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The Virtual Conspiracy

“Is there a Conspiracy?” That is the question that plagues so many intelligent, concerned people today. As we see our once proud nation brought to its knees economically, as we see our soldiers being butchered at the hands of phantom enemies, as we see our liberties being eroded daily, as we stand by helplessly watching our elected leaders betray our interests; it seems a question that is inescapable.
“Is there a Conspiracy?”

The question may take different forms and certainly has many objects of interest. It may be asked regarding international banking, the events of 9/11, mainstream media bias, global-warming, assassination, electric cars, and on and on Ad infinitum. But throughout all of these controversies and mysteries what remains consistent is the fact that the problems which prompted the question in the first place get placed on the back burner, sometimes indefinitely.

Well-intentioned people stop looking for solutions to problems and start looking instead for people to blame. If they detect the scent of a conspiracy, they become obsessed with identifying the conspirators and then uncovering evidence to convince others of their theories. “The truth is out there” becomes the siren song leading them down bewildering paths of confusion and obfuscation. One can hardly blame them. Popular culture, novels and movies all encourage us to believe that if we can only find that one elusive clue, that crucial piece of the puzzle, the “smoking gun”; then and only then will Truth and Justice prevail. In our zeal we even turn on one another; competing and debating in the hope that we will be able to batter the world, and each other, into agreeing with our theories.

As a recovering paranoid I would like to share the wisdom I have attained concerning the nature of conspiracy in the hope of allowing at least some of you to avoid “hitting bottom”. Brothers and sisters, I am here to set you free! I will explain how there can be a secret global conspiracy, bent on world domination, that is totally invisible and, in a conventional sense, impregnable. But I will also tell you how we can fight it and eventually regain our freedom!

The answer to the question, “Is there a conspiracy?” is a resounding, “Yes!” There, wasn’t that easy? And now you may go on with your life. What, you say, that isn’t good enough? You need to know who is behind the shadow empire? You need to expose their corrupt cabal for what it is? You need to know what they knew and when they knew it? You need to bring the guilty parties to justice?

Actually what you need is to read “The Illuminatus! Trilogy” by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson. This circa 1970 masterpiece of psychedelic, satirical fiction ties scores of conspiracies (from “who killed Kennedy” to the “23 synchronicity principle”) into a grand tapestry of drugs, sex, historical fact, myth, and confusion. For page after page the authors lead the reader through an endless, serpentine maze, leaving a trail of “tantalizingly almost relevancies” as clues and, ultimately, leaving the reader breathlessly awaiting a resolution that never comes. This is high art (pun intended) that mirrors the “real world” without trying to explain it. One of the “lessons “ of the trilogy is that not only is the struggle by honest people to discover the truth behind the conspiracy futile, it is an essential part of the conspiracy! When conspiracy theorists, or people posing as conspiracy theorists, fail to turn up compelling evidence for their pet theory, or, even worse, make accusations or assertions that later turn out to be demonstrably false, they play into the hands of the conspirators. Not only have they wasted their time, they have undermined the credibility of anyone who agrees with them, anyone they agree with, or anyone that is working to find a solution to the problems created by the conspiracy.

I know that this last part is a little less obvious, but please bear with me. “Divide and conquer” is the essential strategy of all unholy conspiracies. An often unrecognized fact is that most people are basically good. A corollary is that bad people are always outnumbered and continually run the risk of being ganged up on and defeated by sheer numbers. I think this is the main attraction for conspiracy theorists. We feel that if only we could expose these vermin for what they are, the public would rise up and get rid of them once and for all. It is a very seductive thought but one that sadly has never seemed to work. Watergate brought down a president, his administration, and even sent some of his cronies and co-conspirators to prison. The poisonous legacies of President Nixon (and his puppet-masters) live on, however, continuing to undermine the Republic: the Federal Reserve Note, unquestioned legitimacy of the undeclared war, deficit spending, a “moderate” Republican Party. We won the battle and lost the war.

In answering a question about conspiracy, presidential candidate Ron Paul, gave a very cogent response. To paraphrase, there is no secret conspiracy, the groups that people associate with conspiracy (Council on Foreign Relations, for example) do exist and they do believe and promote ideas that undermine American sovereignty. Also they do and are creating institutions and passing laws to incrementally move America, and the world, toward their vision of an all-powerful global government. Some see his answer as an evasion. On the contrary, his answer was a simple statement of facts. He then quickly and legitimately focused on the real question, whose side are we on? Of these competing philosophies and ideologies, of these visions of the future, which do “We the People” choose?

