I’m just a lonely voice, like most of you. I tried to get on Philadelphia’s Dom Giordano radio show at WPHT this morning, but no luck.
He was fired up about conspiracy theories. He hung up on a guy who accused John Bolton of doing nothing to inhibit the U.N.’s Agenda 21. (He was right.) He did a peroration to the effect that he’s the last talk show guy anyone should go to with a conspiracy theory. (He was wrong.) He’s 100 percent opposed. To conspiracy theories. The callers’ problem is not that there’s an unexposed conspiracy but that they can’t tell the difference between conspiracy and lunacy. Dom’s error is that he refuses to comprehend ANY conspiracy, even the ones that work.
I told his screeners there are at least two kinds of conspiracies — crazy conspiracies, which can’t be true, and moderately successful conspiracies, which are not only true but a fact of life. There’s a way to distinguish between them without going nuclear.
But I missed the window. Giordano had moved on, and the screener came back on the line to tell me that. So I’ll forward this post to the show. In his favor, he generally answers. So the rest of this is for him and, more importantly, the rest of you. Because we do live in an age of conspiracy. Meaning, effective conspiracy.
Sorry, Dom. Ranting isn’t the rebuttal. People know things aren’t right.
The 9/11 Conspiracy Theories are crazy because too many people would have had to be involved with far more risk than reward. Air traffic controllers, building implosion experts, and all their hourly paid employees. And more, on and on. Where substitute planes were landed to hide the central plot of airliner shells sent as missiles into the Twin Towers. Blah blah blah.
Too elaborate? No. Not really. Too elaborate with no set of cascading incentives among like minded people.
Which is the mark of conspiracies that actually work for a time. Despite all Dom Giordano’s Manachaean distinctions between people who believe in conspiracies and those who don’t.
Unpleasant fact. There ARE conspiracies and many of them prosper for at least a while.
How do they differ from the crazy conspiracy theories? Follow the money and the power. They are not the work of secret societies. They do not engineer massive events. They operate mostly in the open. Their co-conspirators are not members of the elect sworn into a secret cabal. They’re just people who know which side their bread is buttered on.
Two examples of successful conspiracies. Global Warming hysteria. And passage of ObamaCare. Both were accomplished with amazing untruths and faked statistics. Which obviously involved complicity by hundreds if not thousands of people. The motives had nothing to do with the public welfare but private selfish ends. In both cases, the trusted people involved betrayed their trust and made themselves willing accomplices in propaganda, lies, and political arguments that had nothing to do with their real incentives.
To tell a real conspiracy from a crazy conspiracy, the route is simple: Follow the money and the power.
The Pope is on record opposing trickle down. Guess how most conspiracies begin and succeed. There’s no meeting populated by disciples wearing hoods. There’s just an atmosphere created in which the conspirators prosper, for their own private reasons, and the resistance to the conspiracy gets massacred in the media. uh, period. Everything is trickle down, from the media to the masses. End of mystery.
There was no secret cult of Global Warming which handed out marching orders and instructions about how to falsify data. There was just a loose agglomeration of lefty scientists whose careers were in thrall to other agreeable lefties, all of whom agreed that scientists should be in charge of a new age of reason, and Global Reason was their way to do it. Along the way, they forgot that the science which was their credential didn’t matter anymore, because if necessary they could just fake it. Why? Because the Global Warming hypothesis gave them grants, tenure, public attention, and a sense of personal importance. After all, they know better than anyone that science is a moving target. Genius today, joke tomorrow. When the next guy proves you’re a fool.
ObamaCare. An obvious conspiracy. With media help. My point about a loose affiliation of people with similar incentives and like minds. It was always a fraud. Massive income redistribution disguised as health reform. There were no orders from the White House to the media. Akin to the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and Fast & Furious. Any of which would have brought down a Republican presidency. Smoking guns weren’t necessary because the beneficiaries all understood what they had to gain and lose. Careers, lobbying fortunes, book contracts, and shameless network appearances in the future, which is orchestrated for the world by oh-so-friendly NBC.
Just this loose cascading conspiracy that made Brian Williams a celebrity for kissing Obama’s ass, and the same with all the mass media and magazine coverage, who leveraged Obama celebrity into career celebrity. Loose affiliations. Emphasis on the word “loose.”
All right. I’ll stop. There ARE conspiracies aplenty. They don’t all succeed. Some do.