>dismissing "conspiracy theorists" as crackpots is precisely
>what the corporate media and the government "spokespersons" -- the hired
>professional liars -- do in their efforts to legitimize the totally
>illegitimate dominant power structures.
Right on Geo.
It's an odd fad of the last few decades to sneer at any hint of
conspiracy, as tho' all conspiracies are known to be now extinct and
therefore any suggestion of a conspiracy operating these days must
automatically be false. This fad is very widespread & influential.
The generally dubious Sagan rose above himself in the section on
this topic in his The Dragons of Eden (1978 I think). He said that in
times of political ferment conspiracies are observed to occur - more of
the right than of the left, to judge by recent USA experience, he bravely
An example he then cited was the first USA Secretary of Defense,
James Forrestal, who was committed as insane on account of his persistent
belief that he was being followed everywhere by agents. He went to his
death out a 9th-floor window of Walter Reed Army Hospital, in somewhat
mysterious circumstances. It was soon afterwards found that he had indeed
been followed everywhere by Israeli agents (who feared he might attempt
secret agreements with Arab agents). Sagan coyly adds that Forrestal had
'other problems', but his mental health was not aided by the
characterisation of his valid perceptions as insane.
Then Sagan's amusing punchline: a psychiatrist friend of his was
wont to quip at dinner parties "in America today, if you're not a little
paranoid you're out of your mind".
It is ridiculous to insinuate that no conspiracies now occur.
Anybody who pulls this stunt is at least grossly ignorant - or worse.