Originally posted by Swampfox46_1999
reply to post by Donny 4 million
Ok- are you related to or work in the same office as one that would challenge folks that have the goods on you and your masters from a conspiracy
angle? Could you and Daveidious be a tag team?
Are you a Marxist? Do you torture animals in secret? Do you like my questions?
Do you Comprende
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term "conspiracy theory" may be a neutral descriptor for any legitimate or illegitimate claim of civil, criminal or political conspiracy. To
conspire means "to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or to use such means to accomplish a lawful end." However,
conspiracy theory is also used to indicate a narrative genre that includes a broad selection of (not necessarily related) arguments for the existence
of grand conspiracies.
The word "theory" is, in this usage, sometimes considered to be more informal as in "speculation" or "hypothesis" rather than mainstream
scientific theory. Also, the term conspiracy is typically used to indicate powerful figures, often of the Establishment, who are believed to be
deceiving the population at large, as in political corruption. Although some conspiracies are not actually theories, they are often labeled as such by
the general populace.
The first recorded use of the phrase "conspiracy theory" dates from 1909. Originally it was a neutral term but during the political upheaval of the
1960s it acquired its current derogatory sense. It entered the supplement to the Oxford English Dictionary as late as 1997.
The term "conspiracy theory" is frequently used by scholars and in popular culture to identify secret military, banking, or political actions aimed
at stealing power, money, or freedom, from "the people". Less illustrious uses refer to folklore and urban legend and a variety of explanatory
narratives which are constructed with methodological flaws. The term is also used in a pejorative sense to automatically dismiss claims that are
deemed ridiculous, misconceived, paranoid, unfounded, outlandish or irrational. For example, the term "Watergate conspiracy theory" does not refer
to the generally accepted version in which several participants actually were convicted of conspiracy, and others pardoned before any charges were
filed, but to alternative and additional theories such as claims that that the source(s) of information called "Deep Throat" was a
Daniel Pipes, in an early essay "adapted from a study prepared for the CIA", attempted to define which beliefs distinguish 'the conspiracy
mentality' from 'more conventional patterns of thought'. He defined them as: appearances deceive; conspiracies drive history; nothing is haphazard;
the enemy always gains power, fame, money, and sex.
According to West and Sanders, when talking about conspiracies in the Vietnam era, Pipes includes within the fringe element anyone who entertains the
thought that conspiracies played a role in the major political scandals and assassinations that rocked American politics in the Vietnam era. "He sees
the paranoid style in almost any critical historical or social-scientific analysis of oppression."