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  Conspiracy theory - SourceWatch
Because in the decades after the Holocaust it came to be accepted that the major conspiracy theories of the late 19th- and early 20th century implicating the Jews were all wild fantasies concocted by antisemites, the view took root that conspiracy theories deserved to be instantly repudiated.
In general, conspiracy theories propose that such conspirators have been involved in a plan or series of actions — anything from manipulating governments, economies, or the legal system, to hiding important information of cultural or scientific significance — and have successfully suppressed most every trace of the plan or their involvement in its implementation.
The subject of suppressed-invention conspiracy also touches on the realm of medical quackery: proponents of more unlikely forms of alternative medicine are known to allege conspiracy by mainstream doctors to suppress their cures, particularly when faced with charges of medical fraud.
www.sourcewatch.org /index.php?title=Conspiracy_theory   (5311 words)

  
 The Ontological Status of Conspiracy Theory
Conspiracy Theory is therefore of interest only as a kind of sociology of culture, a tracking of the delusory fantasies of certain in-groups and out-groups-but conspiracy theory itself has no ontological status.
Conspiracies are symptoms of the great "blind forces" (and hence useful as metaphors if nothing else), but they also feed back into those forces and sometimes even affect or effect or infect them.
The refusal to admit any validity to conspiracy theory is itself a form of spectacular delusion-blind belief in the liberal, rational, daylight world in which we all have "rights", in which "the system works", in which "democratic values will prevail in the long run" because Nature has so decreed it.
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 Conspiracy Theories Ranging from Stupid to Inane - Conspiracy Bomb
If you don't know anything about conspiracies or just need to bone up one some of the finer points of insanity, it'll be good to take a quick look at The A-Z of Conspiracy Theories, and leave the window open just in case you need to look something up.
War theories are usually straightforward in the fact that they simply try to further the authors ideological agenda (either in support or against the war or its leaders).
Conspiracy theories ranging from the Illuminati, to assasinations, war and the occult.
www.conspiracybomb.com   (1214 words)

  
 The Conspiracy Theory Blogger: How many Juleps will the Queen have?The Conspiracy Theory Blogger
The Conspiracy Theory Blogger: How many Juleps will the Queen have?The Conspiracy Theory Blogger
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  The Conspiracy Theory of Conspiracy Theory
Their opponents suggest the opposite, that conspiracy and deception do not exist.
The more evidence there is to support a given conspiracy theory, the more probable it is that the theory is false.
If there is no evidence to support a given conspiracy theory, then it is highly likely that the conspiracy exists, and has successfully covered its tracks.
www.tyrrell.ca /conspire.html   (261 words)

  
  Conspiracy Theory
An institutional theory of patriarchy explains gender relations in terms of marriage, the church, the market, socialization, etc. An institutional theory of government emphasizes the control and dissemination of information, the dynamics of bureaucracy, and the role of subservience to class, race, and gender interests.
Conspiracy theory has the appeal of a mystery--it is dramatic, compelling, vivid, and human.
The presentation of conspiracy theories has moved from little newsletters and journals to large audience radio talk shows and magazines and, at the same time, from identifying "secret teams" of CIA operatives to all-powerful networks of Arab financiers and worldwide Jewish bankers' fraternities.
www.zmag.org /zmag/articles/oldalbert19.htm   (2563 words)

  
  Conspiracy Theories and Paranoia: Notes from a Mind-Control Conference (Skeptical Inquirer September 1996)
Conspiracy theories have operated in many societies at many times and may be seen from a social-psychological perspective as serving certain functions within society.
Conspiracy theories may of course represent real conspiracies, but they may also act in a manner similar to racist stereotyping in which the targeted group is seen as deviant and deeply immoral (Moscovici 1987).
Conspiracy scholarship is on the one hand irrational, while on the other "far more coherent than the real world, since it leaves no room for mistakes, failures, or ambiguities.
www.csicop.org /si/9609/conspiracy.html   (5742 words)

  
  Conspiracy Theories excerpt   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Conspiracy theory arises when the political is interpreted within a specific, conspiratorial narrative frame by those for whom politics is inaccessible and its meaning is impenetrable or secret.
If conspiracy theory is, in Christopher Hitchens's provocative terms, "the white noise which moves in to fill the vacuity of the official version,"10 then it is necessary for an evocative, emancipatory politics to understand the noise of popular politics, and to appropriate its signifying practices for a truly progressive populism.
Conspiracy theory perceives the power of the ruling individual, group, or coalition to be thoroughly instrumental, controlling virtually all aspects of social life, politics, and economics.
www.upress.umn.edu /ConspiracyTheories.html   (2781 words)

