Young Americans are told vigorously, early on, that not only American Football, Hockey and other concussion sports, are excellent for their brains, but that “Conspiracy Theorists” are insane maniacs. This way, they are made gullible, and thus, defenseless. The bashed up brains (especially of the males) cannot figure it out. Whatever is going on. They may as well vote for Clinton. What could go worse?
Indeed, most of history consists in the history of conspiracies. Condemning conspiracy theory is condemning the study of most of history.
So the question that is subjacent, underground, hidden, yet fundamental: what is a conspiracy? It is a social activity. Humans are nothing, if not social (or then they are philosophers, somewhere in a cave, pondering the universe).
[Nazca skull, Peru, 19 centuries old.]
So a conspiracy is exactly what the word says it is: an activity where one breathes together. “Breathing Together” that’s what a conspiracy is. A conspiracy is not necessarily the making of a plan. Places such as Harvard are intrinsic conspiracies. A place where people share the same air, and thus the same mood.
What does “together breathe” imply? How can one breathe through the Internet? The Internet enables this breathing together, without breathing. Simple: yesterday’s Internet consisted in sitting next to each other. Now one can be next to each other, through internet messages, let alone live video. And what does one really share? Not air, but MOOD.
Corporations enable this breathing together, this common mood, or, as they put it correctly, “corporate culture”. And they breathe together with the governments.
Breathing together, why? Because one has to keep it secret. A conspiracy is automatically an aggression. From “the others” (who are hell, according to Sartre). To exploit others, one has to become close, make an alliance, a common mood, so one can… conspire against them
Just today the European Union found that the government of Belgium had enabled illegally 35 large corporations to pay less taxes than they owed (this has happened previously with Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands). The EU ordered those corporations to pay 700 million Euros in taxes. The Belgium government said that it was out of the question they would accept those payments due, as it would make Belgium less attractive, looking forward.
Then I was contemplating at the resume of the ambassador of the USA to Switzerland and Lichtenstein, a 46-year-old woman who had a BS from Brown University and co-founded some Jewish community (yes, she has no advanced degrees beyond college, and probably got her Microsoft job through ways which cannot be described with a straight face). She had a career at Microsoft, on and off (as she got off from being a mom, several times).
Microsoft is big, one could even say huge, in the Obama administration: Bill and Melinda are supposed to (help) organize the educational system of the USA (no less)! So now, here we are, in the country of Davos, a woman represents both the USA and Microsoft. Lower taxes for the mightiest could not be far behind.
Viewed that way, we are swimming in a universe of conspiracies, fostered by secret moods.
In the early thirties, American oil men starting to invest in Saudi Arabia, the mood towards fanatical Islam started to change, in the highest circles of raw power (it’s not just Hitler who loved Islam!) Lo and behold, in 1934, Abdulaziz Ibn Abdul Rahman ibn Faisal ibn Turki ibn Abdullah ibn Muhammad Al Saud founded Saudi Arabia. The conspiracy became official in 1945, when the Saudi dictator spent a week with Roosevelt on the same cruiser.
Starting clearly on June 1, 1914, the USA engaged in a mood hostile to France (and thus Europe). By proposing an alliance to the Kaiser against the “racially inferior” French. World War One (oopss!) came out of it, the USA on top (sorry!)
The hostility was expressed distinctly, starting with Colonel House, and then president Roosevelt. What made it a conspiracy, was the secrecy. It went on with facts, such as the carpet bombing of French ports by the US Air Force (as if the French were Nazis, thus that statement, much repeated, that the French sided with Hitler, to justify the bombing against French ports; some French ports are coming back slowly: one of them is building the world’s largest cruise ship).
The mood of anti-French, anti-European propaganda goes on to this day, by repeating lies about the Euro, or the Second World War, or European colonialism, or slavery, or the financial system, or the dollar as world currency (it does not matter says Krugman, and his nose becomes a mile long).
Lord Keynes pro-German racism (which brought the Holocaust!), even by American “Jews” (Krugman, etc.), or Friedman’s shallow considerations on the necessity of hatred and incompatibility between France and Germany (he probably spoke neither French nor German… Whereas I speak both)….
Islamophilia, of course, was one of the greatest conspiracies. It started by calling any consideration of (what the Romans called) the Orient as “Orientalism”, and implying it was a form of racism (as if French, or German studies were intrinsically racist). It went on by defining Islamophobia, a fear, as racism. The idea, as you said, was to erect “multiculturalism” against SUPERIOR IDEAS.
I am a fanatical multicultural ELITIST (as Bowie would say). But that means I pick up superior ideas wherever they are. Not that any culture alien enough is superior. Quite the opposite.
Multiculturalism, as effected, was a plot to destroy Europe. What of the USA? The USA controls an entire continent, which is relatively full of resources and energy. As a result, and moreover, the anti-intellectual climate in the USA is much more natural. Nothing to destroy: most people in the USA are de-rooted, thus routed, they have little cultural back-up.
Moods change. Why are Jews so interested to exhibit a saucer on their heads? To show they belong, and others don’t? Very clever… For those who hate Jews. Not only does it prove that Jews have a higher opinion, flaunting superstition, of themselves, but also it makes Jews obvious targets. What is the difference with wearing a yellow star? Just asking.
The young (15 years old) hater who tried to kill a kippah wearing person, just because he wore a kippah, was confronted to the person he tried to kill. He expressed no regrets, and repeated he acted in the name of the Islamist State.
The Jewish religious authorities in Marseilles just came to the exact same conclusion: they asked Jews to not wear the Kippah. High time.
And what of these concussion sports? They are a broader, and more efficient way to create super warriors, and warring spirit. The Incas had this already: they would bandage the head of future super warriors, until modifying their brains, crushing the frontal lobes. And not just the Incas were doing this: the mood of making deformation of heads through bandages had spread throughout the Americas. Same with the feet of higher class women in China.
Cultures are also supported by moods, and articulated by conspiracies. What do they have in common? Secrecy, and what goes unsaid (“non-dits” in French). To reach enlightenment, one way only: talk about what was never talked about before. No matter what.