I was raised on conspiracy theories.
If you do a search on the term you'll see it acquired a derogatory meaning in the 1960's.
It was generally synonymous with "kook" ... later taking on an unpatriotic connotation.
The easiest way to impugn someone's credibility was to accuse them of being a conspiracy theorist.
This lets the accuser off the hook of having to defend their point of view.
Which got kind of boring after awhile.
Some of my favorites ...
When Kruschev was pounding his imaginary shoe on the table at the UN General Assembly in 1960, no one wanted to admit that the reason he put those missiles in Cuba was because he knew we had alien technology from that spaceship that crashed near Roswell, NM.
To really understand who killed JFK you have only to look at who had the most to lose and who had the most to gain.
The French had gotten their asses kicked twice by the Germans and now, after a failed attempt to re-establish themselves as a colonial power in Southeast Asia, they were getting their asses kicked again.
When Kennedy told them, no we're not interested in bailing you guys out a third time ... they offed him.
Or rather they had the military industrial complex off him ... the prize for which was they got to take over the war in Vietnam.
The Endless War meme didn't come till later ... but it can be traced back to the decision to assassinate President John F. Kennedy because he wouldn't get with the program.
Since then, every President has had his war.
And if you don't agree with his reasons, or question the truthfulness of his claims ... then you must be one of them conspiracy theorists.
The Beatles boycott of 1966 was a diversion to try and distract everyone from the growing anti-war movement.
The Satanic element was obvious in the photos and film clips of American teenagers gathered in the night as the flames from piles of burning Beatles records illuminated their antics.
Vinyl was so much fun !
More recently ...
The whole thing with the Hubble telescope and the out of focus mirror.
Gimme a break.
Like I'm supposed to believe that the smartest scientists and engineers in the world could design, build and launch it into space and not check the mirror.
That was obviously the Vatican and their centuries long conspiracy to return us to their pre-Galileo vision of reality with the earth at the center of the cosmos.
Our last presidential campaign was obviously a conspiracy to see how dumb we really were.
We're way past the lesser of two evils here.
This was the New World Order smacking us upside the head and us saying, "Thank you sir, may I have another ?"
The presidential debates were obviously a conspiracy to see whether 2 guys spouting misinformation could be passed off as a legitimate debate.
And we got a whole new cottage industry out of it.
And fact checking of the fact checkers.
Obviuosly a conspiracy to control public discourse ... since no one will be able to proffer a personal opinion without someone shouting, "Show me your documentation !"
I'm currently trying to make the switch from conspiracy theorist to reality based observationalist.
Sticking with the observations, and sharing my interpretations only with those who interpret reality the same way I do.