  
  Conspiracy theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The term "conspiracy theory" is usually used by mainstream scholars and in popular culture to identify a type of folklore similar to an urban legend, especially an explanatory narrative which is constructed with methodological flaws.
According to many psychologists, a person who believes in one conspiracy theory is often a believer in other conspiracy theories and conversely for a person who does not believe in one conspiracy theory there is a lower probability that he, or she, will believe in another one.
The term conspiracy theory is itself the object of a type of conspiracy theory, which argues that those using the term are manipulating their audience to disregard the topic under discussion, either in a deliberate attempt to conceal the truth, or as dupes of more deliberate conspirators.
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 Encyclopedia :: encyclopedia : Conspiracy Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Conspiracy theory, in contrast to conspiracy as a legal concept, is a narrative genre which includes a broad selection of (not necessarily related) arguments for the existence of various conspiracies, each of which might have far-reaching social and political implications, if found to be true.
Conspiracy theory is considered by different observers to be a neutral description for a conspiracy claim, a perjorative term used to dismiss such a claim, and a term that can be positively embraced by proponents of such a claim.
Conspiracies are a popular theme in several genres of fiction, notably thrillers and science fiction, primarily due to their dramatic potential: recasting complex or meaningless historical events into relatively simple morality plays, in which bad people are the cause of bad events, and good people face the relatively simple task of identifying and defeating them.
www.hallencyclopedia.com /Conspiracy_Theory   (4298 words)

  
 Bible conspiracy theory - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A Bible conspiracy theory is any conspiracy theory that posits that much of what is known about the Bible is a deception created to suppress some secret, ancient truth.
Not all theories involving a conspiracy of deception affecting the Bible or its interpretation are held by a small fringe.
Concurrent with the "lost books" conspiracy theory is the claim that the Bible has been heavily edited or selectively translated in order to excise scripture which would undermine those in power; the editing is often purported to have been ordered by the Pope, some Council, and/or any one of many western, especially English Kings.
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 Conspiracy Theory - SkepticWiki   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A conspiracy theory refers to a claim that a condition, effect, or series of events is the result of secret planning by two or more individuals or by an organization, rather than a less dramatic cause, such as people acting openly, people acting independently but in concert, or natural causes.
Conspiracy theories are usually the result of logical fallacies combined with a lack of understanding of the science involved.
Conspiracy theories are generally not falsifiable, as any evidence refuting the theory is regarded as being part of the conspiracy.
www.skepticwiki.org /wiki/index.php/Conspiracy_Theory   (1731 words)

  
 Conspiracy Theory As Naive Deconstructive History
Conspiracy theory is "deconstructive history" because it is in rebellion against official explanations and against orthodox journalism and orthodox history.
Conspiracy theory is radically empirical: tangible facts are the focus, especially facts that the standard stories try to overlook.
Conspiracy theory will decrease when conspiracies decrease and when journalists and historians increase their efforts to explain events rather than explain them away.
newdemocracyworld.org /conspiracy.htm   (2722 words)

  
 Conspiracy Theory Encyclopedia Article @ LaunchBase.com (Launch Base)   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Woodward has discussed the theory in his political psychology class and has said he hopes to teach a new class that would explore Sept....
Those who were most influenced by this period, the so-called "Generation X," are characterized by their cynicism towards traditional institutions and authorities, offering a case example of the context of political dis-empowerment detailed above.
Given this popular understanding of the term, it is conceivable that the term might be used illegitimately and inappropriately, as a means to dismiss what are in fact substantial and well-evidenced accusations.
www.launchbase.com /encyclopedia/Conspiracy_theory   (3618 words)

  
 Conspiracy Theory: Who's Controlling History? - MSN Encarta
That's what divides Conspiracy Theory, as I'll call it, from the theory that any particular event may be the product of a conspiracy: the notion that history is controllable.
Conspiracy Theory proposes that some small group is producing the events we call "the news" as part of a grand design to rule the world.
People may differ on who is doing the controlling, but the underlying framework looks pretty similar from one "theorist" to the next.
encarta.msn.com /column_conspiracymain_tamimhome/Conspiracy_Theory_Who's_Controlling_History.html   (375 words)

  
 They Are Not Conspiracy Theories
Theories are based on a logical or a reasonable theses that take known information into account and draw a conclusion based on those known facts.
Theories, in essence, are educated guesses, and conspiracy theories are educated guesses about conspiracies people perceive around them.
When researchers, history buffs, truth seekers, conspiracy nuts or whatever you want to call us, present newly discovered, yet verifiable information to the public, we are directly attacked as promoters of a conspiracy theory and lambasted with the usual assortment of insults.
tvnewslies.org /html/they_are_not_conspiracy_theori.html   (1941 words)

  
 Whiskey Bar: Conspiracy Theory   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A new theory about Fitzgerald's aim has emerged in recent weeks from two lawyers who have had extensive conversations with the prosecutor while representing witnesses in the case.
A conspiracy charge would be a harpoon shoved deep into the administration's belly, rather than a barbless catch-and-release hook that could be quickly shaken loose, which would probably be the case if Fitzgerald had to prove the various specifications (authorized access, intentional disclosure, etc.) required under the Agee law.
A conspiracy charge presumably would delve into the inner workings of the White House Iraq Group, and reveal much about the administration's frantic efforts to obscure and/or spin its prewar meddling with the WMD intelligence.
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 A brief introduction to conspiracy theory
The field of conspiracy theory is a bit confused because not all the relevant definitions have been standardized.
Conspiracy is the nominal version of the verb conspire (literally to breathe together), which means to join in a secret agreement to perform an illegal act.
The second use of conspiracy theory is generic, referring to the act of appealing to, or the tendency to appeal to, undocumented conspiracy (or conspiracies) and continuing to appeal to it (or them) for years to centuries without documentation.
karws.gso.uri.edu /jfk/Conspiracy_theory/Intro_to_CT.html   (609 words)

