Mike Renzulli
The Idiocy of Conspiracy Theories  
It amazes me that, even the most highly educated people subscribe to the idea of various conspiracy theories.
Among the more popular ones are: 911 was an inside job, Israel funds Hamas, the supposed coming of the North American Union and the implementation of the Amero will be coming soon thanks, in large part, to The Fed's orchestrated depreciation of the dollar.
There are also conspiracy theories related to Watergate, Travelgate, the John F. Kennedy assassination, the activities of the Trilateral Commission and Bilderberg Group, black helicopters that symbolized the military takeover of part or all the United States and so on and so on.
Worst of all, proponents of such ideas have the audacity to state that, by not buying into their speculation, I, and others who do not buy into their stories, were willing to buy into state lies and be slaves.
So, as a way to express my disgust with such claims and to disprove conspiracy theories in general, I dedicate this essay to all of the idiotic and irrational conclusions many people subscribe to in hopes of pointing out the error of their ways and so they reclaim their rationality once and for all.
A conspiracy theory is nothing more than that: a theory. Usually based on speculation and a culmination of many historical and actual events tied together that share common characteristics in hopes of proving a particular point against the official story but with little or no evidence, overall, to back up the proponent's claims.
To accept a conspiracy theory without overwhelming evidence requires the acceptance of other unprovable claims. For example, one would have to conclude that almost everyone in government are able, at will, to secretly plan large or small scale attacks or plots and maintain operational security without leaks or any kind of transparency.
But for someone to accept the conspiratorial view of reality, people in government are viewed implicitly as demonaic, able to keep unrelenting control of secret, diabolical plots which are very complex, require multitudes of people, and sometimes involve the killing of perfectly innocent Americans.
The overall theme of conspiracy theories themselves are, in many ways, similar to religious belief.
Many people believe that instead of or in addition to an all powerful supernatural diety creating, manipulating, or planning people's lives instead there are groups secretly working in tandem within the backrooms of governments to create, manipulate or plan people's lives and the events of life on earth with the help of like-minded politicians.
This is not to say that all people who work in government are entirely innocent either and I am still dismayed at much of the erosion of things, like our civil liberties, that have occured at the hands of judges in our nation's courts who are in place to protect the very rights and freedoms were are supposed to enjoy without encroachment.
But the results of things, like judicial decisions that erode our rights, are the result cultural factors that have lead many to believe that people can have their cake and eat it too and not the result of backroom planners manipulating and controlling certain events at will.
The simple truth is that none of the allegations made by pundits of conspiracy theories ever come true and never will. Many of the theories make good plots for fiction novels or movies, but to accept these ideas, one has to ignore clear evidence that other plots and schemes by government officials have not succeeded and have been uncovered.
Conspiracy theories should not be taken seriously since they deal in speculation and not facts.