Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Personality of a Conspiracy Theorist

In light of the recent Global Warming debates, Jewish Control of the media and others, I think it is appropriate to republish this ILSA original. I am sure Viking won't mind either.

Every now and then someone pops up on this site claiming that some inner circle of evil men is responsible for a situation most of us assume to be accidental, or random. Usually it is the “Jews” who get the blame, as they always have done, but the sheer volume of this type of material available particularly online requires some kind of explanation.

I believe it is down to personality. According to the book “fooled by randomness” by former market trader Nassim Taleb, human beings are wired to see patterns in unconnected events, and are reluctant to view such events as random. This partly explains our love of Dan Brown, who managed to corner the market on conspiracy with his blockbusting “Da Vinci Code”. Brown captured the essence of conspiracy theory and made it accessible to the reading public, in a way that Umberto Eco was not quite able to do with the far superior “Foucault’s Pendulum”. The latter is about a group of Italian publishers who decide to concoct an elaborate conspiracy theory with surprising results, which I will not divulge for fear of spoiling an excellent read.

What is it about conspiracy theories that is so gripping to the imagination that volumes of material are produced on the subject? That question contains part of the answer, as one of the characteristics of the conspiracy theorist personality is the belief that large volumes of circumstantial evidence, or even suggestion, adds up to evidence.

I have had the pleasure of studying archaeology, and took delight in reading what bookshops categorise as “Alternative History”, purely as an exercise in critical thinking. As a result of this endeavour, I have gathered some interesting (in my opinion) observations on the type of personality that is required to see conspiracies at every turn.

1. Lack of critical ability.
This is the tendency to make logical leaps that don’t necessarily follow on from each other.

2. Seeing non-existent linguistic connections.
This is particularly common amongst pseudo-archaeologists. It was also popular amongst British Israelists in the nineteenth century, who saw Hebrew cognates to English words, and translated, for example, the word “Saxon” as a derivative of “Isaac’s son”. This is very commonplace, and has as a distinguishing characteristic the blatant disregard for the science of linguistics.

3. Contempt for professionals of any kind.
Mainline professionals, be they archaeologists, historians, or even economists and doctors, are seen as colluding with “the enemy”, and are therefore not to be trusted. The criterion for disqualification on these grounds is the presence of the professional concerned within the mainstream. This logically suspect hypothesis leads to the conclusion that only those who operate on the fringes of their area of ‘expertise’ are actually to be trusted. As a consequence, alternative history writers all tend to reference each other, and ignore mainstream authors.

4. Moral and intellectual superiority.
Access to “hidden truths” has long been the aspiration of the self-important. Dating right back to the Greek “mystery cults” and beyond, those who know “the truth” have considered themselves on a higher plane of existence to us mere mortals, and therefore their contempt for all alternative opinions is evident. One who is not of the inner circle exists therefore to be educated and not to be debated with as an equal.

5. Disregard for Occam’s Razor.
This refers to the aversion to simple explanations, and the tendency to seek out the most implausible. Because of the conspiracy theorist’s belief in secrecy, the information that is actually available to the public must by definition be unreliable (because of the conspiracy!), and so it is for the select few ‘in the know’ to hold fast to the real truth.

6. Insistence on causality, or linear development.
In archaeology this is known as “diffusionism”, and is an outdated school of thought (except amongst conspiracy theorists) whereby, for example, if there are pyramids in Egypt and there are pyramids in Central America, then they must have been built by the same people. So therefore, Egyptians (or Atlanteans) must have built boats and sailed to America and taught the people how to build them. Simultaneous development, in contrast, is now an accepted school of thought. Except amongst conspiracy theorists.

These points merely illustrate that it is not facts or information that define the conspiracy. The conspirators can be the CIA, Al Qaeda, aliens, shape-shifting lizards or just the plain old “devil”, but that is not the point. Sure, whenever two or more people get together and make a plan, that is a conspiracy. And, they may do so in secret. But the conspiracy theorist not only knows about this conspiracy, he or she knows the content of the conspiracy – but gives no evidence as to how he or she knows this. It is completely immune to normal frames of reference, and as such defies proof.

This article is not intended to be a lecture, or to be boring, but to illustrate that certain beliefs and arguments derive from how people think, or have a predisposition to think, and not from the examination of facts and information.

47 Opinion(s):

Anonymous said...

