Sam Smith - The term 'conspiracy theory' was invented by elite media and politicians to denigrate questions or critical presumptions about events about which important facts remain unrevealed.
response to such events is to remain agnostic, skeptical, and curious.
Theories may be suggested - just as they are every day about less
complex and more open matters on news broadcasts and op ed pages - but
such theories should not stray too far from available evidence.
Conversely, as long as serious anomalies remain, dismissing questions
and doubts as a "conspiracy theory" is a highly unintelligent response.
It is also ironic as those ridiculing the questions and doubts typically
consider themselves intellectually superior to the doubters. But they
aren't because they stopped thinking the moment someone in power told
them a superficially plausible answer. Further, to ridicule those still
with doubts about such matters is intellectually dishonest.
There is the further irony that many who ridicule doubts about the
official version of events were typically trained at elite colleges
where, in political science and history, theories often take precedent
over facts and in which substantive decisions affecting politics and
history are presumed to be the work of a small number of wise men (sic).
They are trained, in effect, to trust in (1) theories and (2) benign
confederacies. Most major media political coverage is based on the great
man theory of history. This pattern can be found in everything from
Skull & Bones to the Washington Post editorial board to the Council
on Foreign Relations. You might even call them conspiracy theorists.
Other fields - such as social history or anthropology - posit that
change for better or evil can come as cultural change or choices and not
just as the decisions of "great men." This is why one of the biggest
stories in modern American history was never well covered: the declining
birth rate. No great men decided it should happen.
The unresolved major event
is largely a modern phenomenon that coincides with the collapse of
America's constitutional government and the decline of its culture.
Beginning with the Kennedy assassination, the number of inadequately
explained major events has been mounting steadily and with them a steady
decline in the trust between he people and their government.
You don't need a conspiracy to lie, do something illegal or to be stupid.
If you're going to debunk conspiracy theories about 9/11 you'd think you'd start with the biggest one. That created by the Bush administration to justify the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Somehow that never made the debunker list.
Why are we allowed to have theories on every topic from the creation of the universe to who is going to win the World Series with the sole exception of wondering who in power is screwing us and how?