posted on Jun, 30 2006 @ 03:59 PM
Conspiracy theories are often colored by the ideology of the theorists. Those on the “ideological left” and those on the “ideological right”
(I use two groupings here for simplicity’s sake) both have their respective conspiracy theories. It seems to me that both sides’ theories accuse
the other side of being “in bed with” or “a tool of” the enemy, whatever form that enemy may take. As a scholar on ideologically left, I
argue much of the analysis of the left can offer a lot to conspiracy theorist on the right. Theories on the right, too, have a lot to offer those on
To illustrate this, I’ll use the following example…
It has been a contention of many traditional “ideologically right” conspiracy theories that an elite group controls the economy of the world (via
the Fed, other Central Banks, international trade agreements, etc). The elites or ring leaders of such conspiracies are often some composite of the
de jour enemies of the (insert nationality here) way of life. In America, even 50 some years after the Red Scare, many conspiracy theories on the
right still argue that the Fed is a tool of the “international communist conspiracy”. To somebody on the left, this couldn’t seem more silly.
Such alienation and finger-pointing disunites the populace and sends theorists on “wild-goose chases,” away from the real truth.
The important thing to keep in mind is that, regardless upon who the blame is placed and regardless of ideology, the broad theme of conspiracy theory
remains the following: the creation or strengthening of a global oligarchy under the control and power of a few, wealthy persons.
The theories of the “ideologically left” agree with the right on this broad, basic premise. The left, too, argues that a global oligarchy exists,
embodied by capitalists (those who own the majority of stocks and bonds), and attempts to gain and assert power over the lower classes (often arguing
that conservative ideologies are one method of maintaining such control – something conservatives would find silly). There exists a great wealth of
analysis done by the scholars of the left, which describes how and why capital, i.e. the global elite, gains and maintains its power.
For example: Since the 1970s, capital, i.e. the global elite, has suppressed real wages of workers and jacked up real interest rates to create a
broad income redistribution from the lower classes to the ueber-wealthy rentier oligarchy. Many leftist scholars have explored in this trend in
depth, and I believe that conspiracy theory on the right could benefit greatly by exploring such analysis – it shows the mechanics of how the global
elite are actually sucking the economic life out of their proclaimed subjects! Perhaps I’ll start a more in-depth thread on this later, as it’s
something I’ve studied much over the past year.
The point of this longwinded post: Conspiracy theorists should shy away from ideological battles between left and right, and focus on the
power-grabs of the global elite. Both ideologies offer much to the analysis of the elite, their goals, and their methods. Focus on battling the
elite, not on battling each other.