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Anarcho-Socialist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-08-07 09:30 AM
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205. When conspiracism meets dialectics
The dialectic can be a useful analytical tool but unfortunately conspiracist thinkers tend to really mangle the whole thing.

Despite the OP's protestations of not being a "conspiracy theory", it is a conspiracy theory. Philosophical development is a fluid process of debate, and new philosophies are not pulled out of thin air by intellectual lites.

Libertarianism is not a conspiracy-produced ideology from the 1930s, its roots lie much further back. Right-libertarianism owes its roots to Edmund Burke, classical liberalism, and 19th Century radical liberalism. Left-libertarianism's roots lie in 1820-1830s Europe with Chartism and other utopian socialist movements. The OP completely ignores the historical development of these philosophies.

The OP is seemingly written from a Marxist perspective, but Marxist analysis is not thoroughly applied. The complexity of class struggle, theory of labour, and power-knowledge are thrown off the boat in favour of a binary 'conspirator/the rest' process that supposedly directs history. This type of false dichotomy is what drives conspiracy theory thought and leads its followers to erroneous and simplistic conclusions.
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