Petersen says conspiracy theories hurt movementSubmitted by kevinkervick on Tue, 06/26/2012 - 17:47
"The Associate Producer of the FOX Business show Freedom Watch and a powerful advocate for liberty, Austin Petersen, told a raucous crowd at the Porcupine Festival in Lancaster, New Hampshire that he believes the proliferation of conspiracy theories within the ranks of the Liberty Movement might be damaging the movement’s potential. Petersen believes liberty activists are marginalizing themselves by giving naysayers an easy bogeyman. If prominent Libertarians can be painted as paranoid nuts that rely on loose associations and black/white thinking, the entire movement can be rejected as conspiratorial.
This is a critical issue as the Ron Paul Revolution tries to find its legs as a social movement going forward. Will it remain a mainstream reform movement that is grounded in solid intellectual argument or will it become a fringe fad that dies on the vine because it fails to garner broad appeal? Petersen argued persuasively that the tendency of some in the Liberty Movement to gravitate to conspiratorial thinking will relegate the entire movement to permanent fringe status."