Conspiracy Authorities

As a student of political science, a political activist, and even a conspirator, I’ve learned to walk a fine line between arrogance and humility. For example, I like to call myself Seattle’s only activist. It sounds horribly arrogant, and it can’t be literally true. Except it almost is.

Ask any Seattleite to name some of the city’s most notable activists. There are virtually none. The ones cited by Wikipedia can be more accurately described as assclowns.

So, what if I told you I’m also the world’s foremost authority on conspiracy? In fact, I don’t really know who the foremost authority is, but my claim probably wouldn’t be far off the mark. To cut to the chase, I can’t think of one individual conspiracy authority that I really respect. Who are your favorites?

Let’s get personal and name some names.

I’ve asked ChatGPT for a list of the foremost conspiracy authorities three times and have received quite different replies, though there was some overlap. This is what it told me the third time, on June 29, 2024:

Authorities on conspiracy theories are typically researchers, writers, and speakers who have extensively studied and written about various conspiracy theories, whether to debunk or to promote them. Here are some notable figures:

Researchers and Debunkers

1. Michael Shermer: Founder of The Skeptics Society and editor-in-chief of its magazine, “Skeptic,” Shermer is a prominent advocate for scientific skepticism and has written extensively on debunking conspiracy theories.
2. David Aaronovitch: A British journalist and author of “Voodoo Histories: The Role of the Conspiracy Theory in Shaping Modern History,” which critically examines several major conspiracy theories.
3. Richard Hofstadter: An American historian who wrote “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” exploring the historical roots and social psychology behind conspiracy thinking.
4. Mick West: A former video game programmer turned conspiracy theory debunker. He runs the website “Metabunk,” dedicated to debunking conspiracy theories and pseudoscience.

Promoters and Popularizers

1. Alex Jones: Host of “The Alex Jones Show” and founder of the website “Infowars,” Jones is a controversial figure known for promoting various conspiracy theories, including those related to 9/11 and government control.
2. David Icke: A former sports broadcaster who has become well-known for his conspiracy theories, including those involving reptilian aliens and a global elite.
3. Jim Marrs: A journalist and author who wrote extensively about government cover-ups, UFOs, and the JFK assassination. His books include “Crossfire: The Plot That Killed Kennedy.”
4. G. Edward Griffin: An author and filmmaker known for his conspiracy theories about the Federal Reserve, the New World Order, and the pharmaceutical industry.

Academics and Analysts

1. Mark Fenster: A professor of law and author of “Conspiracy Theories: Secrecy and Power in American Culture,” which analyzes the cultural and political dimensions of conspiracy theories.
2. Jovan Byford: A social psychologist who has studied and written about conspiracy theories, particularly in the context of Serbian and post-communist societies.
3. Cass R. Sunstein: A legal scholar who has co-authored papers on conspiracy theories, examining their psychological basis and impact on public policy.

These individuals offer a range of perspectives on conspiracy theories, from critical analysis and debunking to promotion and endorsement. Their work helps shape the discourse around conspiracy theories in contemporary society.

Alex Jones and David Icke are buffoons. They can have rational discussions about conspiracy theory one minute and start blabbering about the lizard people the next minute.

Founder of The Skeptics Society, Michael Shermer is promoted as “a prominent advocate for scientific skepticism” whose specialties include debunking conspiracy theories. He’s in fact a piece of shit whose résumé includes whoring for Bill Gates and maybe sexual assault, according to at least three women. (See “The Wall of Silence Around Michael Shermer”)

Richard Hofstadter was an elitist jerk who trash-talked conspiracy theory from his ivory tower. He earned his fifteen minutes of fame with his much publicized article “The Paranoid Style in American Politics.” Hofstadter was half Jewish, by the way.

Cass R. Sunstein may be the biggest asshole on the list. He’s a Harvard lawyer and a Jew whose burning hatred of conspiracy theory has led him to champion overhauling the First Amendment. I have a better suggestion: If you don’t like free speech, move to Israel.

I’m only vaguely familiar with the others. However, I’m leery of anyone who is described as a conspiracy theory “debunker,” including David Aaronovitch and Mick West. Aaronovitch has another problem: he’s half Jewish. (His books include Paddling to Jerusalem: An Aquatic Tour of Our Small Country.)

More Lemons ˆ

In fact, there’s an army of propagandists masquerading as conspiracy experts. Below is a list of 20 more bums I’ve investigated and unmasked over the years.

  • Michael Barkun*
  • Clare Birchall
  • Jack Bratich
  • Rob Brotherton
  • Noam Chomsky*
  • Roger Cohen*
  • Milton William Cooper
  • Matthew Dentith
  • Ted Goertzel*
  • David Grimes
  • Sam Harris*
  • Christopher Hitchens*
  • Judy Mikovits
  • Joseph Parent
  • Daniel Pipes*
  • Karl Popper*
  • Joseph Uscinski
  • Jesse Ventura
  • Adrian Vermeule
  • Jesse Walker
Karl PopperThe godfather of anti-conspiracy, the Jewish buffoon Sir Karl Popper.

Those marked with asterisks are Jews. Jews make up some 2% of the U.S. population, yet at least eight of the 20 propagandists listed above are Jews! Some of the names not marked with asterisks are likely crypto-Jews (Jews who conceal their identity as Jews). Is this some kind of conspiracy?

The late Karl Popper is of special interest for me. As near as I can determine, he is the godfather of anti-conspiracy. It’s hard to imagine how he could be promoted as a philosopher, given some of the utterly stupid things he wrote.

Last but far from least is Machiavelli. One of history’s most famous philosophers, he wrote about conspiracy 500 years ago.

Machiavelli claimed that conspiracies seldom succeed, a statement I disagree with. However, he was referring to conspiracies pitting ordinary people against royalty. If a commoner wanted to get rid of a corrupt prince, for example, good luck. Any ordinary U.S. citizen who has contemplated getting rid of a derelict leader like Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, or Obama can relate to that.

The Jew Test ˆ

There are a lot of clever propagandists out there. Trying to figure out if they’re on the level can be frustrating in the extreme. However, there’s a very simple trick that’s an absolute killer.

Just buy a digital book about conspiracy and type “Jew” into the search function. If there’s no mention of the J-word, the author is almost certainly a fraud. If the discussion consists of the usual boilerplate bullshit about the poor Jews being persecuted for centuries, culminating in the Holocaust, then that’s another book you shouldn’t have wasted your money on.

If, on the other hand, an author describes Jews as a race of conspirators, even suggesting that they may have been behind the JFK assassination and the 9/11 terrorist attacks, then you’ve discovered an author who deserves a closer look. If you find such a person, please let me know.

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