My Take on Conspiracy Theories

Posted on January 10, 2011 at 9.59 pm

Does the government lie to us with regularity and impunity?  Yes, of course it does.  And so is it possible that there are some aspects of truth in some conspiracy theories?  Again, yes.

But there are so many terrible things the government does which are right out in the open.  We don’t need Wikileaks to tell us that our government does awful things all the time — in broad daylight!  Did you know, for instance, that under the present administration, the acceptable terrorist killed:civilians killed ratio has been raised to 1:50?!  50 civilians can be slaughtered to get one guy.  Stuff like that is just unbelievable to me.

My point is this:  Maybe one day, if somehow libertarians manage to remake the world (or at least this country) in our philosophical image, maybe then we should investigate the sorts of things these videos mention.  Maybe some of it will be true.  Personally, I don’t think much of it will be.

But even if everything in all the theories were accurate, it’s just not where we should focus our efforts. There are issues we can attack which don’t alienate the general public — which we don’t have to attempt to prove are actually issues.  Let’s work on those matters instead, and leave the conspiracies behind.

Because what’s at stake with conspiracy theories?  At most, proving that the government lies and does terrible things.  Well…we already knew that.

But what’s at stake with, for example, the issue that I mentioned?  People’s lives.  Real people, thousands of miles away, and we’re paying taxes and printing money to have them killed by unmanned drones in hopes of getting just a tiny handful of terrorists, even though sometimes we don’t even know who is and isn’t a terrorist.

Now tell me, which issue is more important?

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