So what? Other people think in the same way to "Conspiracy" thinkers - points 1-6.

Vanilla Ice said...

@Viking. A great article. You elucidated some of the points I raised in my comments, which I think were lost in the noise. Thanks. I was mulling over writing a similar article.

Doberman said...

Well said Viking.

The Freedom Crier said...

One TINY little problem with what you just stated in that article, and I am just DYING for someone on here to debunk me. If you can, then go for it.

There are a group of the 140 most powerful people on earth, called the Bilderberg Group. You can find them discussed at length in the mainstream media from several other countries. But if you do a search on NBC, ABC, CBS or FOX you will not find ONE WORD about them. You know why...? Because the organizations that own them have members in the Bilderberg Group. If you are able to debunk this, please go ahead. I would LOVE for you to try. END OF STORY.

Kurt said...

Hey Freedom Crier,
Bilderberger Group is just a group of businessmen, and important economic decisions cannot be discussed in public forums, it's just that simple.

Viking said...

Right, Kurt.
The Bilderberg Group has an often-changing membership, from what I can gather, and there is very little sinister about it.
A conspiracy theorist will however assume that there is sinister intent, without any evidence whatsoever. That was my point when writing this article. I am not trying to "debunk" anyone, Freedom Crier.

Kurt said...

Exactly

Anonymous said...

OK, now get hold of a copy of Norman Finkelstein's, "Beyond chutzpah : on the misuse of anti-semitism and the abuse of history." It's a sequel to his book, "The holocaust industry". Then you may just get a different perspective, but from a Jew.

VI said...

@Anon 15:56. And you have just fallen prey to the exact thing Viking was talking about; patterns where there aren't any. Because the books are written by a Jew, you somehow think they are more relevant, when in fact, his ethnicity is coincidental.

Anonymous said...

@VI: Read Finkelstein's books and judge for yourself whether he is biased or not, don't just presume that my opinion is a biased reaction to your statement.

I thought this blog was about the problem of bad governance in SA, not about defending Jews. I'm personally not aware of anti-semitism in South Africa and I don't see the need to address anti-semitism on this blog. If you want to tackle anti-semitism, then do that on another blog, not on one where you address South African governance issues.

VI said...

@Anon. Don't presume to have a better grasp of what we are about, and then proceed to lecture us what we should or shouldn't be commenting on. This is our blog, and we can discuss whatever the hell we like. Our mandate is open ended, and if you want to interpret our approach as defending the Jews, so be it. Anti-semitism is a core component of any of the ills faced by South Africa, or the world today. To suggest that it does not exist in South Africa, suggests that you are naive.

Anonymous said...

The first couple of posts sounds just like a bunch of global warming scientists peer reviewing each other's work.

hahahahaha

Watch this interview with an architect on the Fox news channel and tell me that the questions around 9/11 isn't valid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
oO2yT0uBQbM

Sometimes there is truth in a conspiracy and by the way the word "conspiracy" is just another loaded buzz word, used to silence any opposing or dissenting view.

Similar words that discourage debate are words like racist, fascist etc.
These words are pre-loaded and their sole purpose is to silence debate.

Why not launch investigations into CREDIBLE conspiracies and put it to bed once and for all.

The truth does not fear investigation.

Take the holocaust for example. Why is investigating it discouraged, to such an extend that the mere mention that you doubt all the facts relating to the holocaust, can land you in jail in many countries.

People have been jailed for merely saying that they belief the holocaust took place, but that they don't belief the total number of 6 million people dead. Quite ironic if you consider that the number of people dead at Auswitch, had been reduced by the Jews themselves by more than a million over the past 40 years.

The truth does not fear investigation.
A lie on the other hand does.

Why not take all these conspiracies and on an open forum do a public investigation in which individuals may present proof and their questions may be addressed and debunked?????

Why fear the truth?????

hahahahaha

The word conspiracy exists for a reason and word conspiracy has a meaning.

Conspiracies exists because there are always people conspiring to rip other people off.

To try and tell people that conspiracies do not exist, because mankind just don't do bad things to each other, is beyond stupid. Not only stupid, but extremely liberal.

A4

FishEagle said...

Anon 16.44. We've encountered a hell of a lot of anti-semitism on this blog. When people stop attacking the Jews we'll stop defending them.

FishEagle said...

@VI, well said.

Anonymous said...

