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“Will the Paranoids Please Raise Their Hands?”

When one dares to dig beneath the surface of governmental programs to reveal undisclosed purposes, he or she is usually met with charges of being a “paranoid” defender of “conspiracy theories”. More often than not, such an accusation silences the questioner, as it is designed to do. I long ago came to the conclusion that those who chastise others for spouting “conspiracy theories” tend to do so because they don’t want the implications of their own schemes revealed to the public. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” intoned the Wizard of Oz, an admonition designed to intimidate the inquisitive into silence.

I, for one, gladly admit to the embracing of any conspiracy theory for which there is credible evidence. But those who condemn me for my views never seem interested in examining the evidence, their purposes being more to prevent the raising of discomforting questions. Having read a good deal of history over the years, I ask my critics to account for the countless foreign intrigues, plots, assassinations, alliances, and other cabals that have been at the heart of so much of the history of the world. Do Shakespeare’s tragedies – almost all of which are grounded in conspiracies of one kind or another – have nothing to teach us about the machinations of human behavior?

A Jewish acquaintance once criticized me for my views, adding “there are no conspiracies.” “May I quote you on that?” I asked. He could not understand my purpose in wanting to do so, so I told him: “because it’s not often one hears Jewish people denying the Nazi Holocaust the way you just did.” After advising him that the Nazi Holocaust requires a conspiracy of German government officials, he was prepared to modify his statement to allow for the kinds of conspiracies that he believed in.

One of my colleagues, who teaches antitrust law, attacked me for defending even the idea of “conspiracies”, until I asked him if he intended to reduce his course from three units to one. “Since so much of antitrust law consists of ‘conspiracies’ to restrain trade, or fix prices, or divide up markets, or monopolize an industry, or engage in such more subtle ‘conspiracies’ as ‘conscious parallelism’, I assume that, since you do not believe in conspiracies, you will take the lead in condemning such specious theories.”

Conspiracy theories abound in our society, and are widely accepted…provided you are identifying the “politically correct” conspiracy. World War II was conducted, in part, on the premise that the so-called “Axis Powers” were conspiring to take over the world. But if one tries to offer evidence that FDR secretly manipulated the Japanese into an attack on Pearl Harbor in order to serve his political agenda, the “anti-conspiracy league” quickly appears to attack not the evidence, but the state of mind of the accuser. When World War II ended, the “international communist conspiracy” was hurriedly rushed onstage to justify the commitment of trillions of dollars of wealth and hundreds of thousands of lives to fight a “Cold War”. When the “Cold War” critics began to speak and write about how this campaign was designed to serve American corporate-state interests at the expense of the American people, the “anti-conspiracy league” was again called into action.

For those who are paying attention, the incongruity of the critics of conspiracy theories should be apparent. “We are busy conducting wars against sinister foreign conspiracies,” they might argue, “and anyone who suggests that we might be engaged in conspiracies of our own, are ‘paranoids.’” “They” conspire, in other words, but “we” do not. A childishly simple explanation for consumption by childishly simple minds.

“Paranoia” consists not in a fear of others, but in a baseless fear. Would one regard a Jew, in Nazi Germany, as “paranoid,” because he thought the government was out to do him harm? If so, how would we characterize the state of mind of another Jew, similarly located, who did not see any threat from his government? When one further considers how preoccupied government officials are with protecting themselves from those they imagine themselves to represent – to the point of routinely having bomb-sniffing dogs, armed security guards, and military helicopters and soldiers accompany their public appearances – it should be asked: just who is being “paranoid”?

It is interesting to observe the psychological projection that takes place in such dynamics. The defenders of statism attack their critics as “paranoids” while, at the same time, fostering an endless supply of “enemies” against whom they promise us protection! Politics thrives on the mobilization of the fear of others. President Bush’s unilateral declaration of a permanent war against the rest of the world can only be premised upon the most paranoid assumption that everyone else is involved in a conspiracy against American interests!

