During my teens and early twenties, I was very much into conspiracy theories. I
believed that the "New World Order" was just around the corner, that the government
was hiding evidence of alien presence on Earth, and that "good" aliens were coming to
save us from ourselves. All the typical crap you know.
Before I make this thesis I should make a disclaimer. It's just as irrational to
categorically reject all conspiracy theories as false as it is to believe they're all true
and interconnected. Some conspiracies turn out to be real. Crystal Night, Watergate and
the claim that Saddam had WMD's were genuine government conspiracies. I don't think
it's impossible that 9/11 and the JFK assassination had some element of conspiracy to
them. I just reject the idea that there is any kind of well-organized plan for world
domination agreed on by the majority of power people in business and government.
I used to be a hardcore conspiracy believer and even believed I was an alien
contactee. Now I think I was delusional on both fronts and that the shadowy conspiracy
world simply doesn't exist.
Around the time I turned 23 I started to embrace scepticism. I realized the
evidence for many things I believed in was simply lacking. For example there's millions
of photos and videos online of UFOs and alleged aliens now yet none of them have
proven to be a smoking gun. This highly suggests to me that aliens either don't exist
at all or if they do they are of such an ethereal nature that we probably won't ever be
able to have "disclosure". I doubt if aliens on Earth exist that the government even
knows much about them.
I also see no evidence that a "new world order" is trying to be imposed on us in
any organized sort of way. Conspiracy theorists say it's been in the making for centuries.
What's taking so long then? They also ignore the fact that many of the world's
governments and corporations are competitors and have completely different goals. I'm
not saying Bilderberg and Bohemian Grove don't exist but I don't think they're nearly
as powerful as conspiracy theory fans (yes I said "fans") believe.
Conspiracy theorists also believe that the United States and eventually the entire
world are either on their way to Hitlerian fascism or that they already are fascist. This is
downright delusional. I'm not saying that I'm naive enough to think America doesn't
have any serious problems. Poverty and homelessness are growing, the social safefy net
is shrinking and education levels are frightening. On the whole though it's really not that
bad at all. There's no evidence of FEMA concentration camps, there's no way they could
take away guns from over 100 million people and martial law is not coming or imminent.
There also aren't any laws that discriminate against any specific groups, quite the law
predatory groups like Westboro and Scientology are reluctantly protected by our process
What really has turned me off from conspiracy theory more than anything is the
libertarian and anti-intellectual agenda theorists push. Conspiracy theorists are punks
who hate authority simply for being authority, no matter how well deserved that
authority may or may not be. While it's always healthy to question authority conspiracy
theorists take it to a whole other level.
They also ignore the fact that the main threat comes from from the government
and democratic process but from corporate entities projecting their power on the
government. The "constitutional" minarchy libertarian conspiracy theorists wish for
would be far more totalitarian and married with corporate power than the current
Chew on this. Not only does the government not silence dissent, even if you are
a terrorist like the Boston bomber they will still give you a fair trial. Some GOPers
thought Tsarnaev should have been given a military tribunal as an enemy combatant
but thanks to our democratic process even someone who attacked the United States
is being given a fair hearing and will more than likely not be put to death. If this really
was a fascist country Tsarnaev would have just been shot in the head the moment
he was caught with no questions asked later.
Conspiracy theories can be outright dangerous. The Holocaust was perpetrated
largely because of conspiratorial beliefs about Jews wanting to take over the world. The
anti-vaccine movement in the US has caused diseases like measles to make a
comeback. If Jim Henson wasn't skeptical of modern medicine he probably wouldn't
have died of pneumonia at a young age.
I'm not saying we should just suck up to our leaders and accept anything they tell
us. We should always have an open mind and ask questions. I'm just saying we
shouldn't hate things just because they're academically supported and popular.
edit on 13-5-2013 by Gazrok because: Edited by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Paragraphs.