"""A conspiracy theorist will however assume that there is sinister intent, without any evidence whatsoever."""

Excuse me but this statement is absolute bullshit.

Here watch this video again...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO2yT0uBQbM
then claim there is no evidence to warrant an investigation.

No Sir, what you have is a full fledged conspiracy, because the conspirators are the people in charge and they cannot permit an investigation, because they fear the truth.

Your problem is that you also fear the truth.
MAGNA EST VERITAS, ET PREVALEBIT - "Truth is mighty, and it shall prevail."
...........

This is becoming more clear, which in itself warrants a possible conspiracy. hahahahahaha
Just kidding.

Anonymous said...

Here is the address to the Fox news interview with again.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oO2yT0uBQbM

If the above link doesn't work, sopy and past both lines to your address bar.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=
oO2yT0uBQbM

VI said...

@A4, Usually I enjoy your well reasoned comments, but this time your argument disappoints.

Not all conspiracy theories are hoaxes, but for the most part, they are. As for 9/11, unfortunately our resident engineer is no longer with us, but that has been thoroughly debunked; as has the JFK conspiracy theory.

Human beings, quite simply, will always see patterns where they don't exist, and have a compulsion to define phenomena in the most complex way. These lead to conspiracy theories. Your questionable logic that conspiracy, by its very definition, implies that people are conspiring, suggests that you have got it all back to front.

Sorry, disagree with you on this one.

VI said...

@Anon 18:05. Yes, they sit in smoke filled rooms plotting and planning. And I am convinced that you own charting software too, to predict when to buy and sell your stocks.

Anonymous said...

The reason that you guys are anti-conspiracy theorists, is that if you accept that one conspiracy is true, then a president is set and any logical conclusions derived from this realization, could lead you into an alley of no return. This is why people like you have no interest even to investigate a conspiracy even when there is a lot of available proof that tells an alternative story to the official version of events.

For a blog like this it is quite ironic to find at how much you underscore the official version of certain events. Almost (how did Mel Gibson put it?) as if you have a dog in on this one.

Let's hypothesis and say that 9/11 was indeed a false flag event.

Now that would demand that certain questions be asked.

Questions like:
1)who?
2)why?

And it is the answers to these questions that you fear more than anything itself, because it is these answers that will cause the reality of the world as you have created it through your personal observation, to crumble to dust.

The answer to a political conspiracy like this would have a domino effect on the possibility of other political conspiracies being true.

Thus you are stuck up a creek and you have to maintain that all conspiracies are crap, even though any human being can tell you that to conspire is part of human nature.

Anonymous said...

@VI

Watch the Fox news video about 9/11 and debunk it if you can.

Start by explaining the collapse of WTC7. This building fell and was not damaged by falling debris, nor was it hit by a plane.

Also explain the military thermite that was found in the dust of the WTC buildings.

Just watch the video and you will see that the VAST MAJORITY of Americans are demanding a new investigation.

As many professional people want this case re-opened, it means that the 9/11 event is not a conspiracy and the word conspiracy is being used by the MSM as a mere "buzz word" in an effort to ridicule and silence the voices.

Anonymous said...

Then why do you have to censor some comments. Your underpants are sticking out.

Anonymous said...

"Human beings, quite simply, will always see patterns where they don't exist, and have a compulsion to define phenomena in the most complex way."

It almost sounds like you are trying to imply that conspiracies do not exist, when all people conspire all the time.

Anonymous said...

You defend your standpoint by claiming that conspiracies are some sort of outlandish event that does not happen in the real world.

Here is a basic definition of a conspiracy:
"A secret agreement between two or more people to perform an unlawful act."

As you can see people conspire ALL THE TIME.
.............

To claim that governments do not conspire is extremely naive.

I see you have started to censor me. hahahahaha

Well then this message is just between you and me.

When you attempt to silence a man through censorship, you pay him homage, because you realise that his arguments cannot be debunked, but at the same time they cannot be ignored.

Anonymous said...

Let me give you some recent examples of conspiracies.

The American invasion of Iraq.
That was a conspiracy.
Oe of the reasons for the Iraq invasion was the belief that Iraq had WMD. It has become widely accepted today that America knew that Iraq did not have any WMD. This then clearly shows how the US government conspired to invade Iraq.