It has always been comforting to most people to imagine, albeit unconsciously, that the “dark side” of their personality – i.e., the capacity for violence, dishonesty, bigotry, etc. – can be severed from themselves and projected onto others, against whom punitive action can then be taken. All that occurs in such behavior, of course, is the punishment of the others who stand in as scapegoats for the feared shortcomings of those engaged in projecting. This kind of thinking has produced the [then] current Bush-induced mindset that when America bombs other countries – killing innocent men, women, and children in the process – it is a force for “good” defending “freedom”. When these other countries retaliate for such attacks – killing innocent men, women, and children in so doing – they represent the forces of “evil” engaged in “terrorism”. That grown men and women can internalize this kind of playground logic, particularly when the consequences are so deadly, is indeed frightening.

This war – whose name is ever-changing – has moved far beyond simple retaliation against those responsible for attacking the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on September 11th. It has become more of a self-righteous “holy crusade” against nations that are unprepared to acknowledge America as the rightful ruler of the entire world. Neo-conservative zealots have exploited the September 11th tragedy to pursue a much broader agenda of American hegemony. It is no longer sufficient to track down the perpetrators of that attack, the war must be expanded to include nations whose identities seem to have been selected from someone’s Rolodex file of place-names! “Who shall we attack next?” has been the operative question around Washington. After months of bombing Afghanistan, President Bush was quick to declare an “Axis of Evil” as the broader enemy, suggesting that North Korea, Iraq, and Iran were engaged in some conspiracy, apparently of satanic dimensions, against America. Soon, new candidates were offered up for public consumption: the Philippines, Indonesia, Somalia, Sudan, Colombia, and perhaps other Middle Eastern or African nations. The candidates for inclusion on this list may include anyone unprepared to genuflect before American interests. (The list will presumably not include China, which would likely offer deadly resistance.)

Let us suppose that some criminal has engaged in a violent attack upon your Uncle Willie’s home. Let us suppose, further, that Willie has undertaken a campaign to discover – and bring to account – the perpetrators of this offense. This would be a perfectly rational response on his part, for which the rest of us would likely lend our support. But suppose that Willie goes further than this and, not being able to discover the criminal, begins going through his neighborhood shooting anyone about whom he has become suspicious, or against whom he has long harbored a grudge. Would your response be to jump on his bandwagon and assist his undertaking, or would you want him confined to some facility that could provide him with a whole lot of couch time?

It is time for sane men and women to put down their flags and begin to recognize the current war-mania not simply as a misguided adventure, but as the collective psychopathic disorder that it has become. When those in power tell us that they are engaged in an endless war against endless enemies, it is time to say “Enough!” We have a responsibility to maintain the conditions upon which life may flourish on this planet, not to follow the madness of those who have no greater vision than to commit all of mankind to a state of universal and eternal warfare in furtherance of their delusions. It is time for intelligence and human decency to transcend the frenzied jingoism now prevailing upon the land, and for intellectual honesty to expose the schemes of those who conspire against life itself.


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Was there an American conspiracy to bring Japan in to WWII ?

I don't know if it was American exclusively . It was the same group financing the Axis . The fact is war is a racket & it always has been . No country can afford war. So they "must " go into debt to bankers ( or the money changers , the Red Shield) . Once a nation is indebted to these Shylocks( as was the point of fomenting war) the bankers get to set fiscal policies for said nations and they establish central banks through which they fleece the populace. Would it surprise anyone to learn that our Federal Income Tax was established as a temporary( 2 yrs tops) to pay Red Shield bankers for our WWI debt. Is this a conspiracy ? You bet it is . Is it a theory? Or are these verifiable concrete facts? No , really , I am asking a question.

Aaron Russo, Nikola Tesla, Ron Paul, I'm jus' sayin'

Very interesting read. Dont

Very interesting read. Dont have time to finish it now but Im looking forward to it.

*Raises Hand*

Though I would say that I have calmed down a bit, the last several months.

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But if I raise my hand

people might see where I am.

Yeah, they'd LIKE us to do that wouldn't they?


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allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

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I DO NOT support these endless wars!

its 'cos I owe ya, my young friend...
Rockin' the FREE world in Tennessee since 1957!
9/11 Truth.

George Carlin On Conspiracies


"Bipartisan: both parties acting in concert to put both of their hands in your pocket."-Rothbard

Thanks Jefferson

Everything should be questioned. Without a question there will never be an answer. No harm can be done with questions.

