'Patriot' Paranoia: A Look at the Top Ten Conspiracy Theories

shutdown8/12/2010 2:24:43 pm PDT

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.