Pages

Jump to bottom

6 comments

1 Michael McBacon  Jul 20, 2014 4:07:26pm

For all the actual conspiracies that occur there are many more theories anyone can come up with by stringing together random facts to create a narrative that suits their personal agenda.

2 EiMitch  Jul 20, 2014 6:23:48pm

IMO, the worst effect common to all* conspiracy theories is how the believers become smug, arrogant a-holes. “Look at all those idiots believing what they’ve been told. Not me. I know better than that. I know better than those people.” That kind of thinking poisons the believer, even on subjects not related to their CT. When someone believes pretty much everyone is stupid, they can justify themselves and “their side” doing pretty much anything for the “truth” or the “greater good.”

Oh, and logic and objectivity getting tossed under the bus also leads to things getting ugly. But its the unintentionally ironic elitism that gets me the most.

* - I use the qualifier “all” because some CTs lead to people dying for no good reason. Thats obviously worse.

3 b_sharp  Jul 20, 2014 7:14:49pm

Well done.

4 Sherlock Hound  Jul 20, 2014 7:25:24pm

I have a dear friend who is sadly in the clutches of the Birchers.

I wish I could ask him, let’s say he’s right and the UN is really pushing Agenda 21 on us all.

“Are you happy?”
Is any conspiracy theorist relieved to be right? Would they be happy? Are they happy? If this hound were to find a real conspiracy, he would feel a great sense of private pride and affirmation, just like his namesake.

But, that’s not what I see from my Bircher friend and others: Instead, there is bitterness, cynicism, anger, and self-righeousness, but most of all rage, unending rage.

If they’re right, I must wonder why that is?

5 Steve Dutch  Jul 26, 2014 4:42:47pm

re: #2 EiMitch

Something I omitted in the interest of brevity is the way conspiracy theories poison the climate of debate. If you don’t buy the theory, you’re either part of the conspiracy or a dupe.

The arrogance factor relates to the anti-authoritarianism common to most conspiracy theories. It looks like a lot of these folks are lashing out at every parent who made them eat their spinach, every teacher who ever gave them a bad grade, and every cop who ever gave them a ticket. Hey, I don’t like those things, either, but dealing with it is part of being a grown-up.

6 Steve Dutch  Jul 26, 2014 4:50:00pm

Thanks all for the positive comments. I am a tad disappointed that not a single conspiracy believer weighed in.

I asked what conspiracy believers see to convince them the world is full of malevolence. Here’s what I see. I get my mail. I drive on good roads. Evil corporations supply me with food, electricity, air travel, medicines and automobiles. The evil government furnishes me with clean water, police and fire protection, and petabytes of free data if I want it. Yeah, roads have potholes, economy class is the pits, crooks commit crimes and fires still break out. People are imperfect and nobody can stop bad things from happening completely. But the principal conspiracies I see are conspiracies to deliver what people need.


This page has been archived.
Comments are closed.

Jump to top

Create a PageThis is the LGF Pages posting bookmarklet. To use it, drag this button to your browser's bookmark bar, and title it 'LGF Pages' (or whatever you like). Then browse to a site you want to post, select some text on the page to use for a quote, click the bookmarklet, and the Pages posting window will appear with the title, text, and any embedded video or audio files already filled in, ready to go.
Or... you can just click this button to open the Pages posting window right away.
Last updated: 2016-01-01 10:29 am PST
LGF User's Guide RSS Feeds Tweet

Help support Little Green Footballs!

Subscribe now for ad-free access!Register and sign in to a free LGF account before subscribing, and your ad-free access will be automatically enabled.