Why do we accept so readily that the invasion of Iraq was a conspiracy, but we refuse to even acknowledge that the American invasion of Afganistan could be another conspiracy?

Why then pray tell me, why would an accusation that 9/11 was a conspiracy that led to the invasion of the middle East surprise you, considering that we know that other factors that led to the Middle East invasion such as the WMD's were based on conspiracies.

Either you are naive or you have a dog in on this one which I find quite humorous, because that would imply yet another conspiracy.

As it is I have had enough of conspiracies.

And by the way I have nothing against the Jews, as I belief the conspirators to be Marxists and they do not conform to any ethnic group or race.

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's true you know, Jews suffer everywhere.

Suffer, suffer, suffer.

Give my regards to David Sorobin.

Jim Beam said...

Is there going to be a one world government - I have no doubt. How is it brought about, I have no idea but it would have to take one huge event to bring people to such a point.

In order to make something appear real and believable you need to 'breadcrumb' people. You dont need ALL the facts correct you just need some and to give enough so that people can draw their own conclusion. When people conclude the 'truth' off from the 'breadcrumbs'- they are sold onto it as they have discovered the 'truth'. Now it is more believable than if someone explained it to them. It is also more difficult to break someones views when they have been 'breadcrumbed' so its effective against any counter stratergy.

'Breadcrumbing' is a counter intellgence strategy and the mere fact that is going on should tell you there is something hidden. Sure, 90% of what is out there is crap but you need to read between the lines to understand what it is that is being sold and figure out why.

Is the Boeremag real? Of course not it's bullshit. Is the AWB real? Of course not its bullshit too. Its all counter intellegence. Now try and figure out why.

Viking said...

Thanks for re-posting this -

I think some of the commenters have again missed the point. No judgement is hereby cast on those who believe nefarious intent is present in any affair ranging from 9/11 to the JFK assassination; I would be the first one to praise all kinds of questioning into 'accepted' truth.

The post is called "the PERSONALITY of a conspiracy theorist" for a reason - completely aside from any evidence, or lack of, lies the person who is naturally inclined to seek out the most convoluted and unlikely explanation for anything, alongside the tendency to take a contrary view on ANYthing. These are personality traits that have nothing to do with evidence, questioning or reasoning, and often are intended to back up the individual's preconceived worldview.

Viking said...

To add a final bit -

There MAY indeed be a conspiracy. But that is entirely independent of the conspiracy theorist's belief in that conspiracy.

Anonymous said...

@VI: Why bother with charting software when a metal detector in a park or on a beach yields far quicker and better results?

Jim Beam said...

MODS:


Delete this comment but let my first through would you - just remove the last paragraph as I am certain you dont want to spark a war. By removing the last paragraph at least nobody is pointing fingers at an organisation even though it has all the markings of a cointelpro operation.

Cheers mates!

UB said...

At the time of writing i had not read the comments, in fact i don't give a shit what they say, here's what i think:

1. lack of critical ability
The puzzle is not complete, it never is. To pretend to have all the answers is... naieve

2. Seeing non-existent linguistic connections
Forgive my ignorance, but huh? I don't understand the point being made? Perhaps my lack of understanding highlights my ignorance regarding the meaning of english words, but point not made due to the contempt shown for the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid)

3. Contempt for professionals of any kind
Fair enough. The reason for such contempt stems from the fact that the system promotes an air of 'those-who-play-along-get-along'. The credibility of those in the system should naturally be questioned, scrutinised.. truth is the ultimate defense.

4. Moral and intellectual superiority
Anyone who claims to have a position assumes that others have to be educated. What can be said about those on the fringes can be said about those in the mainstream, the only difference being numbers which in itself is not a defense. If an infinite supply of retards agree on something, one genius should not disregard the truth.

5. Disregard for Occam's Razor
Fair enough. Given that the puzzle is not complete, one has to give in to patterns. While it may not be the absolute answer to that particular question, patterns arise. A consistent pattern needs to be understood, why the tendency? Questions arise, answers are needed. Why are the answers proposed so often in contradiction of this law, so often in contradiction of common sense? Its not a willingness to disregard occam's razor, it's a healthy distrust of the 'official'/'agenda-driven' answer often proposed.

6. Insistence on causality, or linear development
Okay... this is written by someone learning how to think for the first time since leaving school. It introduces 'academic' terms in an attempt to sound knowledgeable on the subject. It throws around sounds as though the words itself should win the arguement. This piece of shit is amateur-hour, student 101.

