Sunday, October 19, 2014

Conspiracy Theorists Need a Pep Talk

Oh, for the golden age of nutty plots: the drama, the mystery. — Nishant Choksi

Joe Queenan is alarmed at the decline in the quality of conspiracy theories—but at least one theorist gives him hope

By Joe Queenan, WSJ
Oct. 16, 2014 12:31 p.m. ET

Recently, I have experienced grave concerns that conspiracy theorists are losing their touch, that their material is losing its sharp, preposterous edge. For example, last Saturday, while I was wandering through a farmers’ market in rural England, an earnest-looking woman came up and asked me if I cared about injustice. It seemed like a trick question. I said, “Yes, why do you ask?”

“Because at this very moment Big Business and the European Union are having a secret meeting in Brussels, giving global corporations the right to sue our governments for passing laws that damage their profits,” she said. “And a secret trade deal is being negotiated right now between the EU and the U.S.A. that will allow Big Business to do whatever it wants.”

“I don’t think that’s a secret,” I wisecracked. “I think it’s called the capitalist system.”

She could see that I was not a team player, so we didn’t get much further with that conversation. Nor did I make much headway a few minutes later with a very sincere woman who thrust a gaudy flier into my hand, reading “Power to the People!” She too was irate about that secret meeting in Brussels.

(More here.)

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