Donate with
PayPal
Square Cash Shop at amazon
as an LGF Associate!
Recent PagesClick to refresh
Charlie Puth - Girlfriend [Official Audio] "Girlfriend" Out Now - charlieputh.lnk.to Text me:[no phone numbers allowed] Subscribe for more official content from Charlie Puth: charlieputh.lnk.to Follow Charliecharlieputh.com facebook.com@charlieputh instagram.comtiktok.comSoundCloud Lyrics: Yeah, tired of this conversationWe didn’t come all this wayTo touch a little, kiss a ...
Thanos
19 hours, 39 minutes ago
Views: 168 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Paul Weller - Village - Radio 2 BreakfastPaul Weller performs Village live from his Black Barn studio for the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast show
Thanos
21 hours, 42 minutes ago
Views: 193 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 3 • Share to Facebook
Crowded House - Fall at Your Feet (Live From Home, 2020) In the spirit of musical comradeship through isolation, us fellas in Crowded House have created a live version of Fall At Your Feet, captured here in the making at our respective home set ups. Some of the sentiment in ...
Thanos
21 hours, 52 minutes ago
Views: 194 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
#Thegreatpoolpondconversion - 200628after the rototilling we tossed several bags of wild flower seeds. thousands and thousands. we'll see what happens with them. we also bought four trees for our anniversary.all natives, good for birds and butterflies. there's a slash pine, a beautyberry ...
Welcome to The Imbleachment (dangerman)
1 day, 23 hours ago
Views: 253 • Comments: 2 • Rating: 4
Tweets: 0 • Share to Facebook
Russian Bounties — Trump Threatens the American Experiment - PRESS RUN Not once has Trump angrily banged a lectern and promised to get to the bottom of the stunning and heartbreaking story that Russian intelligence was paying lucrative bounties for the lives of American troops murdered in Afghanistan. Not once ...
Thanos
2 days, 4 hours ago
Views: 310 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Jeff Lynne’s ELO - Telephone Line (Live at Wembley Stadium)Music video by Jeff Lynne's ELO performing Telephone Line (Live at Wembley Stadium). (C) 2017 Big Trilby Records, under exclusive license to Columbia Records, a Division of Sony Music Entertainment vevo.ly
Thanos
3 days, 18 hours ago
Views: 427 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
The Alan Parsons Symphonic Project ‘Time’ (Live in Colombia) THE ALAN PARSONS SYMPHONIC PROJECT “LIVE IN COLOMBIA” - AVAILABLE AS DVD, BLU-RAY, 2-CD DIGIPAK, 3 VINYL GATEFOLD AND DIGITAL On the evening of August 31st, 2013, a large crowd gathered at Parque Pies Descalzos in Medellín, Colombia. When ...
Thanos
3 days, 18 hours ago
Views: 434 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
Portugal. The Man - People Say (Official Music Video)CREWDirector/DP Michael RagenProducer, Joy SaezCo Producer, Tristan SeniukProduction Design, Jack StrainHair/Make-up, Jennifer PopochockWardrobe Design, Rebecca Luke1st AC, Jerry Turner CASTLead Guard, Matt HastingsGuard, Orlando SubiaGuard, Steve GodfreyGuard, Simos KalivasGuard, Wesley Hubbard
Thanos
4 days, 14 hours ago
Views: 529 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 4 • Share to Facebook
Mixed up Everything covers COLLECTIVE SOUL - Shine — YoutubeBuy our T-Shirt here:mixedupeverything.com Subscribe for more videos: bit.ly Follow Mixed Up Everything: Website & Store: mixedupeverything.comInstagram: instagram.comFacebook: facebook.comTwitter: @mixdupevrythingSpotify: open.spotify.com Please support us:Apple Music - apple.coGoogle Play - bit.lyPaypal - paypal.me
Thanos
4 days, 14 hours ago
Views: 561 • Comments: 0 • Rating: 0
Tweets: 1 • Share to Facebook
The Latest and the Past Wingnut Predicted New Ice Ages That Never Happened In which Peter Hadfield, aka Potholer54 tracks the November 2018 claims back to sources, and shows how wrong they are in their interpretation of the data regarding the new Solar Grand Minimum. He also does a great job of ...
Thanos
4 days, 18 hours ago
Views: 572 • Comments: 1 • Rating: 1
Tweets: 2 • Share to Facebook