUNDING FATHERS put forth the unpopular conspiracy theory that England planned to raise taxes, leave the people poorer and keep them in the dark about their long term nefarious goals. The Founding Fathers were proven correct and were the Government of Lincoln's. So before you write someone off for their conspiracy theories, perhaps you should glean that humanity, every nation and ever age has been inspired, changed and furthered by conspiracy theories.
Labels should not imprison us. In the end, all of us come from a long line of conspiracy theorists. Please tell nobody you read this blog
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