Confessions of a Conspiracy Theorist 

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.” —Sun Tzu (6th century B.C.?)

The present article constitutes one chapter of the forthcoming book, A Revolutionary's Toolkit.   One basic contention of this book is that conspiracies play a key role in history.  This contention, I shall argue, is not a conjecture, nor a premise, nor a possibility.  It is, rather, a fact, of the same general type as the assertion: “As of 2012, no woman has ever been a president of the USA.” 

Suppose you indirectly owned Goldman Sachs or J. P. Morgan, that you conspired daily with others of your ilk to enrich and empower yourself at the expense of many unsuspecting souls, and that you were sick and tired of having to fend off your victims. Actual events taught you long ago that it could be irksome, risky, and counterproductive to deny your scams and wrongdoings one at a time: 

Your defense against such untoward occurrences has been truly ingenious. Instead of dismissing a constant stream of rational analyses and empirical data of your machinations, you schemed to use your government, media, academia, entertainment industry, and virtual textbook monopoly to convince us that conspiracies fall into the same category as a green-cheesed moon—they do not exist. Hence, it is not merely factually incorrect but also illogical to accuse you of clandestinely plotting in early late 2012 to keep the Dow Jones Industrial Average above 10,000 and the price of an ounce of silver below $30. One result: well-researched, often incontestable charges of enormous crimes can be summarily dismissed by invoking the all-inclusive “it’s just another crazy conspiracy theory.” A second result: confusion, helplessness, and divisiveness among your enemies.

<An artistic rendition of the conspiratorial assassination of Julius Caesar.  This is just one example of thousands of documented historical events which, according to conspiracy scoffers, could not possibly happen> 

With a bit of reflection, open-minded people should be able to escape this mind trap. Such people merely need to read just one honest historical treatise, chosen at random, to convince themselves that conspiracies are the very stuff of history. Alternatively, they can verify any of these examples: 

Let me conclude this short list with a quote from Adam Smith, one of the bankers’ favorite scholars: “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.”

The success of the Rockefellers and the Rothschilds in convincing us to jeer at Adam Smith’s commonsense observation does not speak well for our rationality or for our ability to think for ourselves. Nor does this success speak well for progressive scholars and websites that uncritically accept the plutocrats’ absurd wholesale rejection of conspiracies. That such a pronounced feature of humanity’s historical record must be defended at all is yet another striking testimony to the power of our real rulers over our minds and to our own breathtaking indoctrinability. 

One does not know whether to laugh or weep when one is mocked for being a “conspiracy theorist,” even in cases where there is overwhelming evidence of a secret, sinister, plotting by a powerful cabal. Conspiracy is a constant, recurrent, feature of human behavior, as common in history as bankers are on Wall Street. Sometimes we conspire for the general good and sometimes against it, but conspire we do. Look at your own private life: Haven’t you conspired on occasion? So, without further ado, I shall take the reality of conspiracies for granted. There are no shortcuts to the truth: Only a laborious rational analysis of facts and circumstances can cast light on the probability of any given conspiratorial claim.

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