I have long been intrigued by the power of the term “conspiracy theory,” but not because it contains any useful information. It does not. It is a blunt weapon used to beat people into quiet submission even as they hold views of the world around them at variance with their peers and colleagues. It is a powerful thought control device. Its true content is this:
I think most who come to this website know or are vaguely remember that the origin of the term is in a 1967 CIA memo circulated to all of its bureaus called “Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report.” That’s rich, as in that document we will find unspoken knowledge within the Deep State that the JFK assassination was a public hoax, making the memo itself a “ riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.”
In the wake of the memo, newspaper outlets began using the term, and its use has spread. I find it ghastly, as those who mimic the words imagine themselves smarter than those they hurl them at. They do not know how to think. I once devised a response for use against people hurling the epithet, roughly as follows:
“These attitudes you have adopted – I know they comfort you. You are indifferent and incurious about the important events of our times. You are smug about it, thinking yourself wise to be so. But I must advise you that from a distance your attitude is indistinguishable from stupidity.”
That never sets well. No one likes to be called stupid, and those on the receiving end of that paragraph usually retreat deeper into their jail cells.
So what is a conspiracy? It is two or more people acting in concert to the disadvantage of others. After all, if they were working for the good of others, they would have no reason to do so in secret.
If your spouse is cheating on you behind your back, he/she is acting in a conspiracy. That’s easy enough to see. But we have seen here over the years very large conspiracies, public hoaxes on the scale of JFK asnd 911 and the fake moon landings, and there it is difficult to grasp the ability of certain groups to keep secrets.
“Someone would have talked,” goes the common response. That is true. Someone would have talked. People do talk! Someone always talks. But who repeats their words?
Astronaut Neil Armstrong literally laid it on the line with his words “truth’s protective layers.” He was military, and men and women there are subject to forces that keep them quiet. They stand to lose pension and benefits, and perhaps even face brig time if they speak up. They have signed confidentiality agreements, and never having seen one, I can only suggest they are bulletproof. I suspect that this is the reason why so many of our public hoaxes, most recently the Highlands Ranch STEM shooting, happen in or near swamps of military bases … Denver is spook central. All participants are oath-bound to secrecy and subject to censure and punishment if they break ranks.
I once, back in the day, read a book by two brothers, James and Kenneth Collier called “Votescam.” It was about early election fraud in Dade County, Florida. The boys came face to face with real power in the form of Janet Reno, and were brick-walled out of finding out what lay beneath rigged elections long before Bush v Gore. They brought their story to the Washington Post, thinking the newspaper outlet that uncovered the Watergate scandal would be happy to uncover another. Silence.
They did not know how to interpret the silence. Perhaps the two were controlled opposition, as both supposedly died young and neither are listed at Geni.com. But here is the point: They uncovered a conspiracy of vast proportions, and they talked. Someone always talks. And they were stonewalled. Their message to this day has not penetrated the veil of deceit and corruption that surrounds all of our public activities and institutions, most notably, our elections.
“Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see …” wrote someone, some group behind John Lennon.
Here’s another. This is Michael Mann, of Hockey Stick infamy, in an October 3, 2003 email leaked as part of the Climategate package:
“Let our supporters in higher places use our scientific response to push the broader case against [Steve McIntyre and Ross McKitrick]. So I look forward to people’s attempts to revise the first [paragraph in] particular. I took the liberty of forwarding the previous draft to a handful of our closet colleagues, just so they would have a sense of approximately what we’ll be releasing later today – i.e., a heads up as to how [M and M] achieved their result.”
Who are the supporters in higher places? What about the use of the word “closet”? It is easy enough to say that he meant “closest,” but in a paragraph that also contains “supporters in higher places,” I would be hesitant to make that assumption.
The Climategate emails were leaked. Someone talked! Someone always talks. In this case the damage was real, as scientists who theretofore had been reticent and silent in the face of obvious pseudoscience and corruption were empowered to speak up. Now there is a healthy community of skeptics. A conspiracy was exposed. For once someone talking had some effect. I do not know to what end, as I do not think bad science is the essence of Climategate, but rather bad public policy that goes forward despite the widespread knowledge that Michael Mann is a pseudo-scientist and Al Gore is a whore. Another day.
So what is “conspiracy theory” in the larger landscape? It is propaganda. It is thought control. I think if we delve deeper into Wordspeak and behavioral psychology, we will find that it is a real, manufactured and useful tool for the Deep State and the behavioral psychologists who work there. It is a thought-stopper.
Me: “I think that Columbine was a hoax. I’ve done hours upon hours of research and writing. I think no one died, and that there never existed an “Eric Harris” or a “Dylan Klebold.”
JQ Citizen: “Man, that’s some conspiracy theory you got there.”
Truth be told, I never encounter a social situation where the above words would be uttered aloud. The subject never arises, and were I to broach it, my words would settle like soft snow in winter, making no sound, having no impact. But let me rephrase that conversation as it plays out in real-think, as opposed to Wordspeak:
Me: “I think that Columbine was a hoax. It was television drama. It took years to plan. No one died. It was just a TV show, but if something is on TV, people reflexively think it is real.”
JQ Citizen: “Stop thinking!”
That’s all the conspiracy theory meme is, a thought-stopper. That it works so well is testimony to the power and intelligence of the hidden forces who own our minds.As Edward Bernays said (someone always talks) in his 1928 book Propaganda,
“No serious sociologist any longer believes that the voice of the people expresses any divine or specially wise and lofty idea. The voice of the people expresses the mind of the people, and that mind is made up for it by group leaders in who it believes and by those persons who understand the manipulation of public opinion. It is composed of inherited prejudices and symbols and clichés and verbal formulas supplied to them by the leaders.”
That’s all that “conspirator theory”, is – a cliché, a verbal formula, supplied by leaders.