Theories about Conspiracy theories

By Eric Crampton 29/04/2015

Four nationally representative survey samples collected in 2006, 2010, and 2011 indicate that over half of the American population consistently endorse some kind of conspiratorial narrative about a current political event or phenomenon and that these attitudes are predicted by supernatural, paranormal, and Manichean sentiments. These findings suggest that conspiracism is not only an important element in American political culture, but also is expressive of some latent and powerful organizing principles behind American mass opinion.

So say J. Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood in the AJPS, in an article I missed when it came out last October.

Read this table and weep.

TABLE 1 Percentage of Americans Agreeing with Various Conspiracy Theories, 2011
Conspiratorial Narrative Heard Before? Strongly Agree Agree Neither Disagree Strongly Disagree
The U.S. invasion of Iraq was not part of a campaign to fight terrorism, but was driven by oil companies and Jews in the U.S. and Israel (Iraq War) 44 6 13 33 22 27
Certain U.S. government officials planned the attacks of September 11, 2001, because they wanted the United States to go to war in the Middle East (Truther) 67 7 12 22 18 41
President Barack Obama was not really born in the United States and does not have an authentic Hawaiian birth certificate (Birther) 94 11 13 24 14 38
The current financial crisis was secretly orchestrated by a small group of Wall Street bankers to extend the power of the Federal Reserve and further their control of the world’s economy (Financial Crisis) 47 8 17 38 20 17
Vapor trails left by aircraft are actually chemical agents deliberately sprayed in a clandestine program directed by government officials (Chem Trails) 17 4 5 28 21 42
Billionaire George Soros is behind a hidden plot to destabilize the American government, take control of the media, and put the world under his control (Soros) 31 9 10 44 16 21
The U.S. government is mandating the switch to compact fluorescent light bulbs because such lights make people more obedient and easier to control (CFLB) 17 4 7 24 24 41
Note: N = 1,935 cases.
Source: Modules of the 2011 Cooperative Congressional Election Surveys.

Table 3 is even worse: 27% believe we’re in End Times; 33% believe in ESP.

All that’s left is figuring out how to do away with Manichean dualism and superstition; education seems to be the strongest preventative measure, along with having political knowledge.

Or maybe that’s just what they want us to believe.

Really, all the voting boxes are rigged and that the Illuminati are not only making sure your vote won’t count but also keeping track of how you vote? Haven’t you noticed that the chemtrail planes are concentrated in areas where your preferred party’s support is undercounted because of the Illuminati? Think about it. Voting’s dangerous. Chemtrails.


0 Responses to “Theories about Conspiracy theories”

  • Not sure what is more disturbing, the ones who agree or the fairly large pool of undecided, wondering on the thought process ther “Hmm, you know it _seems_ reasonable that the governent is enacting mind control on a massive scale. I’m just not sure.”