  
 The Chronicle: 5/2/2003: The Neoconservative-Conspiracy Theory: Pure Myth
It is a conspiracy theory purporting to explain how the foreign policy of the world's greatest power, the United States, has been captured by a sinister and hitherto little-known cabal.
More to the point, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Powell, and Rice are among the most experienced, tough-minded, and strong-willed foreign-policy makers in at least a generation, and the conspiracy theory fails utterly to take into account their own assessments of American grand strategy in the aftermath of 9/11.
Conspiracy theorists are also naive in expressing anxieties that the Defense Department may sometimes be at odds with State or the National Security Council over policy.
chronicle.com /free/v49/i34/34b01401.htm   (1412 words)

  
 Conspiracy Theory Mormom Church Ruling America
Conspiracy Theory A conspiracy theory materializes when one observes the controlling practices of the Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Latter-Day Saints.
This Conspiracy Theory is documented in the book "The Mormon Conspiracy" which shows how the Latter-Day Saints church (LDS) is organized to restrict individual freedoms, individual thought, independence and democracy.
The conspiracy can further be recognized when one reads how the LDS has a disproportionate influence in such governmental departments as the FBI, the CIA, and the FCC (Federal Communications Commission).
mormonconspiracy.com /conspiracy-theory.html   (606 words)

  
 Conspiracy Theorists
Everyone has heard, and has probably used the term "conspiracy theorist," and the fact of the term being in common use, also indicates that we generally agree on what it means.
After the government releases an explanation of a particular event, a conspiracy theory is only born because evidence exists to disprove their explanation, or at least call it into question.
The news media are doing their usual job of slandering them with their usual childish name calling, but for more than three years, they have refused to show you the documented fact, scientific data, expert testimony, photographic evidence, or the credible eyewitness accounts that prove U.S. government complicity in the events of September, 11, 2001.
www.signs-of-the-times.org /signs/conspiracy_theorists.htm   (1366 words)

  
 Conspiracy Theories - religious cults, sects and movements   (Site not responding. Last check: )
The "conspiracy" tag can be used to delegitimize others' opinions, as when the allegations that the CIA helped bring crack into East L.A. were written off as part of the African-American community's supposed susceptibility to conspiracy.
But Fenster also notes that conspiracy theory serves a useful purpose as a balm to the politically alienated segments of society, and he optimistically interprets the popular pursuit of uncovering the hidden mechanics of power as evidence of a latent populism waiting to harnessed.
By neither dismissing conspiracy theorists as paranoid kooks nor being seduced by their yarns, Fenster constructs a strong case that even while we do not believe, we should nonetheless listen.
www.apologeticsindex.org /c24.html   (814 words)

  
 Al-Ahram Weekly | Opinion | Reflections:Conspiracy theory
Rather than accuse the "Arab mind" (whatever that may be) of being enamoured with conspiracy theories, the pundits would be much better served by looking into the effects of authoritarianism, a debased and sensationalist media and the near total absence of political space on the political consciousness of the masses.
One need not subscribe to conspiracy theories of any sort to recognise that Saddam and Bin Laden have been heaven-sent in so far as the US's post-Soviet imperial ambitions are concerned.
Like most conspiracy theories there is a factual grain at the core of this one.
weekly.ahram.org.eg /2003/638/op8.htm   (1108 words)

  
 A Conspiracy Theory Spreads Polio - article by Daniel Pipes
A worldwide campaign begun in 1988 to eradicate the polio infection was on the verge of success when, early in 2003, a conspiracy theory took hold of the Muslim population in northern Nigeria.
The theory's source seems to be a physician and the president of Nigeria's Supreme Council for Shari'a Law, Ibrahim Datti Ahmed, 68.
By mid-2004 the conspiracy theory had jumped to India, where a health worker noted that in one slum, "many poor and ignorant women regard the anti-polio drops as a deceptive strategy to control the birth rate."
www.danielpipes.org /article/2644   (786 words)

  
 Howstuffworks "How Conspiracy Theories Work"
Sometimes a conspiracy theory is ridiculous and learning about it is a form of entertainment.
A theory seeking to explain a disputed case or matter as a plot by a secret group or alliance rather than an individual or isolated act.
This particular conspiracy theory rose to such a high level in the public consciousness that an entire Hollywood movie was made about it: "JFK", directed by Oliver Stone and released in 1991.
people.howstuffworks.com /conspiracy-theory.htm   (732 words)

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