My good friend (okay, she’s a blog –bug) Lana Walker has made good on a little wager we had in February. During the cold, dark winter of the primary season our wager consisted of her assertions that the media was “blocking” information on Ron Paul and that once the election was over a huge public backlash would ensue. Who would have guessed that the global economy would be on the brink of collapse due to actions taken by the Carter administration in 1977?
Well, I simply made the assertion that no conspiracy existed. I follow a simple rule, no secret can exist which is known by more than one person. The alternate corollary is that the ONLY way to keep a secret between two people is to make sure one of them is dead. In the interests of fair play, and full disclosure, my predictions are here. What was my killing line?
“There is a real risk the economy will improve”
I think I need to return my MBA. Clearly, I don’t know what I am talking about. But enough about me, let’s talk about conspiracies.
These are the stuff of legend, whether it is the uncaring gods, toying with our lives, or the hidden puppet masters of a clandestine world government, we love to imagine someone has got their hand on the tiller. The internet is a rich feeding ground for all the various fantasies of the population of the planet. You can find conspiracies about almost anything. There are Coca-Cola plots, sinister “chemtrails” saturating our atmosphere, Lemurian myths, Big Pharma (or oil, or the military industrial complex, or the RIAA, or anyone!) working to suppress the “true” nature of whatever it is someone is supporting.
There are NO areas exempt from good on a little wager conspiracy theories. I would submit that most organized religion is an extrapolated form of conspiracy theory. However, that’s beside the point. The reality is that conspiracy theories are just that, guesses and predictions to explain circumstances and situations. They may be driven by a kernel of truth or they may simply be paranoid delusions brought about my mental illness. What has proven itself time after time is that they simply don’t exist.
Some more astute readers will Google various “true” conspiracy theories and present them, smugly, as fact. The CIA’s MKULTRA mind control experimentation is credited by many to be proof that these things exist. The reality is far from compelling. It represented a small program, sanctioned by the government, in which individuals were subjected to LSD and other drugs in the quest for a perfect truth serum or mind control chemical. The project was indeed secret, however, its overall influence was small. Finally, its eventual discovery and exposure eliminates the underpinning framework that conspiracists promote, that these programs are “undiscoverable”.
Whatever your take, I would encourage you to apply Occam’s Razor to the posits of anyone promoting an alternate view to current events of contemporary history. First ask yourself, which is the most likely occurrence? Second, how likely would the alternate possibility be able to remain concealed from view? Finally, what motivates the promoter of these views. A frank and objective answer to each of these questions will guard you against falling for most of the ensnaring hogwash running rampant in our society.
Now excuse me, I need to order one of those free Amish Heaters!