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1 Shiplord Kirel  Aug 12, 2010 11:51:22am

Some of these, most in fact, also have a following on the left.
It’s occurred to me, in fact, that a common belief in specific conspiracy theories is the bridge that unites crazed extremists from either end of the spectrum, helping to create the much-noted phenomenon of the “red/brown alliance.”

2 First As Tragedy, Then As Farce  Aug 12, 2010 1:16:41pm

… and without a single exception, Alex Jones, either currently or at a previous point when it was more profitable fashionable, has been a prominent figure in the various “movements”.

For the most part, each of those conspiracy theories transcends politics and becomes a matter of metaphysics for those who believe in them.

3 jc717  Aug 12, 2010 2:08:45pm

Sweet. Some of those would make a great addition to ‘Illuminati’, a fantastic/hilarious board/card game.

4 shutdown  Aug 12, 2010 2:24:43pm

I have always thought that subscription to conspiracy theories is a direct result of a feeling of helplessness, and the need to blame others for ones own misfortune. When no 3rd parties are readily and easily available to be blamed, dark invisible forces are the next best thing. I have a neighbour whose husband recently had a severe heart attack, and for whom things in general are not going swimmingly. She has recently started believing that the moon landing was a hoax, amid other relatively harmless conspiracy theories.

5 researchok  Aug 12, 2010 3:48:15pm

As a rule, people who subscribe to conspiracy theories tend to want to participate in conspiracies of their own making.

6 Mad Prophet Ludwig  Aug 12, 2010 5:35:09pm

re: #4 imp_62

I have always thought that subscription to conspiracy theories is a direct result of a feeling of helplessness, and the need to blame others for ones own misfortune. When no 3rd parties are readily and easily available to be blamed, dark invisible forces are the next best thing. I have a neighbour whose husband recently had a severe heart attack, and for whom things in general are not going swimmingly. She has recently started believing that the moon landing was a hoax, amid other relatively harmless conspiracy theories.

Excellent post. Fear is always the core of it. The conspiracy gives one the illusion of control by being “in the know.”

7 Mad Prophet Ludwig  Aug 12, 2010 5:35:24pm

Thanos. I love your posts. You rock!

8 Randall Gross  Aug 12, 2010 9:10:54pm

re: #7 LudwigVanQuixote

Thx!


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