What is a Conspiracy Theory?
Before I get any farther, let me state now that I will never say conspiracies don't exist or happen. They do. People work together to get other people fired or arrested, They may form a conspiracy to throw someone a surprise birthday party.(the only benign form of a conspiracy I could think of off the top of my head.) But one thing to remember about conspiracies is this: humans are involved, and humans suck at keeping secrets. No matter how much you pay people, or what oaths you make a group take, at some point someone is going to tell, due to their conscience, accidentally talking about it while inebriated, or wanting a bit of fame that goes along with being part of whatever the act was. And the more people that are involved, the higher the odds that someone is going to talk. Now I can come down from my soap box and get back to the topic at hand.
First off, a conspiracy is defined by The Free Online Dictionary as:
1. An agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or subversive act.
A theory, also from The Free Online Dictionary is:
The reason I started with the assassination of JFK is that pretty much from the day it happened, people have been coming up with various hypothesis' as to why it happened and who did it, And they continue to be debated to this day. Every time there is a tragic event, some people automatically start coming up with alternative theories. Think back to the Twin Towers in New York, the Sandy Hook school shooting, or even Hurricane Sandy. In each event, some people decided that the official story couldn't be the truth, so they came up with an alternative hypothesis that they felt was closer to the truth, at least as they see it. With JFK, the ideas are that there were multiple shooters, Oswald was just a scapegoat, the CIA did it, the KGB, or even Vice-President Johnson was responsible. With the towers, yes there was a conspiracy, but it is unlikely that G.W. Bush was in on it. The conspiracy was between Al-Qaeda operatives that wanted to cause physical, emotional, and moral damage to the U.S. With Sandy Hook, the idea is that the Obama administration set up a false shooting event to promote gun control legislation. With Hurricane Sandy, some people actually believe that Obama caused it using the H.A.A.R.P. facility. Some other theories that you may have heard of are :
- The moon landing
- The Oklahoma city Bombing
- Pearl Harbor
- The Boston Marathon
- The Holocaust never happening
- Perpetual motion or free energy machines
- Several over the cause or purpose of H.I.V.and A.I.D.S.
- Suppression of the cures for cancer or A.I.D.S.
- Suppression of various advanced technologies
- Weapon testing
- Fluoride in the water
- Suppression of natural, traditional, or alternative medicine
- RFID chips
- pretty much any war or assassinations
- The Templars, Illuminati, or various other shadow groups
- Cloud seeding
- Climate Change
- Subliminal Advertising
- Genetically Organized Organisms
- Princess Diana was killed by the monarchy
- Princess Di, Elvis, and JFK are alive and in hiding
- False flag operations
I hope that you found this article at least somewhat entertaining and informative. I also hope that my American readers have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. If anyone gives you the line about tryptophan putting people to sleep, to keep the peace, just say "yes Uncle Mikey, of course." As a disclaimer, I actually enjoy listening to conspiracy theories and the people that promote them, such as Jesse Ventura and the Conspiracy Uncovered show that used to be on TV here in Oklahoma. Alex Jones, I can do without. That man is such a right wing conservative nutjob, I can only listen to 25 seconds of him talking before I want to facepalm my self, with both hands, balled up into fists, holding boughs of poison oak, while they're on fire. As usual, you can leave any questions, comments or limericks in the comment section. Until next time, remember to be reasonable, be kind and rewind.
The Skeptical Okie