James Leroy Wilson's blog

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Why conspiracies are possible

Check out my latest at the Partial Observer. Excerpt:

Skeptics believe that foreign governments, terrorists, organized criminals, Catholic bishops, and greedy corporate officers are all capable of pulling off the most elaborate conspiracies. Indeed, anyone may be a conspirator -- except members of secret societies who take secret oaths, and government officials in possession of "classified" national security secrets. The former are innocent members of benign social clubs, the latter are earnest patriots. At most, in the skeptics' eyes, any attempted government conspiracy will result in a failed cover-up and political scandal.

Whereas, conspiracy theorists could point to the very fact of "national security" secrets and secret police as self-evident proof of conspiracy. Where there are secrets, there are no checks and balances of power; those with the secrets have the power. I've quoted this previously, but Paul Craig Roberts has said that the only reason for an Administration to spy on Americans without court-approved search warrants is because it has "no legitimate reasons for its spying. This should be obvious even to a naif." It gives the President "power [of blackmail] over the media and opposition."

But the greatest conspiracy of all has been an open one. It's the war on freedom and prosperity. And you may be in on it.

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