If I disappear from a discussion please forgive me. My 24-7 business requires me to split mid-sentence to serve them. I am not ducking out, I will be back later to catch up.

The Phrase Itself is a Trap . .

If someone were to ask "Do you believe conspiracy theories ?" it would be best to ask them as to what they were specifically referring.

There are subjects which get right to the heart of the attack on liberties which we experience today. . . including the history & nature of the Federal Reserve and the justification for the security state found in America. All topics shouldn't be lumped together in a single category.

The phrase is used to cut off investigation and thinking. Its used to attack the speaker. Do not reject an idea because some have used that label, and do not accept it just because some have used that label.

What will happen if i do?

Besides, if it looks like a move toward tyranny, fascism, or totalitarianism, it speaks like it, and advances like it....DYOC.

"Hence, naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like the bureaucracy of a police state or the office of a thoroughly nasty business concern." ~~C.S. Lewis
Love won! Deliverance from Tyranny is on the way! Col. 2:13-15

Everybody's hands go UP... and they stay there!


“Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they aren't after you”
― Joseph Heller, Catch-22

Hand raised.

But are you saying the Axis powers weren't trying to take over the world? And are you saying there isn't/never was an international communist CONSPIRACY? Because that's one of the ones I believe in. Along with the one where Nazis tried conquering the globe.

Are you a POT or a PET - Person Embracing Tyranny?

Conspiracy theory

That the Dailypaul is being infiltrated by govt. agents spreading and encouraging conspiracy theories in order to discredit the movement.

My proof: Every single major conspiracy theory from 9/11 to alien coverups has found its home here in what was essentially a website for political information and activism...

The movement HAS suffered bad press due to these affiliations...

Conspiracy theories are great exercises in divergent thinking, but when you realize that almost anything can be put down to a conspiracy by your special bogeyman whether it be aliens or the gov't or Israel or the terrorists or the freemasons, you realize that your ability to read patterns can be your biggest weakness as well as your biggest strength...

So based on judgement I would conclude that my conclusions above are unfalsifiable. If they are unfalsifiable then that means that they hold very little informational/ argumentative value...


You're right, it does give libertarianism a bad name to have these "ear lobe analysis" bullcrap vids and posts. These guys have to be joking.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Quiet Down, YOU.

You NincomF*CKINpoop.

This website and this movement are about FREEDOM and EXPOSING those who subvert it AND the constitution.

9/11 was a false flag.
Aurora CO - movie theater: false.
7/7 in London: False
Boston Marathon: Nope.
Sandy HOAX.

These are very relevant to this website dedicated to A CONSTITUTIONAL GOVERNMENT.

Looks like you need an Education:
Research the Bush Family JFK Assassination Documentary called "Dark Legacy".

Research the Bush, Clinton, Obama, Cheney family relationship they all share.

The lying media outlets (proven time and again on this site) are pushing for the other family member to run the White House: Hillary.

Can't you smell that foul scent of corruption?
It's so OLD.
Dark Legacy - JFK -- get some knowledge.

Just because I'm paranoid...

Doesn't mean they're not out to get me!

Exercise Liberty!

America Rising.
The Constitution Stands.

"That the pen is mightier than the sword would be proven false; if I should take my sword and cut off the hand that holds the pen" - American Nomad

It's become a great conversational weapon

I love it. "Do you believe in conspiracy theories?"


Bam, they are off on some rant, yada yada yada, giving you every tell in the book and I just kick back and let them run on uninterrupted.

Finally they stop for breath and it occurs to them to ask "what conspiracy theories do you believe in?"

And I reply "I believe in conspiracy theories to the extent that they exist and certain people believe in them."

Silence usually follows. And it works almost every time. See the simple trick here is you make it plain to that person that they are talking to and about themselves. That and the bonus that their rant was probably packed with enough contradictions to destroy them one piece at a time over the next few hours of slow-roasting agony.

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Do YOU Believe the Government Stories ? (VIDEOS)

If you do... This should convince you, and ANYONE else, that these false flags are a reality:

1 Actor, 4 Different "Events"


How would your Jewish friend or any other rational human deny this FACT now ?

