"How dare you" question their intentions and suggest they might be nefarious. How dare you suggest they are anything other than loving and benevolent. Our "leaders" have only ever wanted the best for us, right? They only want our lives to become safer, more comfortable and more convenient – This is what truly motivates your average elitist, right?
Obviously history tells us a far different story, and it boggles my mind when anyone tries to argue that things are different today compared to 100 years ago, 300 years ago, or 1000 years ago. There is nothing new under the sun. There will always be tyrants attempting to gain more and more power and those tyrants will always lie to the public, claiming they are good people with our best interests at heart.
When that doesn't work and the citizenry remains skeptical, the tyrants go on the attack, accusing the public of "conspiracy theory." This is meant to mock and shame free thinkers into silence – You don't want to stand out, right? Why risk being ostracized from society? Why risk becoming a meme?
This tactic is rooted in the notion that the corporate media and government officials represent the mainstream, and therefore they represent the majority, and the majority represents reality. None of this is true or relevant, of course. Only facts matter. Sophistry is meaningless. Opinions are meaningless. The truth should be the goal, and if it's not someone's goal then they must be a purveyor of lies and should not be taken seriously. There are only two paths to take, there is no in-between.
I will admit there is some value to the "conspiracy theory" accusation because whenever the establishment uses it, it's a sure sign that you are too close to the target and they are getting nervous. They could simply try to outline any evidence they might have to prove that your position is wrong, but they don't really do that. Instead of debating your arguments and evidence, they try to undermine you as a valid critic and inoculate the public against your ideas before people ever get a chance to hear them. This is the behavior of villains, not benevolent and caring leaders.