The latest Conspiracy Theory.Submitted by Devon_Saunders on Sun, 02/17/2008 - 14:55
You just had to open this topic, didn't you? Just because of those two little words. They are powerful words, indeed. The media has spun them over the years to use them as a quick and easy way to marginalize someone. But what is the real meaning behind those words?
A theory seeking to explain a disputed case or matter as a plot by a secret group or alliance rather than an individual or isolated act.
(The Free Dictionary )
That doesn't sound too bad now, does it? A Theory seeking to explain something done by a secret group or alliance.
Now, we Ron Paul supporters have one thing in common that the majority of people do not... we've taken the blinders off, as it were, to what IS the norm and what SHOULD BE. Otherwise we wouldn't have gotten the message in the first place. Then why do we here at this forum throw the word around so much at each other? Technically, the Federal Reserve Act was a conspiracy.. history has shown that. There are doubtless plenty of other ~conspiracies~ that our government is busy with as I type this.
What then is so wrong with throwing our own theories out there? Keep in mind that on this forum there is a wealth of information being held in the minds of the posters here. Should we not then trade information on this medium to possibly connect some dots?
First and foremost, as the owner of this forum states, the reason that this forum exists is to get Ron Paul elected... failing that to keep our own ~Ron Paul Republican~ ideology going strong, by education and recruiting. So this is not a ~public~ forum, per se. It is private and has a specific mission statement. For that reason alone, we need to probably keep some of the ~mainstream~ conspiracy theories off of this forum.. it hurts the good Doctor's campaign. This I highly agree with.
However, we need to educate as well.. and that means speaking about world affairs, the economy, etc... things that are the REASON why most of us are here.. we know our current deal sucks and we want it fixed. And this is where I am finding that we have a problem.
If you are not aware that something is happening, that does not make it a conspiracy theory. It just means that you are not aware of it. By throwing the words ~conspiracy theory~ at everything that you are not aware of you are not helping the site, the people here, or Ron Paul. You are marginalizing the people posting that have a genuine wish to impart thier thoughts and have them critiqued by thier peers. By throwing those two words around, you are actually doing the media's job for them. An idea can be brought up, examined, researched and then either debunked or deemed worthy of more attention. I've had, for instance, a lot of posts on the Iran Bourse... I personally think that it REALLY bears watching, as it could be a key tipping point for our economy. In going through the seperate threads this morning, it was called a conspiracy theory no less than 19 times. Conspiracy theory?
Then Bloomberg is in on this conspiracy as well.. they seem to think that it is international news that effects the US economy.
The upshot of this post is that if you are not aware of something in a thread, it is not a carte blanche to start throwing the CT words around. If you find it interesting, stop and research it, discuss it with the other people here. If you don't find it interesting, close the thread and keep going. If you find that it is, in your opinion, a waste of database space for this forum, say that, flag it, keep going.
But stop throwing Conspiracy Theory around as an attempt to marginalize an idea. Some of us have different ideas and we are busy connecting dots.