So in answer to the question, “Is there a conspiracy?” I must answer, “Of course not.” How could there be a global conspiracy that spans decades and involves thousands of people without leaving an obvious trail of evidence? Is every news commentator in on the deal? If so, when are they inducted into the inner circle? And what could keep all of them, every last one of them, from ever telling the truth? Even if one confines the question to just the United States, the theories become grotesquely complicated. Where does it stop? Where does it begin? How are people recruited? How are they kept from defecting? How are they silenced if they do? Are all political party officials in on the conspiracy? Does that include John from down the street who chairs the county committee? Does it include all politicians? How about the city councilman, state legislator, our congressman, senator, every president? Isn’t it easier to believe that George Bush, and every president since Howard Taft, is simply stupid, greedy, or short-sighted? Such a sweeping Conspiracy theory is obviously ridiculous. It is simply impossible.

So to return to the question, “Is there a conspiracy?” Yes, Virginia, there is a conspiracy. There are people in this world who wield money and political power to further their own ends. They do so in secret, when it serves their ends, or, more usually, hide in plain sight. They are very adept at covering their trail and have almost infinite financial resources to do so. Their relationships, meetings, organizations, and even policy papers have been well documented. But you will never be able prove that a conspiracy exists, because there is no fact or piece of evidence so compelling that it will convince the public at large. There will never be a “smoking gun” because there will never be a defection by anyone in a position of true leadership. But that still does not explain how the conspiracy could extend its power so deeply into our society without tipping its hand.

As an answer to this paradox, I would propose the theory of the “virtual conspiracy”. The sad truth is that there is “none so blind as he that will not see”. And it is just too painful for most of us to believe that the men and women we have trusted as our leaders are either co-conspirators or witless tools in the hands of malevolent powers. Add to this the fact that those who have wrested control of the news media and public education have attained control over the only weapons we have to liberate ourselves; language and information. George Orwell described the process quite eloquently in his classic novel, 1984. By controlling and degrading the language, the tyrannical masters of his dystopia were able to insure their power forever. By substituting the truncated language “Newspeak” for English, they established a world in which words such as “liberty”, “freedom”, and “rebellion” no longer existed. Without the words, the concepts which they represented disappeared from thought. In the world of 1984, “revolution” was, quite literally, unthinkable.

How does that apply to our world? “They” do not have to bribe or coerce their minions into obedience. They do not have to worry about secret contracts that could be uncovered or loyalties that could switch. By the time a journalist, economist, lawyer, or politician has risen through the ranks he or she has already been transformed into an intellectual eunuch. Not stupid, oh no. These are intelligent, well-mannered, educated, and sophisticated zombies. They “know” that certain things are true, and are contemptuous of those who do not share their “enlightened” world view. For example, they pity the unwashed masses that do not understand why a nine trillion dollar debt is nothing to worry about because it is such a small percentage of the Gross Domestic Product. They smile knowingly and shake their heads at the ignorant peasants that don’t realize the dangers inherent in a currency backed by precious metals, or that fail to see the benefits of losing their jobs to Chinese peasants. They can only look on with pity at those who do not see the benefits of helping humanity finally transcend these barbarous loyalties to nations, ethnic groups, or family.

The Conspiracy is even more insidious, however. Membership in the virtual conspiracy is not absolute, it is relative. Almost anyone can be a member of the virtual conspiracy to some degree or even on some occasions. For example, when I use the term “letter carrier” instead of the “sexist” word, “mailman”, I am promoting the idea that our gender neutral society is somehow superior to the one in which I was raised. It implies that we have “advanced” to the point where a male is no longer the assumed breadwinner. I am doing my small part to erase from our collective consciousness the time when a husband and a father were not only an essential part of the family, but were also capable of supporting a family with a single income. In using the euphemisms of politically-correct speech, instead of the more straightforward, accurate, or archaic terms that have been expunged from “polite” language, I am encouraging the mind numbing effects of the Conspiracy’s Newspeak. It may have been a slip of the tongue on my part, or, more likely, I may have made a conscious decision to avoid the hassle and controversy associated with speaking plainly or honestly. Nevertheless, I have reinforced (in the mind of my reader or listener) the prohibition against logical thought in proscribed areas. I have tacitly admitted certain assumptions about history and our society that have become the secular religion. I have become a tool of the Conspiracy.