7. Attempting to claim the higher ground... While your boring lecture could be construed as academia, it illustrates nothing of what you intended. Instead, your simpleton views betray a lack of understanding on the particular subjects which you pretend to preach. In conclusion, I like this blog but this author needs to go back to 'school'

UB

Anonymous said...

At the time of writing i had not read the comments, in fact i don't give a shit what they say, here's what i think:

1. lack of critical ability
The puzzle is not complete, it never is. To pretend to have all the answers is... naieve

2. Seeing non-existent linguistic connections
Forgive my ignorance, but huh? I don't understand the point being made? Perhaps my lack of understanding highlights my ignorance regarding the meaning of english words, but point not made due to the contempt shown for the KISS principle (Keep It Simple Stupid)

3. Contempt for professionals of any kind
Fair enough. The reason for such contempt stems from the fact that the system promotes an air of 'those-who-play-along-get-along'. The credibility of those in the system should naturally be questioned, scrutinised.. truth is the ultimate defense.

4. Moral and intellectual superiority
Anyone who claims to have a position assumes that others have to be educated. What can be said about those on the fringes can be said about those in the mainstream, the only difference being numbers which in itself is not a defense. If an infinite supply of retards agree on something, one genius should not disregard the truth.

5. Disregard for Occam's Razor
Fair enough. Given that the puzzle is not complete, one has to give in to patterns. While it may not be the absolute answer to that particular question, patterns arise. A consistent pattern needs to be understood, why the tendency? Questions arise, answers are needed. Why are the answers proposed so often in contradiction of this law, so often in contradiction of common sense? Its not a willingness to disregard occam's razor, it's a healthy distrust of the 'official'/'agenda-driven' answer often proposed.

6. Insistence on causality, or linear development
Okay... this is written by someone learning how to think for the first time since leaving school. It introduces 'academic' terms in an attempt to sound knowledgeable on the subject. It throws around sounds as though the words itself should win the arguement. This piece of shit is amateur-hour, student 101.

7. Attempting to claim the higher ground... While your boring lecture could be construed as academia, it illustrates nothing of what you intended. Instead, your simpleton views betray a lack of understanding on the particular subjects which you pretend to preach. In conclusion, I like this blog but this author needs to go back to 'school'

UB

VI said...

For those claiming that we censor, provide proof, because it is a conspiracy. We only delete if the comments do not add to the debate and become personal. We try to attack the argument and not the person.

It is no doubt that people do conspire and strategise, but the reality is that random events determine outcomes more often than we realise. Why? Quite simply because nobody has the power to control the myriad variabless that will impact a conspiracy. This is why even the most obvious events in hindsight, were never foreseen.

Most conspiracy theories are illusions, but this is not to say that people don't conspire. The futility of life dictates that we look for more meaningful explanantions, when none exist. Hey, every economist engages in this type of behaviour, and most PhD theses are exercises in futility.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha ha ha.
Man, you guys pounding the jewish drums are such a pathetic bunch of denialists.
Pssssst...we are on to you. LOL.

Max said...

One thing I've learnt is that when morons, or those trying to avoid a topic, always turn to talking about the weather, a good cloud screen I mean smoke screen to keep the heat off the real issues.
Similarly those that harp on about 6 million or so Jews who have not recruited one suicide bomber yet as compared to 1 billion Muslims of which about 10 to 15 % are radical fundamentalists that is 100,000 million or more, who are trying to kill every white oke that walks on the planet, makes me wonder what or whose hole they have got their head stuck in.

Exzanian said...

Critical thinking is totally absent in the mind of a conspiracy theorist...The tools to think have been around for centuries, problem is many people are still stuck in outmoded ways of thinking.
Take Occams razor as an example; this is a damn good rule of thumb and will never let you down: ALWAYS suspend judgment of the most incredible, fanciful explanation and accept the most parsimonious first. People need a baloney detection kit, and they should be taught first HOW to think, before they learn what to think...

VI said...

@Max. Right on the mark. Yet contrast your comments with Anon 4:58, suggesting that we are denialists. Talk about confused.

Anonymous said...

