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eomer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-03-08 07:19 AM
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157. Your "conspiracy theories", by which I assume you mean wild and unfounded theories of loonies,
is a construct that would be very useful to a government that wishes to get away with murder and also by people who help them do so, either unwittingly or not. Perhaps you will consider this also a "conspiracy theory", but it appears that there is a pattern of our government (or elements thereof) promoting that very construct of "conspiracy theories" and using it for that very aim of getting away with murder.

When I see that "" version used, it is almost always an attempt to derail a substantive and logical treatment of a particular question by repeatedly ridiculing the very idea of it. Many times this ploy aimed at avoiding meaningful discussion is used in a discussion forum where meaningful discussion is the one and only goal.

Ironically, the only way to distinguish whether a given instance is a conspiracy theory or a "conspiracy theory" is to delve into the facts and logic and ferret it out. So the "conspiracy theory" construct has no value in the discussion; it only serves to distract from and delay the real work of getting down to the question.

The theory in the original post is not so obviously in the former of your two categories (if I correctly get your meaning). The evidence for it is all circumstantial. It sounds pretty plausible to me but it is not different, really, from many of the other theories that are typically attacked with the "conspiracy theory" meme.

I don't know which theories you mean to attack and slur -- maybe they are the same theories that I might also find loony, maybe not. But I urge you, if you are a person of good will, to not use this construct or at least to use it very sparingly and reluctantly because it is the enemy of meaningful discussion and you are in a discussion forum. A much more helpful and good neighborly approach in a discussion forum is to attack theories with facts and logic.

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