From the Iranian theocracy to the Nazi Party, the tyranny of Stalin to right wing politicians warning of reds under the bed, conspiracy theories have been used both to ferment hatred towards political opponents and create scapegoats for the sins of politicians, despots and businessmen.
The number and diversity of these theories is where they first run into trouble. Jews, gays, feminists, Muslims, Jesuits, Catholics, communists, satanists, masons and bankers can’t all be secretly running the planet. Nowhere’s got that much meeting space and it’s not like they get on. Which begs the question that also flummoxes most religions. How do you know that the conspiracy theory you believe in is the right one?
Much like religion, conspiracy theory…
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