So, finally, the boundaries between the witless tool of the conspiracy and a true puppet master become blurred. The distinctions, for practical purposes, become meaningless. The true conspirators, the “inner circle”, must be pleased to see the “paranoid” conspiracy theorists charging across the political landscape, accusing one hapless victim after another. Like the bull charging after the cape of the matador, they become exhausted, discredited, and eventually humiliated. Simultaneously, they antagonize and discredit both themselves and their potential allies. Anyone observing this spectacle is unlikely to feel anything but pity or contempt for the “bull”. Such a scenario works so well to the conspirator’s ends that if the conspiracy theorists did not exist , the conspirators would be compelled to create them!

Faced with such a daunting foe, what then are we to do? Well, we can stop wasting our time and energy attempting the impossible. As sensible and attractive as it is to “Know thy enemy”, we need to set our priorities and pick our battles. We do NOT need to be able to define and describe in detail the workings or members of the virtual conspiracy. We do not need to determine who knew what and when they knew it. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and looks like a duck; IT’S A DUCK!

I propose that we approach the Conspiracy with a technique called “reverse engineering”. Software developers, given the exact specifications for what a program will do, can produce another program that will reproduce its behavior exactly. In the end, it does not matter if every line of code is identical. If it looks like a duck, it’s a duck. And for our purposes, I propose that we can do the same with the Conspiracy. We need to observe “it” and the behavior of all relevant players in light of the competing goals of individual liberty and global fascism. If someone or something moves our nation or world toward slavery it ultimately does not matter if they are consciously evil or simply stupid; “they” are part of the virtual Conspiracy. With enough data we can produce an intellectual model, a replica that will allow us to predict “its” behavior and fight it at every turn.

If the forces of evil are using the events of 9/11 to undermine our personal liberties, bankrupt our nation, and destroy the middle-class; do we REALLY need to know whether the Conspiracy caused it to happen, let it happen, or is just taking advantage of a serendipitous event? Can we not vigorously oppose all of these developments on their merits? Do we really want to make our cooperation with other like-minded patriots contingent on their agreeing with our interpretation of a grainy video of an imploding skyscraper?

If John McCain has been known to make critical votes to undermine the sovereignty of America, supports endless wars of aggression that bankrupt our nation and if he attacks and smears those who would defend our liberty; do we REALLY need to show that he is a member of the Bilderberg Group?

If Barack Obama perpetuates the worst policies of his Republican predecessor, assassinates U.S. citizens without a trial, and consistently promotes a New World Order of global fascism, does it REALLY matter where he was born?

We do not need to document secret oaths, laundered money in offshore accounts, Masonic rituals, or black helicopters. We do not need to become super sleuths, prosecuting attorneys, polygraph operators, or forensic demolition experts. If it looks like a “duck”.... we need to get a better “shotgun”.

We should all strive to become better educators, authors, organizers, recruiters, and, yes, politicians. We do need to realize that we are all tainted by the virtual conspiracy, but that very few of us are consciously working to further its ends. We do need to become masters of discerning the policies, practices, and rhetoric that move us away from liberty. We do need to become relentless at exposing these things to public scrutiny. And when enough of us have done our homework, networked, and paid our political dues; it will become obvious who we can trust, and to what degree.

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For relevance, considering the current "Bilderbirther" controversy.

The Virtual Conspiracy

One of the Best of the Best

Thanks to Liberty Belle, I read this wonderful piece for the umpteenth time again last night. This should be required reading for all newcomers to Daily Paul.

Read this carefully.

A must read, IMO!

Hey RealDeal! Yes, this is one I read again every now and then as a reminder to myself. Great for newcomers (and old timers like us too!) to read and contemplate.

Good to see you! Hope all is well in your neck of the woods! ;-)


"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

Can someone explain....

...why it says that this post was "Updated" 4 minutes and 46 seconds ago?

Just curious, since as the OP I know I didn't update it.
How does the "update" notification work on DP?




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Hi Space~Bueller here!

