The terms ‘Conspiracy Theory’ and ‘Conspiracy Theorist’ have been appearing in the mass media more and more during the last couple of years, specifically during the run-up to the 2016 US Presidential Election, and are terms particulary favoured by left-wing liberal mouthpieces to ridicule and distract from anything that questions the prescribed narrative.
Personally, as somebody who almost always questions the official version of any story, a decent Conspiracy Theory to me is something that does need to be traced back to it’s probable source, but ONLY if I think there is any truth in the story to begin with.
I am often asked why it is that I do not pay much, if any attention to many of the Conspiracies doing the rounds on the internet at any one time, and I always give the same answer – which is that I simply do not believe it’s worth spending time on anything I feel is being purposely disseminated to distract from what is really going on.
Unfortunately, it’s also my belief that the greater majority of what has been circulated by the mass media, and has been bounced around most of the Alternative Media outlets over the last few years falls into that category, and is exactly what the mass media has been alluding to when it refers to ‘Fake News’.
That being said, one should also not be completely dismissive of what the mass media churns out on a daily basis, as there is almost always a real story being buried beneath the headlines, which can, if you are able to read between the lines, be found if you are willing to put in the effort.
History has shown us that many of the events that have been written off as being nothing more than ‘Conspiracy Theories’ by the mass media, have in fact, turned out to be true, examples of this are easily found online if keywords like; Watergate, Operation Northwoods, The Iran-Contra Affair and the Tuskegee Syphilis Study and many others are entered into any decent search engine.
And of course the mass media themselves, are not above promoting Conspiracy Theories of their own in order to hoodwink the population into supporting things that there really is no public appetite for – examples of which were the shameless reporting of an imminent ‘Bird flu Epidemic’ to encourage public compliance of an aggressive vaccination programme, and who could forget the 1990 ‘Testimony of Nayirah’ where a 15-year-old girl named “Nayirah” testified before the U.S. Congress that she had seen Iraqi soldiers pulling Kuwaiti babies from incubators, causing them to die.
Her testimony, shown on all mass media outlets, helped gain public support for the 1991 Gulf War.
Despite protests in the mass media at the time that even questioning her story was itself a ‘Conspiracy Theory’, it was finally shown that her testimony was indeed, false. (It was the creation of the public relations firm Hill & Knowlton for the specific purpose of promoting the Gulf War.)
Politicians themselves are also not averse to using Conspiracy Theories to negate and/or remove public opposition either, a noteable example of which, being that of Welsh Labour politician Anne Clwyd, a strong supporter of the war in Iraq, who was unsurprisingly given an easy ride when she appeared before the Chilcot Inquiry, despite being personally responsible for disseminating an uncorroborated and later totally discredited story just before a crucial Parliamentary vote on the Iraq war.
Her voice trembling with emotion, Ms Clwyd had addressed the House of Commons describing a grotesque industrial machine used by Saddam Hussein as a ‘people shredder’ into which opponents of his regime would be fed feet first, their remains then being thrown into plastic bags and used as fish food.
Without that story being imprinted into the public consciousness, the possibility will always exist that Britain as a nation would not have supported, and subsequently entered the Iraq war.
It can be difficult to ascertain what is real and what is a ‘Conspiracy Theory’ these days, mainly due to the sheer amount of (dis)information being uploaded to the internet; a great deal of which is not even worth considering in my opinion, as although the world wide web is without a doubt the greatest repository of human knowledge ever constructed, it is also the platform used by sociopaths and consummate liars, and of course by those who have the most to lose should the truth about many events, be they historical or current or sometime in the future …. emerge.
I am not going to even try and point the finger at any one group, or agency or organisation that I believe are soley responsible for being in overall ‘control’ of everything that goes on, it is not as simple as that, and there are any number of websites you can find who are only too willing to regale you with lurid tales of how the ‘Elite’, the ‘Jesuits’, the ‘Jews’, the ‘Moslems’ the ‘Zionists’, the ‘Nephilim’, the ‘Bilderbergers’ the ‘Illuminati’ a secretive ‘Knights Templar’ sect, ‘Shape-Shifting Lizards’ or even that a murderous race of ‘Grey Aliens that reside on the dark side of the Moon’ are the culprits, and it is totally the choice of the reader of those sites to decide which, if any are the true enemies of humanity ….
That is not the remit of the Outlaw, I have little time for it and I Shall leave that to others.
What I will do, and hopefully have been doing for the past four years, however, is to encourage the reader to look at what lies beyond the obvious, to question everything, and to think so far outside the box even if it becomes uncomfortable, as it’s the only way to truly separate the fact from the fiction and determine what the hell is really going on.
I also believe that in order to do that, one must first unravel specific events of the past that are demonstrably untrue, yet also seem to be as persistant in people’s beliefs today, as an antibiotic resistant infection refuses to be eradicated, resurfacing time and time again whenever a certain agenda needs to be implemented.
Some of the stories I will be looking at in 2017, will be among those that have become ingrained in so many people’s belief systems, that subsequent generations have dedicated their entire lives searching for proof of, and even tourist industries have been built around them, despite the fact that they are nothing more than media inventions, (and I include the Movie Industry when I refer to media in this instance) and have next to nothing in the way of proveable facts to sustain them.
Which will I believe prove interesting to some, but drive many others out of their minds ….