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Friday, July 10, 2009

More on Conspiracy Theories



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While we're on the subjects of conspiracies -- including IRS conspiracies (or, more accurately, conspiracy theories) -- for good academic-level (but accessible) articles about conspiracy theories, Michael Shermer's latest is a good start. Also, try Wikipedia's rather comprehensive view of IRS conspiracy theories.

The problem with conspiracy theorists is that they rarely believe in only one conspiracy. If you believe that, say, the US government is ruled by reptile-like aliens, it is not a big deal to believe the moon landing was faked -- and if "they" can do that, surely you can believe "they" can convince everybody to pay taxes despite the fact that there is no law requiring it.

Ah well.

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At July 15, 2009 at 11:54 AM , Blogger Brandybuck said...

Very true. I have seen innocent people hearing about one particular conspiracy (for example, the NAU), believing it, and then getting sucked in so that a year later they were full blown tax deniers, truthers and birthers arguing to other conspiracists that the reptilian alien stuff should be deemphasized because the sheeple weren't ready for the truth.

 
At October 12, 2009 at 9:04 PM , Blogger buddy said...

The odd thing about most conspiracy theorists is they will argue until their faces are blue they rarely do anything besides argue. If I believed that the government had a hand in 9/11 it would be difficult to continue living under a government that could do such a monstrous thing. I might move to another country or get off the "grid" in some way. The ongoing conspiracies are like warm blankets for them. Could be a way of feeling self important and on the inside of important events. Anyway this activity has little to do with reality and all to do with filling a deep seated psychological need on the part of the "believer." It is somewhat like a case of OCD.

 
At January 11, 2010 at 1:57 PM , Blogger Lord Balto said...

Conspiracy isn't a theory. It's a crime.

"If I believed that the government had a hand in 9/11 it would be difficult to continue living under a government that could do such a monstrous thing. I might move to another country or get off the "grid" in some way."

That's as clear an explanation as I've seen of why so many people cannot deal with the notion of the U.S. Military sponsoring the murder of American civilans. It's much easier to laugh like a hyena than to have to actually think about your alternatives in such a world.

 
At February 23, 2011 at 5:32 AM , Blogger Michael said...

Your all a bunch of cheats trying to make all the money you can make you dirtbags. Trying to block hard working americans from getting farther in life. Many People know that this site is a false front that the Bush family put up to create confusion in the public eye. You will all pay for your greedy and deceiving ways.

 

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