I wanted to give this a bump today and the post was locked so I asked Mr. Nystrom to consider unlocking it! Thank you Space for writing it..it bears a reminder now and then for everyone ( myself included!) Also, there are newer members and visitors that will benefit from your words!

Thanks Michael for unlocking it! ;-)

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd


I didn't realize that there was such a thing as "locked".
Does that happen automatically after a post reaches a certain age or hasn't been updated for a certain length of time?

If so I might consider updating some of my favorite old posts.

And thanks again for your kind words regarding my prose.

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There was some kind of forum update.

That caused all threads older than a certain date to be locked so no more replies could be made to them.

The only one that can fix the threads is Michael as far as I know.

“Won't You Turn Your Head Once More …”

It’s Classic.

This is one of the most sensible posts ever on DailyPaul, written by one of the most thoughtful members on this forum.

I have often commended it as required reading applicable to many contexts within the scope of our concern. When I returned from being away a few days and noticed it had been updated and not yet bumped with an underscore I take this occasion to thank you, Spacehabitats, for your eloquent insight and I plug it once more for all you sleuths, scholars, debunkers, tools, young turks and rag-ass renegades.

BTW, I also recommend a spoonful of virtual surreality to help the bitter/sweet purple pill of truth go down. No doubt, we each, will continue to go down paths and rabbit holes on our individual Grail Quests, but, perhaps, less breathlessly.;-)


May Spacehabitat’s ‘Illumination’ help us each keep it in perspective.

Spacehabitats - This is still my favorite post!

Please read this above post by spacehabitiats...several times.. at least! I have this one saved "for clarity"!

"We do not need to document secret oaths, laundered money in offshore accounts, Masonic rituals, or black helicopters. We do not need to become super sleuths, prosecuting attorneys, polygraph operators, or forensic demolition experts. If it looks like a “duck”.... we need to get a better “shotgun”."

"Thomas Jefferson is rolling in his grave fast enough to be a new source of energy independence."~ samthurston


"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

And thanks again.

I think I will continue to revive this post from time to time.
It seems to continue to be relevant.

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we all know

WE are beyond seeking, knowing, educating, sleuthing, predicting & all this hype. The populous is not as dumb as everyone illudes.
WHAT are we going to do about the criminals............................PLAN

I do not believe we are beyond educating, or learning....

I certainly hope that we can all learn more, even if it does seem overwhelming.

"When all pretense and play-acting by the Conspiracy ends, then we know that the war of words is over and that liberty must again be purchased at the price of blood. But anyone who gives up while education is still possible, and while truth is still available, will forfeit a priceless opportunity to save lives and to secure liberty."

There are excellent references for those of us that would like to learn more about the human/institutional manifestations of the virtual Conspiracy.

"Organize for Victory" by our friends at the Freedom First Society is a good book.
"The Insiders" (from the JBS) is another.

The important thing is that we do NOT need to waste our time speculating about whether this or that particular event or person is part of the Conspiracy when we have so many well-documented and obvious manifestations all around us that we can and should be fighting.

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unholy conspiracy

Right on NsurGnt, The conspiracy began in the heavens before our time.
Spacehabits did use the definition ,UNHOLY. While I vow to myself to fight till death, I still understand that some things are purposed & they WILL be brought to be ,BUT NOT by the evil one who rules THIS world right now



All this talk of conspiracy

And not one mention of the bible on the subject of conspiracy. I think you are conspiring to keep it a secret from those who want to know how deep the rabbit hole goes. Check out a book called "The Unseen Hand" by Ralph Epperson. One of the best books out about the conspiritorial view of history. If you havent read it your missing a whole lot 644 pages chocked full of things you should know.

No secret there....

I agree personally that the Conspiracy did begin in our premortal existence.

And if there is a better definition of Evil than the virtual Conspiracy, I have not heard it.

However, for the benefit of our agnostic brothers and sisters, I do not feel the need to bring up my personal spiritual beliefs.

"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

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Bump for conspiracy thread

Are conspiracies right? Yes!
Are conspiracies wrong? Yes!

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Bump for Liberty

The Real Change

“We went to change Washington, and Washington changed us” - McCain

“Washington didn’t change me.” - Ron Paul

Wow! Thought this would have made it to the front page by now.

