dispelling the “conspiracy theory”-labelling tactic

14 Mar

2017 March 14th Tuesday (π Day)

at the Jet Fuel Cafe.

Most of us can recall someone going on about injustices in society, and then another person dismissing it, regardless of coherence, by referring to it as a ‘conspiracy theory‘.

The good people contributing to wikipedia.org call it pretty close to my understanding of it, “A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event or situation that invokes a conspiracy without warrant, generally one involving an illegal or harmful act carried out by government or other powerful actors. Conspiracy theories often produce hypotheses that contradict the prevailing understanding of history or simple facts. The term is a derogatory one”.   [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Conspiracy_theory]

The key here is, “… invokes a conspiracy without warrant, …”.

Now, imagine, if you will, that you are in the financial elite, the top 1/10th of the top 1%, or even the top 1/100th of the top 1%, (that’s one in 10,000).  Again Wiki is useful for figuring out how many of them there are; according to Wiki, “As of August 2016, it [total population of the Earth] was estimated at 7.4 billion.  So, 7,400,000,000 divided by 10,000, we get 740,000 individuals, which seems way to high to me.  But just imagine, especially in the so-called ‘western first-world democracies’, where services previously guaranteed by the government, are now pay-to-play.

If you don’t have the dinero, then you don’t have the right to that, anymore.

This is a trend which is accelerating.

Can one really justify the almost unimaginable annual income of the top wealthiest people, when many hundreds of thousands in North America live vulnerable, at a standard significantly lower than a typical hunter-gatherer?

[see an incredibly excellent book, Sapiens, by Yuval Noah Harari]

As for responsibilities, if you are in that elite financial group, just what, exactly, are your responsibilities (those that you can’t pay an underling to ‘take care of’)?

So, let’s get it straight, in that group, you have virtually unlimited rights, and no responsibilities!

It is a good situation for you; way to go!

So, just what, exactly, do you spend your time doing, besides ensuring that your sweet deal continues, or gets even better?

You are already well beyond the point where additional financial capability is possibly going to change your material world.  It is only ego-tripping to see even more decimal places in your bank account, which, in the physical world, is a few binary data bits.

So, again, just what, exactly, do you spend your time doing, besides ensuring that your sweet deal continues?

Obsessive ego-gratifying pursuits, ensuring that you get all, regardless of the cost to others; this is the warrant!

Sure there are a lot of wild-ass ‘conspiracy theories’, without merit, but ultimately, there is a small army, using their considerable power of persuasion to keep you down, so they can keep it up!

20170519 – check out BBC article: Conspiracy theories: How to be a smarter news consumer from 14 September 2016


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