Political Conspiracies exist.
Here is an example where the British government conspired with the media.

http://www.thegreenarrow.co.uk/index.php/writers/rugfish/1154-govt-media-censor-qguideq-to-break-britain-the-bnp-and-nick-griffin#E0plB0lzGVug

to deny that political conspiracies are extremely naive, unless of course the objective is to deceive.

VI said...

@Anon 15:47. Read the article carefully. The article discussed conspiracy theorists, not whether conspiracies were real or not.

fuechs said...

@Viking, doctor Vanilla Ice

I am not going to argue with your views because you are entidled to believe in whatever you prefer... BUT please hold on for a moment (being owners of a SA blog) and think about this SA "conspiracy theory"...

Boers As International Fall Guys For International Capitalists

by Deirdre Fields

http://www.davidduke.com/general/deirdre-fields-reports-on-the-heroic-boer-struggle-for-survival-and-self-determination_3375.html

Anonymous said...

"@Anon 15:47. Read the article carefully. The article discussed conspiracy theorists, not whether conspiracies were real or not."

I agree that the article discusses the conspiracy theorists, but the article is not complete, because it omits the argument on whether conspiracies are real or not, because whether it is real or not will have major impact on the personality type of conspiracy theorists.

Conspiracy not true = paranoid gook.

Conspiracy true = investigative individual.

By the way if I was a conspirator in involved a MAJOR conspiracy like the US Iraq war to find the fictional weapons of mass destruction conspiracy, I would invent a lot of false conspiracies to be able to classify all conspirators as crazies. Hell if I had the resources I might even create a whole department to do just that. It all depends on just how significant the conspiracy is.

There are for instance have professional scientists that belief in one or two conspiracies only. People that do not belief in the other crap that was created merely to distract and to be able to ridicule any investigative personality types.

Creating false conspiracies, so that you are able to classify all conspiracy theorists as crazies, is called pre loading the buzz word, in this case the buzz word is: "conspirator"
Other buzz words are words like fascist, racist etc.

Buzz words are designed to ridicule, or embarrass, or frighten any opposition into silence.

It is basic 101 of the strategy called divide and conquer.

A4

fuechs said...

Almost forgot...
Isn´t your buddy Ron. another Boer "conspiracy theorist"?
I am keen on his views about this topic.

Max said...

Radical Islamists insight SA blacks to kill all whites.
http://censorbugbear-reports.blogspot.com/2010/02/black-racists-on-facebook-threaten-to.html

This is reality people, forget for now, the crap that has been fed to you about illuminate and the horde of other smoke screens out there.

Max said...

Yes governments do partake in activities that, to say the least are illegal, and hide as best they can the crimes they have committed, "Water Gate" was good example.
However to indulge oneself in every conspiracy that comes around is naive, like children believing fairy tails just because it sounds exciting. So are conspiracy theorists that believe every story because it fits in with their "wanting it to be true" false sense of realism.
It's fundamentally a religion, because to believing in something that has no substance takes faith and faith in the unknown is a religion.

What I can tell you is, Islam is real and they want YOU the white infidel DEAD.

Lets see how these red neck Nazis change their tune when Mohammed is cutting their heads off, and their so called Jewish enemies are trying to save their lives.

Viking said...

yawn.
what?

Viking said...

@A4

sorry mate didnt see your comment til now.

nobody is calling anybody "crazies" and I agree with you 100% about labels being used to demonise - the current one being "denialist".
The article was written from an "alternative history" point of view, for anyone who is familiar with such things, and the villains I had/have in mind are those who claim Egyptians were black etc., and those who claim the lost tribes of Israel settled in Ireland and buried the ark there.

Anonymous said...

What hypocrisy that anyone here would ridicule conspiracy theories when the blog is based on the conspiracy theory surrounding the handover of power. It should be pointed out that the term "conspiracy theory" was purposely promoted by the establishment in order to marginalize those who report the truth / facts. Another thing to remember is that a lot of what is arbitrarily dismissed as a conspiracy theory are just facts which are censored by the mainstream. All of us who post comments on this site are labeled "conspiracy theorists" because we counter the official version of events as reported (or rather unreported) in the mass media. What debunks your assertion are the government's OWN documents which ADMIT conspiracy such as the now notable declassified Operation Northwoods document [ read the report here ] in which the American government planned to stage a false flag event in order to justify a war against Cuba. I for one am far less concerned about the alleged "personality" complexes of are supposed "conspiracy theorists" than with the blatant oppressive measures taken by various governments.