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Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

From: Timur Rozenfeld <rozenfeldt.nul>
Date: Fri, 04 Oct 2013 10:14:05 -0400
Archived: Sat, 05 Oct 2013 19:46:11 -0400
Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing

>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>To: <post.nul>
>Date: Thu, 3 Oct 2013 08:16:46 -0500
>Subject: Re: The Conspiracy Of Conspiracy Theorizing


>Since there doesn't seem much of substance to respond to, allow
>me to mention recent data that underscore my point. Here's a new
>poll showing how widespread conspiratorial thinking has become
>in society, in this case American society. (I would hope for
>greater sanity in other Western democracies, by the way, though
>I know that the conspiratorial imagination is not a solely
>American ill.):



I believe that labeling something a "conspiracy theory" prior to
analysis of its content only serves to obfuscate the truth and
has nothing to do with the validity of the theory itself. It's
simply a pronouncement or a label and not a logical argument. If
after going through the facts, one determines that there is no
validity to the "conspiracy theory", then one can provide it
with an appropriate label.

This article is a perfect example of this. A set of theories are
introduced and then immediately branded "conspiracy theories",
the products of insane and paranoid minds. There is no
discussion or review of the facts, but it appears that this is
not the point. The point is to completely marginalize anyone who
has those points of view and to eliminate discussion and debate,
not encourage it.

If any attitude is dangerous to a free society, it's the one
demonstrated in this article.



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