And About Alex Jones' deceptive Info War -- Will you ever listen to him again after this:



This first vid shows five distinctly different women. Other than some shade of brown hair and the fact that they wear glasses, there is no resemblance, either visually or in the way they talk or act. You're as lame and wacked out as that goldbug guy if you posted this seriously, and not in jest. Great, now I know that someone who is obviously insane or a kook or a disinfo agent brought here to make Paulites look ridiculous is trolling me; I now know who is criticizing me. Go home.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

LOOK! 'extra crispy' CHANGED HIS NAME...

to 'crown victoria'

Please explain why you changed your name. Could it be that i've pointed out your OBVIOUS SHILLING in a few different posts ?


You're HILARIOUSLY easy to spot.

Youre a foo

I change my name frequently and leaving it at extra crispy for a couple of weeks was an anomaly.

You're high from huffing paint. If you keep doing that, the brain damage can be permanent!

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Ralph & Extra Crispy: Trollin' for Tyranny (VIDEOOOOOS)

Do either of you two have souls ?

Edward Snowden woke up --
Bradley Manning manned up --

When will one of you guys SACK UP ?

Yes that's the same woman, but as PRETENDER RALPH down below suggests: cnn just hires some people --- yeah watch the SANDY HOOK DOCUMENTARY b e l o w you'll see an entire CAST of people who are also INVOLVED AS PRETEND-VICTIMS.

By the way.....
That woman:

Put your finger b/w her eyes @ top of her nose bridge, move down - exactly when your finger is above her nostril the bridge of her nose smushes downward.
Her nostril area is pudgy and round
Her mouth has a downward slant
She has an underbite
Her earlobes are distinct.
She has strange slitty eyes - there's lots of space in her eye socket area -- look how she tries to wear her glasses at different levels on her nose to distract from her slitty, distinct eyes.

Want to see MORE ACTORS ?

Sandy Hook:


LAX / 9/11:
Similar Neck-to-Chest shape --


the best thing for libertarianism

would be for kooks like you to turn democrat!*

* If you're not already.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Actually. It is the same woman.

CNN hires them on their stories. CNN has been famous for all sorts of crap like this. Amber Lyon can tell tales. The famous green screen war correspondent.

It does not actually mean the crimes did not happen. It just means CNN is desperate to fill time with 'interesting' bystanders and think stupid viewers won't notice. But some of us paranoid conspiracy theorists analyze EVERYTHING and find this stuff.

ok prove it

what proof do you have that 1) the media widespread uses paid actors pretending to be victims and witnesses of major national/international stories 2) taht CNN does so 3) that this woman is that?

The funniest picture was the fifth one - they found someone who looks nothing like the other four, has much darker skin, is obviously south american, who even works for the fricking brazilian government...but because you blind folk see she has the same name and brown hair, conclude it's the same woman as in the first video.

That woman in the first picture in particular looks nothing like the other four. Her face shape is entirely different. In other words, you're nuts, whether you're goldbug dude or a shill for him or someone sent here to make us look nuts. Just go away.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein


It's obvious 'extra crispy' - that you didn't watch any of the youtube videos I posted about

Alex Misdirection Jones

And if you can't see that that's the same woman above (Adriana Victoria Munoz) - then you have NO BUSINESS engaging an adult on this topic.

Go back to your coloring books.

I wonder if your "handlers" find out that a shill is too dumb to do it that they just get picked to be a patsy for one of the upcoming false flags.

I called it -- that Anonymous was full of shit when they said "prepare for a possible attack, they're doing a drill" --- now i know anonymous is without question part of the disinformation campaign.

Just for people who care...

oooh you must be the guy with the answers

because you said one internet conspiracy hoax was just that. The problem is you are elbow deep in several other internet conspiracy hoaxes and are as dumb as they can get when it comes to discernment. And that is being nice. Your other option is you are a disinfo shill here to make paulites look ridiculous, like you.

"Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the the universe."-- Albert Einstein

Just to address the CNN issue


This information in the link above is so damning I believe it is criminal activity on the part of CNN.



We are all under duress to pay to be brainwashed by our "government".

I am not taking a position on anything else here.

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