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Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul>
Date: Tue, 1 Oct 2013 18:11:55 +0100
Archived: Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:34:50 -0400
Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: post.nul
>Date: Sun, 29 Sep 2013 09:22:31 -0500
>Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

>>From: Vincent Boudreau <vincentboudreau.nul>
>>To: post.nul
>>Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 15:26:49 -0400
>>Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing


>>Me think accusing some one of "conspiracy theory" is in itself
>>a conspiracy against the pursuit of truth.
>>Let's just address the facts, shall we?

>The problem with an argument like this is that in effect it
>denies the existence of the psychological/social/political
>phenomenon of conspiracy theories, in other words
>paranoia-based, empirically unjustified allegations about public
>misdeeds and their causes, of the sort that been documented all
>through history (or that you can hear from any barstool ranter).


Hi Jerry,

And the trouble with your argument is that, while we've all
heard of paranoid schizos (yet they seem very rare in this neck
of the woods - wonder how many there _really_ are?), in reality
the most paranoid folk around are those with stuff to lose. And
that's mil-sec and politicos.

Here's a quote I wrote some time ago:

"It seems that, if we don't know what a thing is, we humans are
inclined to make up explanations and believe the worst. So
obsessive gov't secrecy has bad effects in the citizenry.

However because politicos, judiciary, financiers, security/cops
and media are notoriously ignorant of reality (the working
world, how to think constructively, and even of real science),
our rulers get more and more paranoid - and therefore even more
obsessively secretive. That's a vicious circle."

The backstory to that observation is at:


and it includes a barstool ranter (although he was a bit quieter
than that).


Ray D

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