Conspiracy Theorists: Un-American Doubt

                Conspiracy Theorists form an anti-establishment subculture that is filled with some of the most bizarre and intriguing ideas in America. From thoughts on who killed JKF, to a fake moon landing, to the CIA inventing AIDS, all the way to a 9/11 American-led plot.  In their article on the 40th anniversary of the moon landing (or NASA hoax?) Time Magazine detailed 10 of the most famous conspiracy theories in the world held by this subculture of theorists. This subculture is so fascinating because it forces those in the group and those on the outside to re-examine many things that they believe or have been taught to believe. The theorists are very good at stirring up doubt. In the Time article it is published that only 32% of the American public believes a lone gunman, Oswald, plotted and killed JFK.

While an interesting subculture it is also a group labeled as unpatriotic by the American majority. On youtube, 9/11, details the 9/11 conspiracy but also sheds light on the unpatriotic view of those in the group. It is easy to see why they are labeled this way though, when they view America responsible for killing its own people, spreading AIDS, and lying to its public over and over again. With that being said it is still a very interesting group because even if part of one of these theories is correct, and proved beyond doubt to be correct, it has the capacity to change world history. I cannot see this happening though, surely if any of these instances were really untrue they would have been shown as such. No government is capable of pulling off this many conspiracies, there are too many loose ends and too many talkative mouths to keep the truth suppressed. Americans have always wanted to be anti-establishment based, but this is going too far, this is unreasonable doubt directed at a government built on the support of its people.

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2 responses to “Conspiracy Theorists: Un-American Doubt

  1. Zach Miller

    This is a very interesting article. I agree, the conspiracies tend to take these ideas to a silly and far-fetched idea. If you do any research, you’ll find that we actually got the stealth fighter plans from the Germans at the end of WWII when Allied Forces took all German science blueprints for themselves. Being a Beatles fan myself, I’ve discovered that John Lennon actually says “cranberry sauce”. That being said, the conspiracy believers are dedicated and have “evidence” and reasons to support their beliefs. Also, even though I don’t believe the conspiracies, I find it interesting to think about them.

  2. This is actually interesting because my brother is definitely on the conspiracy theory side. He feels the government is out to get us all. One of his ideas is that the tornados in April last year were made by the government to regulate population. It is intriguing though to see the thought process of many of these theorists. If one didn’t know better they might convert to their theories. I think it is important to see/understand all sides of arguments and to allow people decide for themselves. Along with my paper about the Holocaust: if a group of people believe something they can impact others to believe without question their “ideas.”

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