Registered On: September 7, 2015
Craig Murray is a crank defended by the most vile conspiracy theorists who will believe any irrational guff to defend anti-western forces under the belief that only the USA/UK/Israel and allies can be bad. Like many conspiracy theorists, this has unfortunately meant anti-Semitism taking root in his nonsense. Jews are the unfortunate scapegoat which often gets inserted into conspiracies to be the convenient explanation for the world’s ills.
And it’s this convenience which I think governs a lot of its need for existence. Reality is messy, science is complex, reasonings for real life issues (e.g. pandemic management, climate change etc) are complex, politics requires delicate balancing between factions and ensuring the issues are dealt with correctly. Issues have benefits and pitfalls among all solutions, which will upset some and please others. This can be confusing and when people often have strong opinions on some issues, where they see opposition to it as an affront. It’s comforting, in some way, for many to believe that a cabal of nefarious authorities are responsible for the woe in the world. Reality is a fine act of balancing situations, and this feels more chaotic and anxiety inducing. If it can be explained by the dastardly EU/Zionists/NWO/Deep State/Blairites/media/liberal elite it makes it seem much simpler and easier to fix. Remove the bad guys and it will be fine. Except it never is fine, because reality is more messy and issues are caused by mismanagement among all sides to some degree, the need to balance solutions, the reality of politics (politicians will often put party interests above fixing the solution, so they get voted in again on fixing the problem, for example) and perfect solutions rarely being viable.
So the problem continues. Take the coronavirus vaccine news. Now, I have not seen any evidence to doubt its safety just yet. However, public perception could be that it has been rushed out too fast. Building public trust is an important aspect of pandemic management and this should have been factored in to how the government approached a vaccine. The EU have been slower to release it in part because of this, though I am sure there are other reasons too, such as bureaucracy as alluded to by Bucks. A recent poll suggests that 35% think it has been rushed. I don’t agree, but putting myself in their shoes, where they won’t necessarily be experts, I cannot fully blame all of them. This has been partially caused by a government desperate to win the race against the EU for the sake of posturing. Unfortunately, it has forgotten the ultimate need to win people over; sure 35% is not a majority, but it is a large amount. This creates a culture where conspiracy can flourish; people will be confused and anxious, so thinking of it as some plot by authorities could take hold.
Of course you will also get those who love conspiracies because it makes them feel like they have access to esoteric knowledge which few others possess. They like feeling like they’re in the know while others aren’t. Ironically, I feel like they wouldn’t feel so pleased if everyone started agreeing with the validity of the conspiracy theory. In some ways they’re like hipsters who only like bands because they’re trendy and frown on anything achieving popularity (like those who ditched REM and Metallica when they got big).
I have familiarity with conspiracy sites and will come back later with some of my favourites. They do raise a good chuckle.