Believing in a conspiracy is not harmful to the Liberty cause in itself. But it can be, depending on how you go about it. The basic idea of questioning the government story, and not trusting those in power is a good idea and it is sane and rational. However, it can go too far. From my perspective I have seen two things that disturb me on the DP.
First, people go about it the wrong way. Take 9/11 'truthers' for example. They believe passionately all sorts of things that differ from the 'official' story from 9/11. I have no problem with that, and I actually agree with some of what they say. However, what I see is that if you don't agree with them you are "SHEEP", or "IGNORANT" or "fill-in-the-blank-derogatory-comment". They have their mind made up and won't dialogue with anyone who has a different opinion. In fact on this site the 'truthers' resort to all sorts of ad hominem attacks. I've been personally attacked just because I don't agree with someone's view. That type of behavior is exactly what we were so frustrated about during RP's campaign and how he was treated by the GOP. My view does them no harm. So to me, their approach is contrary to the tenets of liberty. Thus, it is harmful.
Second, there is simply an irrational level of conspiracy theory going on around here. Like I said before, please question the government, please look into things yourself. But, there is a line between healthy questioning and being a 'nut'. I'll give you two examples. First, people are called 'government paid trolls' quote often on this site. If you have a different opinion the automatic response these days is that you must be a 'government paid cyber troll' trying to keep the sheep ignorant. This accusation is not based on evidence, rather, it is simply lobbed against me and countless others because our opinions are.....different. Second example is the Sandy Hook shooting. There are threads and comments on the DP of people saying that they don't believe, or at least are strongly suspicious, or whether or not the event even happened. Again, questions are good, evidence should be looked at, however, we have evidence. It's called credible testimony. A multitude of people have said it happened. To go around saying something like that didn't happen and that the bodies were wax figures and the parents paid actors is beyond ridiculousness and beyond the realm of healthy questioning. It is insane. And it is not helpful to the liberty cause.
"Be a listener only, keep within yourself, and endeavor to establish with yourself the habit of silence, especially on politics." -Thomas Jefferson
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