posted on Feb, 1 2010 @ 07:02 PM
reply to post by davesidious
Conspiracy thinking is dangerous because it does not correctly associate blame, and in doing so, has people fighting a chimera they can never defeat
while ignoring real problems. It is a form of scapegoating, where we identify a conscious evil entity instead of the actual enemy, which is a system
design that institutes radical evil, or the mundane form of accepted ways of doing things that produces negative results by its lack of realism.
Common conspiracy targets are the military-industrial complex, "The Jew," the Masons, the Media, the Christian right, multinational corporations,
and so on. These are more correctly referred to as "lobbies," or those who influence politics indirectly with money and favors and mass mobilization
through media, and when they are successful as "oligarchs," or those who manipulate from behind the scenes with money and power and social
influence. However, lobbies and oligarchs did not create the system as it is, nor do they control it, although they have power in it and profit from
it. They are symptoms and not the disease. The disease is a bad social design that allows such things to happen.
It is beyond doubt that lobbies and oligarchs create damage and perpetuate the decline of a system, but it is a mistake to assign to them a shadowy
role of controlling it or creating it, because one will be then fighting the lobby or oligarch -- which is one of many such entities -- and not
focusing on fixing the system itself. Conspiracy thinking engenders a negative psychology of paranoia and symbolic thinking instead of directing the
user toward a realism in which the social design is corrupt and can be fixed, and that fix will in itself eliminate the power of all lobbies and
oligarchs, actually resolving the problem.
Most who subscribe to conspiracy thinking do so from the following psychological pragma: because X group is in control, and X group can never be
beaten, there is nothing I can do of substance, therefore I will grumble and groan but I will not take practical action, because if I do so, X group
will eliminate me. Conspiracy thinking is not only illogical, but it is a shallow psychological justification for inaction
I think you missed my point.