Fluoride was put in the water to make us all behave!!!
Everybody in the military are murderers!!!!
9-11 was an inside job!!!
However, whereas I am largely bemused with the standard fare of libertarian conspiracy theorists, their existence Venn diagrams into the world of conspiracy theorists in general. And "conspiracy theorists in general" I believe will prove increasingly useful in the future when it comes to understanding politics, economics, and human psychology.
Understand everyone is seeking a religion. And though I may have my disagreements with the world's established religions, at least they call it that.
Christians call themselves Christians.
Muslims identify as Muslims.
Jews claim to be Jewish.
And Buddhists claim to be Buddhists.
Even the Scientologists have the gall to call themselves Scientologists.
The same intellectual honesty cannot, however, be said for the majority of modern day Americans. Especially, those who "doth protest too much" when they hate on religion. Leftists, for example, provide the most numerous examples of people who "hate" Christianity, but immediately replace it with equally false religions (global warming, socialism, feminism, activism, racism, sexism, and all various forms of SJWing, etc.). Atheists, of the quiet variety, are intellectually honest followers of their beliefs, but their closely related "Atheist-cult" cousins who pride themselves on being Atheists (and not much else) again (and quite ironically) simply substituted one religion for another. And I have also pointed out what I believe to be the latest religion the sheeple are swallowing whole - fake mental illnesses. According to the CDC 1 in 5 children have some form of mental illness, and according to MedCo 25% of American women are on some kind of medication or another (if you believe that). However, which is more likely?
That high a percentage of the population REALLY has a mental problem?
That high a percentage want an excuse so they don't have to try as hard in life/can excuse their failures in life?
The larger point is that I don't care what form the "religion" takes, even if its adherents swear up and down it "isn't a religion." Everybody seeks out a religion. For it is human nature to find some kind of meaning and purpose in life because without it, it really is hard to find some kind of incentive to live (not to mention most people are too cowardly to face the likelihood they are finite, there is no "afterlife," and they will truly cease to end).
The problem, however, with religion, is that it is always based in falsehoods, or at least unknowns. This is what gives it its "amorphous," "intangible," "religious" qualities. However, in not being provable, empirical, or scientific, this leaves ALL religions susceptible to misinterpretation, abuse, and, inevitably, self-servitude.
And this is where the conspiracy theorists come in.
Conspiracy theorists abuse their religion of "conspiracy theories" because they're not only too lazy to think things through, study, and prove their theories right or wrong, but because they also have a bit of an ego and want to think themselves intellectually "superior" or "fancy." And whereas serious study of any topic, to the point one is well-versed, perhaps even an expert on the topic, will yield legitimate and valid intelligence on the topic, conspiracy theorists are too lazy and too impatient for such empircism, study, and research. They want validation and faux-intellectual discussion NOW, and are more than happy to substitute outlandish and controversial poppycock for the truth in order to get it. Ergo, conspiracy theorists don't really believe in their theories, they simply mentally get off on advocating them.
This results in a parallel, even some significant overlap, between conspiracy theorists and leftists in their respective religions.
Nothing has to be verified.
No logic or reason needs to be adhered to.
Reality and sanity themselves can be ignored.
Because all that matters to the conspiracy theorist is the "shock-jock-esque" controversy he or she stirs up while seeming so much more "knowledgeable" than you ignorant commoners, just as the leftist religious zealot only cares about being made out to be a victim, and thus rationalizing the theft of others (while also snidely accusing you of "ignorance" or "racism" or "sexism" because you dared to disagree with them).
Alas, why the "10 Commandments" of these religions are not just insane, but usually outright wrong, and repeated mindlessly as NOBODY ever
1. Chem trails
2. It's the "corporations maaaan!"
3. 9-11 was an inside job
4. The rich don't pay their fair share.
5. The Illuminati
6. 1 in 5 women are raped
7. The Holocaust didn't happen
8. White/Male privilege
10. Women make only 77% what men do
However, there is a price for such ignorance and ego, and that price is the cost that all religions have historically had - it forces non-believers to suffer.
But whereas in the past this suffering largely manifested itself in the prevention of science and all the technological advances that it could have provided to humanity, today it is a sheer attack on sanity, logic, and economics. And whereas human advancement was halted due to belief in a deity, an afterlife, or simple tribalism, today we are bringing our society's to a screeching halt for things as petty as the:
of spoiled, Americans and Westerners.
Alas, whether it was the
Sultan rejecting western medical advances for his people.
Christians burning "witches" at the stake
Feminists fighting for "fat acceptance" or
Jenny McCarthy-esque parents rejecting vaccines for their children.
All their decisions and beliefs were based in lies.
These lies were forced on society through theocracy or democracy.
And humanity will pay the price of achieving nowhere near what it could have.
And that my friends, is why you enjoy the decline.