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*The [[Newtown|Sandy Hook massacre conspiracy theory]], which claims that the massacre did not occur, and was a "false flag" operation by the federal government.  This theory is quite difficult to accept, since it requires believing that the 26 victims never existed, a notion that their families do not appreciate.  This, in turn, has led to some lawsuits and criminal actions.  [[Alex Jones]] is perhaps this theory's main proponent. There are similar conspiracy theories about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
 
*The [[Newtown|Sandy Hook massacre conspiracy theory]], which claims that the massacre did not occur, and was a "false flag" operation by the federal government.  This theory is quite difficult to accept, since it requires believing that the 26 victims never existed, a notion that their families do not appreciate.  This, in turn, has led to some lawsuits and criminal actions.  [[Alex Jones]] is perhaps this theory's main proponent. There are similar conspiracy theories about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
 
*That [[Queen Elizabeth II]] is/was running a drug cartel in England.  This one dates back to the 1980s, and appears to have originated with [[Lyndon Larouche]].  It is currently embraced by Jacques Cheminade, a Larouche follower and current candidate for the presidency of France.
 
*That [[Queen Elizabeth II]] is/was running a drug cartel in England.  This one dates back to the 1980s, and appears to have originated with [[Lyndon Larouche]].  It is currently embraced by Jacques Cheminade, a Larouche follower and current candidate for the presidency of France.
*If a president of his quality and insight has failed, it must be because his opponents are uniquely evil, coordinated and effective. The problem is not [[Bill Clinton]] or [[Barack Hussein Obama]] but an imaginary "[[conservative]] conspiracy" against them.<ref>[https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/25/AR2010112502553.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions Washington Post; Liberals resort to conspiracy theories to explain Obama's problems]</ref>
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*If a president of his quality and insight has failed, it must be because his opponents are uniquely evil, coordinated and effective. The problem is not [[Bill Clinton]] or [[Barack Hussein Obama]] but an imaginary "[[conservative]] conspiracy" against them.<ref>[https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/11/25/AR2010112502553.html?wpisrc=nl_opinions Washington Post; Liberals resort to conspiracy theories to explain Obama's problems]</ref> And vice versa with Trump, where conservatives think that there is some grand conspiracy involving many people, including but not limited to: the Pope, over half the population of the United States, all current and former politicians going back to at least the year 2000
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who don't currently support Trump, Hollywood, and any news outlet that does not portray the Trump supporters' "Dear Leader" in a completely positive light.
 
*Various theories surrounding [[UFO]]s, alien abduction, and governments "covering up" the existence of extraterrestrials. Usually this is associated with supposed [[alien]] sightings at [[Roswell]], [[New Mexico|NM]]
 
*Various theories surrounding [[UFO]]s, alien abduction, and governments "covering up" the existence of extraterrestrials. Usually this is associated with supposed [[alien]] sightings at [[Roswell]], [[New Mexico|NM]]
 
*The [[George W. Bush]] presidential campaign conspired to rig the election in 2000. See also: [[Bush v. Gore]]
 
*The [[George W. Bush]] presidential campaign conspired to rig the election in 2000. See also: [[Bush v. Gore]]

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A conspiracy theory is a belief, held by a significant segment of society, that is wildly at odds with accepted wisdom, evidence, and logic. For the bulk of society not to accept such a belief requires that society must be engaged in some kind of conspiracy to cover up the truth; hence the term "conspiracy theory". Conspiracy theories often involve a plot by multiple individuals to cause a major event having political consequences, as in the belief by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other liberals that Russia somehow interfered with the presidential election in the United States in 2016, leading to Donald Trump's victory.

It is important to note that conspiracy theories are not always false. Liberals often ridicule conspiracy theories, except when they resort to them to excuse their own failure as when Hillary lost an election that she was heavily favored to win by the mainstream media. Indeed, many of the most extreme theories are pushed hard by liberals.[1] In addition to liberals' false conspiracy theory that collusion with Russia enabled Donald Trump to defeat Hillary Clinton for president, additional notable conspiracy theories are set forth below.

List of conspiracy theories

There are many conspiracy theories in current or recent history, some much more widespread and important than others. In the following list, the more famous ones or focused ones are listed first.

