jbone at place.org
jbone at place.org
Thu Oct 23 12:16:41 PDT 2003
So let's drill in on "conspiracy theory" here a bit. Joe's opined that
there are plenty of conspiracy theorists and theories around these
parts, but I don't see it. First, "conspiracy" (in American law) is
when 5 or more individuals collaborate to plan a felony or felonies.
"Theory" implies something rather more... well... theoretical than
forwarding relatively mainstream media coverage of political events.
Are there conspiracies afoot? Almost certainly. (Diebold etc. Rove /
Plame. Possibly the Yellow Cake Road debacle. Election '00. Enron.
Bush-Saudi. Etc.) But there's a difference between desperately
looking for ways to connect the dots and merely remarking on the lines
in a drawing that's handed to you. Hasn't been much "theory" around
these parts, at least that I've seen.
Wouldn't mind a glimpse at the big picture, though, if their really are
"conspiracy theorists" around here. I feel ill-equipped to make sense
of all the various bits and pieces of worldwide ugliness that seem to
be floating up to the surface these days. Somebody feel like pulling
them together into some uber-picture? One that doesn't involve grey
aliens from Zeta Reticuli? ;-)
As best I can figure it, what's going on in the world is nothing more
mysterious than a weird convergence of interests between and
circumstances among certain large corporations, an authoritarian
religious right desirous of "theonomy" (whatever that is) and with
certain eschatological interests, a resurgency of neo-Federalists, the
typical late-empire hegemonistic urges on the part of certain atavistic
groups and persons in America, and weird ties from the above to various
players (or are they pawns?) on both sides (Israel and everybody else)
in the New Great Game in the Middle East.
Nothing particularly mysterious or "conspiracy theoretic" about it.
Just some interests that happen to align in a particularly nasty way.
No less dangerous for all that, though.
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