In our last altPOV.tv podcast, Jon Sumple and I discussed conspiracy theories, and more specifically talked about what makes a conspiracy theory a conspiracy theory as opposed to a belief system. We also noted that the term “conspiracy theorist” has been used in a negative way to stigmatize anyone who questions authority and believes that the telling of the “truth” is the most important aspect of any free society.
And the truth is, both our government and the mainstream media have earned our distrust. The U.S. government has been caught lying before. Watergate. MK Ultra. The Tuskegee Syphilis Study. Operation Northwoods. Iran-Contra. The list goes on … and the lies continue to pile up.
And the media, with the exception of Watergate and more so recently, has been missing in action. Somewhere along the way, the media has become complicit in the deception perpetrated by the government (or at least some very powerful individuals within the U.S. government) towards the American people.
Some debunkers actually say that believing in conspiracy theories is a psychological condition, but isn’t accepting what authority figures say as fact even when they’ve been caught lying many times before a more disturbing psychological condition. To say that someone is complacent or naive in this case is being way too kind. So why don’t people want to know the truth? Are they more comfortable believing their authority figures can do no wrong?
During the show, Jon Sumple and I discuss the Kennedy Assassination, the UFO cover up, 9/11 and other conspiracy theories that are extremely divisive. I pointed out that as far as the Kennedy assassination goes, the only thing you need to consider to raise a SERIOUS red flag is that Jack Ruby, a known mobster with ties to the Dallas, Chicago and New Orleans underworlds, strolled into the basement of the Dallas Police Department and right under the noses of hundreds of police officers shot Lee Harvey Oswald because, as he put it, he didn’t want Mrs. Kennedy to go through the emotional turmoil of an Oswald trial. In my opinion, anyone who accepts this as “not the least bit troubling” simply doesn’t want to believe that others were involved in the Kennedy assassination.
Do conspiracy theorists have vivid imaginations and psychological defects, or are they logical, objective individuals who simply do the research that is required to expose truths, like pieces of a very large and complex puzzle, which puts them one step closer to knowing something that the powers that be don’t want them to know?
Be sure to tune into altPOV.radio broadcast # 19 to hear more.