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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

<snip>

>>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).

<snip>

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:

www.perceptions.couk.com/mil-time2.html#else

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


Cheers

Ray D



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