Conspiracy Theory, Conspiracy Theorists and Facts

So often, particularly in today’s culture,  attempts to explain what is happening in our county and our world are dismissed as foolish conspiracy theories.  It is completely normal for the healthy human mind to contemplate why things happen as they do and what, if any, are motivations for actions and outcomes.  All human minds construct narratives around their life experiences to explain the proceedings of life and this becomes their worldview. 1 People absorb data and ideas that they plug into the prism of their worldview to help navigate, interpret and understand the world.  Most people sincerely, or insincerely, search for truth which is by no means an obvious process.   Along those lines, part of the truth dynamic includes contemplation about whether events and impactful actions are taking place organically due to naturally evolving sentiments of the people or artificially advanced by highly motivated, radical actors. 

Attempting to discover the truth of whether the human story is unfolding due to evolutionary or revolutionary processes is not obvious and by all accounts, appears to be a discomforting combination of both.  The early spread of Christianity would be an example of evolutionary progress.   A small group of believers carried their message from community to community sharing their story in the open allowing receptive listeners to collect and interpret the information they had to offer and do with it as they saw fit.  Synthesis is another form of evolutionary progress whereby one action gives rise to an opposing action (or an idea gives rise to an opposing idea or a movement to an opposing movement, etc…).  The synthesis of the two shapes the direction of human “progress.”    The introduction of Marxist theory is an example of evolutionary progress in that the philosophical movement was born out of opposition to classical liberalism and capitalism.  The introduction of the movement itself would be considered organic.  However, as will be explored later in this essay, the manner in which the Marxists choose to advance their ideas is far from natural and transparent; their methods until very recently have been covert and propagandist thus categorizing their “progress” as revolutionary versus evolutionary. 

This essay will focus on revolutionary “progress” because it sows the fertile ground for conspiracy  and conspiracy theories.  Revolutionary “progress” will be characterized by highly motivated individuals or groups organizing in covert or closed-door fashion to collaborate on visionary plans to shape the direction of human history to their liking; to instate their visions, their policies, their goals which ultimately work to their benefit without transparent, honest revelation to the people whom they will impact.  Some perceive that what is taking place “doesn’t add up” and begin the search for truth.  In the absence of reliable, satisfying information, the curious mind will go to work.  This is how conspiracy theories are born but what’s important is to know, there are conspiracies.

  1. Conspiracy Theory from an Academic Perspective

University of Miami Professor Joseph Uscinski has done extensive scholarly work on the growing …
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Built Back Better: the Great Reset

To paraphrase Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, disruptions caused by the Covid-19 crisis are exposing failures in almost all systems governing our collective lives from health and finance to energy and education to government itself.  These inadequacies exist on a global scale and need to undergo comprehensive reform; a new social contract.  Schwab writes: 

“We can emerge from this crisis a better world, if we act quickly and jointly… The changes we have already seen in response to Covid-19 prove that a reset of our economic and social foundations is possible…the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions.  Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech must be transformed.  In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.”  

Schwab and his team of expert leaders at the World Economic Forum (WEF) propose to replace  traditional, free market capitalism with, what they term, stakeholder capitalism.  By redefining the purpose of a company away from creating sustained value exclusively for shareholders emphasis is shifted to stakeholders.  Corporations align their interests for long-term sustainable prosperity to accommodate the diverse interests of employees, customers, suppliers, communities and society at large.

This reform is urgent because the world is facing unprecedented crises, according to the WEF.

-Covid-19 has significantly attacked the physical and fiscal health of the world.  
-WEF Global Risk Teams project a prolonged recession due to repercussions of the pandemic.
-The current capitalist system has failed to prevent the rich from getting richer stoking societal rage against inequality.
-The pandemic has distracted from purportedly the most profound threat to the flourishing of mankind: climate change.
-The technological revolution is disrupting industry, lifestyles and governance faster than traditional “old” systems can respond. 

To quote Schwab:

“Left unaddressed, these crises, together with Covid-19, will deepen and leave the world even less sustainable, less equal and more fragile…We must build entirely new foundations for our economic and social systems…(O)ne silver lining of the pandemic is that it has shown how quickly we can make radical changes to our lifestyles.  Almost instantly, the crisis forced businesses and individuals to abandon practices long claimed to be essential, frequent air travel to working in an office.  Likewise, populations have overwhelmingly shown a willingness to make sacrifices…”.  “This is our best chance to instigate stakeholder capitalism.” 

  1. Stakeholder Capitalism

The 2020 Davos Manifesto defines a more equitable capitalist model as follows:

“The purpose of a company is to engage all its stakeholders in shared and sustained value creation.  In creating such value, a company serves not only to its shareholders, but all its stakeholders-employees, customers, suppliers, committees and society at large.” 

This new form of capitalism combines some familiar, traditional traits with new requirements incorporating political activism and global corporatism 1.  For instance, the  Davos Manifesto declares  that a …
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Mr. Comey Versus the Meek

It is common knowledge that former director of the FBI,  James Comey, had a contemptuous relationship with Donald Trump which was on display in a recent interview with the UK Guardian  . He professes “Donald Trump conveys a menace, a meanness in private that is not evident in most public views of him” and true, there could be, probably is, a side of Donald Trump to which common Trump supporters aren’t privy.  Nevertheless, Mr. Trump won the presidency promising to those common people secure national borders, renegotiated fair trade agreements, support for equal opportunity and job creation for all Americans, confirmation of constitutional originalist judges, a rebuilding of the American military and overall commitment to “Make America (a) Great (nation) Again.”  Whoever Donald Trump was or wasn’t in his private life didn’t matter to supporters because advancing this platform was of utmost importance to the millions of Americans who voted for him.

However, Mr. Comey appears to harbor disdain not only for the former President but likewise for American Trump supporters at large. He describes Trump supporters as lacking moral framework:  “They tell themselves stories like. ‘I’ve got to deal with this to protect the country;  because I’m so important to the nation, I’ll make these compromises.’ And then he’s (Trump) eaten (their) soul, it’s too late…”  Comey isn’t alone.  Quite a few commentators are making the media circuit characterizing Trump supporters as a cultists in need of de-radicalization or of “de-programing” (Katie Couric, Eugene Robinson). Several have suggested federal lists to track these Americans who pose a danger to civil society. 

Meanwhile another question looms as to how the country moves forward with some form of political unity particularly in this case as it relates to cohesion in the Republican Party.  Comey’s thoughts are as follows:

“The Republican Party needs to be burned down or changed.  Something is shifting and I’m hoping it’s the fault breaking apart, a break between the Trumpists and those people who want to try and build a responsible conservative party, because everybody should know that we need one.  Who would want to be part of an organization that at its core is built on lies and racism and know-nothingism?  It’s just not a healthy political organization.”

And indeed he has a point, how can Trump conservatives continue to share the tent with progressive Republicans who first, despise them and second, will not represent, support or vote for their policy preferences or fight to maintain their way of life?

The Capitol debacle aside, at heart, the majority of Trump supporters are comparatively meek, to the point that they are not particularly effective at playing offense against a political movement that threatens to destroy that which they hold dear.  Conservatives are truly animated by the notion of preserving for future generations the founding principles of liberty, self-reliance, accountable government, rule of law, equality of opportunity and a nation under God and also tend to embrace a modus operandi of “live and let live.”  Yet these Trump …
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Sustainable Development: What it is and what it isn’t

Whether due to President Trump or to the natural course of events, the global liberal world order is being questioned.  …
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Pompeo’s Crusade for Human Rights: Commission on Unalienable Rights

Given the spirit of the age it might be prudent to refine the American conception of “freedom” and “rights.”  Regarding …
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