  • Various theories regarding President John F. Kennedy's assassination. There are a number of theories proposed here, generally along the lines that the assassination was not conducted by Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone, but was part of some larger murder conspiracy. This may be the first of the modern conspiracy theories.
  • Denial of the Shroud of Turin implicitly requires a farfetched conspiracy theory, that someone severely injured, bloodied and allowed himself to be scourged so that co-conspirators would then promote a fake shroud despite not making any money from it.
  • Apollo conspiracy theory: The theory that the Apollo 11 lunar landing on July 20, 1969, and indeed the entire Apollo program, was fake. Supporters analyze photographs and often claim that satellite photographs of Area 51 resemble a movie studio.
  • Various 9/11 conspiracy theories. People who embrace these are called Truthers. The theories generally state that the World Trade Center buildings were not brought down by airplane collisions, but (typically) by detonation of explosives planted earlier.[2] Truthers often ascribe the motivation for this to some kind of nefarious scheme by the George W. Bush administration. Among the websites promoting these theories are Infowars and We Are Change.
  • The belief that President Franklin D. Roosevelt knew about the Attack on Pearl Harbor in advance, and allowed it to happen, so America could get into the war; that officers ignored evidence that the attack had started.[3]
  • The influence of secret societies, fraternal organizations, and various religious groups. Freemasons, the Illuminati, the United Nations, the Catholic Church, Judaism, and the Catholic "Society of Jesus" (Jesuits) are popular targets. Often these groups are accused of being behind so-called "shadow governments." FEMA has been accused of being a "shadow government" as well. These conspiracy theories have been around since the 1700s. At present, the phrase "New World Order" is often associated with them.
  • The notion that Jews are conspiring to destroy civilization. This one is particularly serious. It has been going on in Europe for hundreds of years. It led to Anti-Semitism, and, more tragically, the Holocaust of the Nazis in 20th century Germany.[4]
  • Denial that the Holocaust happened, and/or claims of exaggeration. In a number of European countries, Holocaust denial is a criminal offense. Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is among this theory's supporters.
  • The idea that HIV/AIDS was invented by the United States at Fort Detrick, as a part of CIA project MK-NAOMI.[5] The idea that America created AIDS was an invention of the Soviet Union with Operation Infektion.
  • The Chinese accusation that the U.S. Army may have introduced coronavirus in China. [1]
  • "Chemtrails"—this appears to be one of the "New World Order" conspiracy theories. It says that some entity (the U.S. government? the New World Order?) is seeding the atmosphere with chemicals for weather manipulation, mind control, or some other purpose. Evidence of this can be seen in what normal people would consider to be the condensation trails (contrails) of high-flying aircraft.[6] Some variants of this have suggested that what normal people call cell phone towers are in fact put in place for some other sinister purpose.
  • Highway signs—another one of the "New World Order" conspiracy theories. It says that the tiny numbers in the lower corners of direction signs on interstate highways are actually put in place to guide the military vehicles that will be used in some kind of invasion of the United States. The invasion is expected to come from the United Nations, some foreign government, or some other internationalist entity.
  • The Sandy Hook massacre conspiracy theory, which claims that the massacre did not occur, and was a "false flag" operation by the federal government. This theory is quite difficult to accept, since it requires believing that the 26 victims never existed, a notion that their families do not appreciate. This, in turn, has led to some lawsuits and criminal actions. Alex Jones is perhaps this theory's main proponent. There are similar conspiracy theories about the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
  • That Queen Elizabeth II is/was running a drug cartel in England. This one dates back to the 1980s, and appears to have originated with Lyndon Larouche. It is currently embraced by Jacques Cheminade, a Larouche follower and current candidate for the presidency of France.
  • If a president of his quality and insight has failed, it must be because his opponents are uniquely evil, coordinated and effective. The problem is not Bill Clinton or Barack Hussein Obama but an imaginary "conservative conspiracy" against them.[7] And vice versa with Trump, where conservatives think that there is some grand conspiracy involving many people, including but not limited to: the Pope, over half the population of the United States, all current and former politicians going back to at least the year 2000

who don't currently support Trump, Hollywood, and any news outlet that does not portray the Trump supporters' "Dear Leader" in a completely positive light.

Conspiracy theories proven true

Common elements of conspiracy theories

The target blamed for everything may change, but most destructive conspiracy theories believe the same things:

  • The world is divided into 'us' and 'them'. We are "good," and they are "evil."
  • Our opponents are evil and subversive... possibly not even human.
  • "They" are responsible for our troubles – We are blameless and without fault.
  • Time is running out, and we must act immediately to avoid disaster.[16]

Conspiracy theories provide an important element of certainty in a world that seems random and perverse. Believing that a small, evil group controls everything is actually more reassuring to some minds than believing things just happen by random circumstance. Often it can be entertaining, and many documentaries and TV specials have been produced about conspiracy theories.

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External links

References

  1. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2014/08/21/conspiracy-theories-arent-just-for-conservatives/
  2. They claim that Jewish workers had been telephoned in advance and told not to come to work (false), that airplane collisions would have caused the buildings to topple over rather than collapse directly downward (false, ignorant of high-school physics), or that the heat of burning aviation fuel would not raise the temperature sufficiently to melt the girders (false, the temperature to make iron visibly bend is much higher than the temperature to make it lose the strength needed to hold up a building).
  3. From decrypts of Japanese communications, American intelligence expected a major military operation within that time frame, but believed it would take place in southern Asia.
  4. "ZOG Ate My Brains"
  5. Ebola: The Top 5 Conspiracy Theories
  6. http://weatherwars.info/
  7. Washington Post; Liberals resort to conspiracy theories to explain Obama's problems
  8. http://www.davidicke.com/
  9. Google Search Clinton Body Count
  10. FILM REVIEW: Absurd Conspiracy Theories Abound in Agenda-Driven ‘Tillman Story’, BigHollywood.com
  11. MCVEIGH CITED AGAIN AS REASON FOR 'RIGHT-WING' WARNING; Atlas Shrugs, April 16, 2009
  12. Assassin Maintains He Can't Remember Shooting RFK, FoxNews, February 28, 2011
  13. Murdock, Deroy (March 29, 2019). Collusion Clingers and Their Flat-Earth Forebears. National Review. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  14. Tucker: Brennan and Comey disgraced themselves. Fox News Video. March 29, 2019. Retrieved March 30, 2019.
  15. Democrats Move From Conspiracy Theory to Conspiracy Theory, RealClearPolitics, August 27, 2020
  16. "ZOG Ate My Brains", again