December 19, 2018
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The term “conspiracy theory” wasn’t used much prior the JFK assassination and coverup. The official narrative has, since been by materials recently declassified by President Trump, been fully debunked.
So questionable were the official “answers” of the day, a great number of Americans began doing their own independent search for clues via newspaper clippings, and other examples of independent research to supplement whatever might be read between the lines on the fraudulent Warren Commission Report. These were arguably the first significant group of American “conspiracy theorists.”
Originally the phrase meant pretty much what one would expect by taking the two words placed together for their own respective definitions. Conspiracy meaning simply that two or more individuals make some secret, and most often nefarious plans, and theory, meaning a hypothesis (initial presupposed notion,) that’s passed some measure of review and or testing for plausibility and congruency.
With the advent of the Internet, exploration that was once relegated to conversation with “crazy” uncles, or the odd ball friend that might “read too many books,” became a more common activity.
The Internet basically created a collective consciousness and allowed efficient delivery of little pieces held by individuals to others that either have their own to tie in, or those with sufficient curiosity and intelligence to connect some dots. And as one would expect, conspirators were starting to see their own schemes coming up in an increasingly common range of discussions.
While some, like Jay Rockefeller openly bemoaned a “down side” to the Internet, others apparently got to work on the task of shaming any who might do a little “too much” digging.
The details of their scheme to redirect focus away from the “wild notions” online and back to the highly regulated content that appears on their television are known to precious few. But what we do know is, within a few short decades, a completely neutral phrase “conspiracy theory” has come to mean “wild rubbish” to a vast majority of the world’s online population.
And of course the ad hominem “conspiracy theorist” wouldn’t be complete with easily recognizable accessories like the iconic “foil hat” which has become its own catch phrase to serve as an alternative to use interchangeably as a synonymous insult.
Hollywood certainly did their part by releasing a feature film starring Mel Gibson as “Conspiracy Theorist.” In this one the central character is basically portrayed as mentally ill for what’s presented as an autistic interest in solving big puzzles. And to make the movie watchable, just the one of countless wildly implausible theories turns out by happy accident to be a real discovery. And the script was carefully crafted to ensure this wouldn’t exonerate his “lifestyle,” as much as serving an example of the “broken clock” that might be right twice a day.
Hollywood cannot effectively propagandize without offer of entertainment, and that’s offered in the form of seeing how he and his new friend are in great and exciting jeopardy as the conspirators that didn’t like having their big secret unraveled come after the pair to see them silenced. But obviously the essential message of the film was that pursuit of “conspiracy theories” wasn’t an activity for all to exercise their brains and better understand their own world, but a mostly harmful expression of mental illness.
Now few want to believe that they are “brainwashed” by media, and so most are reluctant on an emotional level to believe that their mindset would be rewired by their weekend movie choices. Those with some knowledge of marketing, however, know that companies like Coca Cola will pay millions to have a few frames of film include their product on a table or in the hands of an actor or actress.
When you recognize the clear value of impressionability exploited by marketers, it should logically follow that the script and story carry a much higher tangible value to another sort of ideological “marketing.” So moviegoers should be well aware that there’s often a lot more thought that goes into a script than just sheer entertainment.
In real life, the big conspiracies of global control are hardly kept secret. But as long as a those who are “woke” to it are in a minority, the newly weaponized “conspiracy theory” insult can help keep awareness from spreading. And the programmed masses are all to eager to cover their ears as a child with “la la la, I’m not listening!” responses to anything that might register to them as “conspiracy theory!”
ARE “CONSPIRACY THEORIES” UNIVERSALLY UNWORTHY OF EXPLORATION?
If the appropriate mistrust of government as recommended by Thomas Jefferson makes one a “conspiracy theorist” then it ought to be worn as a badge of honor.
One might ask what kind of a mush head would think some government on Earth conducts business less any “conspiracies” and cover-ups? Are you that naive?
Should we honestly think folks maintain control over populations by full disclosure and true transparency? Do they really believe those in charge place public interest ahead of their own, and that there are no agendas pushed without first campaigning for public awareness and majority consent?
The anti-“conspiracy theory” crowd have been programmed to believe the smaller percentage of folks that read “too much”, pay closer attention, blow a few whistles and connect a few dots are the real problem. And so they’ve unwittingly become one of the Borg that’s been conditioned to decry any questioning at first listen on the basis that it registers as example of the ominous catch-all of “conspiracy theory!”
The excellent content creator “Corbett Report” flew too close to the Sun with respect to truth and had his entire YouTube summarily removed less notice nor explanation. He now vows to never publish any content to that fraudulent CIA run “platform.” The purged video can still be enjoyed at this link.
They’ve played into the game of keeping that “lively debate” within the permissible range of topics. And invariably, like the child that runs covering their ears, they place a hard barrier between themselves and discovering any truth as would result from the superior practice of following all leads.
Not all “conspiracy theories” are correct, nor are they all “incorrect.” And as long as there are groups of two or more that make plans that work better without full public disclosures, conspiracies happen. And as long as someone dares speculate what might lay beneath public disclosures, there will be “conspiracy theorists.”
Children of all ages will read mystery novels that are complete fiction. Many see it as a way to exercise their minds as they attempt to connect a few dots and solve a plot initially shrouded in secrecy. Why should they not take more interest in following the twists and turns of a scenario that might actually relate to the real world and the power structures that largely manage their lives? Only one of two things will happen. They’ll either find something to be more plausible than they might have expected, or they’ll learn enough to find flaws and possibly even debunk a bad one.
And knowing the details of a theory proven wrong puts them in a better position to help any “crazy” friends allay any ill placed concerns and focus on whatever else in their world is more real or at least plausible. Certainly this is more useful than solving a who-done-it fiction which still a brain-game but one that delivers no discernible new understandings.
One thing that is interesting, is the crowd of liberals that were so ready on the trigger to dismiss any “conspiracy theories” are now wearing their own best foil hats to promote the absurd #RUSSIANHACKING expression of #LIBTARDCONSPIRACYTHEORY which they believe fits well with all the dogma they embrace as part of their #DEMOCRATRELIGION.