The DP needs more threads discussing strategy and the best ways to recruit new people to the CFL. There is very limited discussions on the proper way to go about that recruitment.

bump! made it to front page by now

Thanks for the read! I spend so much time trying to find out the truth and facts for myself that it makes my headspin. I"m a Grandmother of 9 and I worry for there future. I"v always loved History but never connected the dots, and felt that something wasnt right. Thank to Doc Paul my eyes are WIDE OPEN.

Suggested reading

My mother had the same feeling until recently.
Then she read the book, "Organize For Victory" written by the guys at Freedom First Society.

I know its hard to believe (since I link to their website in my signature), but I'm not even a member of FFS. I just think they have written a must read book that outlines the historical facts that trace the core Conspiracy over the last century.

It gives a terrific summary that is interesting and easy reading.

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horatiusatthegate, Thank You

And I agree that we should have more discussion about strategy/recruitment.
There was a helpful video on YouTube "Selling Liberty" (?), I think.
I had a lively discussion with my father-in-law last night about the Conspiracy and his organization's approach to recruitment.

Although he agrees with most of what I have said about the "Virtual" aspects of the Conspiracy, we still disagree on what constitutes a "tangent" and what themes are core issues for the liberty movement.

For example, he feels that it is not enough to point out that the Conspiracy is using "Global Warming" as an excuse for promoting the New World Order and that the science is inconclusive.

He feels that we MUST prove that it is a complete hoax fabricated by the Conspiracy.

Hinging our credibility on such controversial and technical issues I think is a mistake.


Because people (the man in the street, not just weather scientists) can look at the issue with an open mind and still come away unconvinced that it is a hoax. IMHO to alienate these people from the freedom movement is unnecessary and nonproductive.

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I have great respect, and admiration for your father in law (if it's who I think it is (Don?). I feel he has a very deep understanding of the conspiracy, as well as proven leadership in these areas. with that said, I agree with you on their recruitment approach (I wish they were more aggressive).


We live in polarity/duality

It really is one of the most powerful forces in our reality.


Now for the fun part.

In the 40's it was Ford and GM
In the 60's it was McDonald's and Burger king
It was always Coke and Pepsi

It's a fun game to play with the kids....try it!

You cannot step away from polarity...it is in you and it is in everything.
You got testosterone you got estrogen...live with it.

You got public.....you got private.

Now for the application of this most prevalent of factors in our reality to the subject of this thread.

The dark conspiracy! The all binding master plan! One world under one man! No freedom! No individuality! Deep, dark and evil! So clever and complete that even a freedom loving patriot of true heart is only another cog in the machine of death and control........


Forgot polarity now didn't ya? It is everything and it is in you....

How about the light conspiracy?

It is totally out in the open.
It is about a total chaotic sort of human loving freedom.
It is only really controlled by human decency.
It allows for each person's individuality.
Everyone is a leader of the conspiracy...if they want to be.
Everyone wants peace.
Everyone wants to get along as best they can.
Everyone wants whatever their shot is going to be.
Governments need to be limited in service to the humans.

So there is the opposite of the dark conspiracy and it exists everywhere and it will be victorious.


Because total control is an illusion...it is a lie...it is seated in darkness. darkness is self destructive...the lie always falls.

Feel better now?


you missed a set

Paladins and Jumpers

I Was Feeling Better Then The Lithium Wore Off

Let’s keep both eyes wide open lest we lose sight of the schizophrenic bipolarity of two faced Machiavellians of the Dark Side.


Virtual Wikedness

I know it makes some cringe to see bible verses, but really what you've said, To Me, is what's summed up in Ephesians 6:12.

"For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."

I call it a "spirit" in a specific sense (not "ghost", but more like "school spirit") and it sure seems (to me) to be the same animal you've pinpointed as the Virtual Conspiracy.

Love the post.


Thank you for sharing this very apt verse of scripture.
Let me share a passage from the Latter Day Saint scripture called the "Doctrine and Covenants":

"Therefore, it is not right that any man should be in bondage one to another.
And for this purpose have I established the Constitution of this land, by the hands of wise men whom I raised up unto this very purpose, and redeemed the land by the shedding of blood." D&C 101:79-80.

And it IS referring to OUR "Constitution".

I believe that we are literally fighting Evil and defending Good as we fight the Conspiracy to defend the Constitution.

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