The world is full of secrets, but these theories are a bit OTT.
How Do Conspiracy Theories Work?
As political scientist Michael Barkun explains in his book, there are three principles found in every conspiracy theory.
Firstly, nothing happens by accident. “Conspiracy implies a world based on intentionality,” Barkun writes. There are no coincidences, in the theorist’s mind, the world makes a lot more sense.
And finally, everything is connected, “Hence the conspiracy theorist must engage in a constant process of linkage and correlation in order to map the hidden connections.”
There’s no disputing, conspiracy theories can be entertaining, but these conspiracy theorists take it to the next level.
These are three of the most insane conspiracy theories bouncing around the internet today.
1. A Secret Cabal is Controlling the World
In 2013, Public Policy Polling found that 28%of voters believe that a “secretive power elite” is conspiring to rule the world.
The Illuminati and the Freemasons still get a bad rap from conspiracy theorists.
However, these days New World Order organisations can range from the outlandish (reptilian, occultist, homo capensis), to the anti-Semitic, to the reactionary.
Globalists is a term that fits many NWO narratives and has become the cabal du jour, thanks in part to oddly popular, right-wing commentators, like Alex Jones.
Even the President of the United States (cough) Donald Trump openly discussed globalist conspiracy theories.
2. False Flag Operations are Rife
Name a major tragedy, and it’s likely that somewhere online you will find someone claiming that it was a false flag operation.
A false flag operation is a covert operation in which one entity carries out activities that deliberately make another entity look guilty.
False flag operations do happen, but conspiracy theorists would have you believe they are rife.
According to popular theories, 9/11 was orchestrated by the government and the Sandy Hook tragedy by gun control advocates.
OMG Charlottesville was likely another false flag. Americans are being played for fools. NOTHING is as it seems.
— 🌺🌸 JulieMAGA (@Julie4Trump) August 19, 2017
Even recent events, like the Manchester terrorist attack and Charlottesville, have been touted as false flags operations.
So, what about all those grieving families who appear in the media? They are hired crisis actors, of course. As the father of Sandy Hook’s youngest victim can attest, this has led to victims of tragedies receiving torrents of abuse.
3. The Great Global Warming Conspiracy Conspiracy
Any and all weather events are used by the GLOBAL WARMING HOAXSTERS to justify higher taxes to save our planet! They don’t believe it $$$$!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 26, 2014