The Economist on Conspiracy Theories By James Reed

This week The Economist has a special edition on conspiracy theories, including vax scepticism and the Great Replacement. Of course, the starting point of all of the anti-conspiratorial positions, is that such theories could not be true. And, there is never a balanced, even-handed scientific evaluation of the evidence for them, and the case against the mainstream. Thus, the Great Replacement of whites is taken to be false, even though there are numerous publications by the Left, including Bill Clinton, celebrating it. Biden himself said that the demographic change is occurring. So, it is all a question of whether this demographic change is intentional, a product of policy. And, of course it is, immigration is under government control and is base upon Leftist and globalist ideologies. Hence, there is a conspiracy by definition. That this is not admitted is simply a product of cultural warfare.

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“Most people like to think that conspiracy theories are confined to the margins of society, but they have never been merely peripheral. They are expressions of something important about the cultures from which they emerge. From the Manchester United superfan who believes that covid-19 was engineered by global elites to the 4chan-dwelling adherents of the “Great Replacement” theory, the people who invent and spread conspiracy theories are channelling the preoccupations of the societies in which they live. Three centuries ago Jonathan Swift wrote that “falsehood flies, and the truth comes limping after it; so that when men come to be undeceived, it is too late; the jest is over, and the tale has had its effect.” No-one will ever put an end to such theories—but as our coverage explains, by looking closely at them, and the reasons why some people are so keen to share them, something useful may be learned about real-world anxieties.”

 

 

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