Tue, 19 Feb 2008

Lew Rockwell, Conspiracist

Apparently Lew Rockwell has gotten onto the conspiracy bandwagon. Two posts today at his blog show that he has fallen for the conspiracy theory of the Kennedy assassination. Once you ignore parsimony and start multiplying entities, anything seems possible.

The Men Who Killed Kennedy

Don't Believe Conspiracy Theories

Why do so many libertarians fall for this kind of nuttery? The answer is simple. It's called "confirmation bias". When you believe that government is evil, you start seeing government behind all evil.

Sun, 18 Nov 2007

Anticonspiracy Quote of the Day

An awesome quote I stumbled across today.

Were I conspiracy-minded, I would suspect the Tax Protester Movement was an IRS front set up to subject libertarians to ridicule.

Fri, 26 Oct 2007

Amero Trickery

This makes me mad. A few months ago some NAU conspriracists starting showing images of an Amero coin as "proof" that the North American Union was genuine. I've seen pictures of these coins on anti-NAU literature and in forums. One person I talked to face-to-face said "It's true! I've seen the coin!"

The only problem is, the coin is fake. Not only is it a fake, the coin artist fully admits to it. Daniel Carr is the artist for these coins. You can buy them on his website, Here's a link to the Amero coin page.

I have no problem with people making fake or parody coins to promote an issue. I have a major problem, however, with people deliberately using fake evidence to prove their conspiracy.

Thanks to Reason for the tip.

Tue, 18 Sep 2007

Green Cheese

You just can reason with some conspiracists. Even Canadian cartoonists know this.

Green Cheese

Fri, 17 Aug 2007

NAU Nonsense

Will these conspiracies never stop coming? Now my mother is sending me links regarding the North American Union conspiracy. Sheesh.

There are a lot of dots behind the NAU theory, and those dots are indeed dangerous. NAFTA is a horrible trade agreement (that has nothing to do with "free trade"). It's highways are financial boondoggles. The SPP has been given more power than it ought, and needs congressional oversight. And as always, the CFR is still a bunch of nefarious globalists. Those dots are real and deserve genuine concern. But the connections the conspiracists draw between then are pure delusional fantasy.

It is impossible for the NAU to happen in secret. It cannot happen without lots of treaties, lots of congressional bickering, and a constitutional amendment. None of this is happening. It has not even started.

All this energy expended on "uncovering" the NAU conspiracy, could have been spent promoting the idea of genuine Free Trade.

Some related thoughts by others:

Sun, 01 Jul 2007

Debunking Links

As you can tell by my latest posts, the current burr up my butt is conspiracists. I've collected some links debunking various conspiracy theories, as well as some general information regarding them. I'm posting some of them here for you.

September 11th

Income Tax and the Federal Reserve



Wed, 30 May 2007

The Conspiracy Trap

My last blog entry was about conspiracists. Elsewhere on the net I've been much harsher in my opinions of them. Imagine my shock this afternoon upon discovering that I was heading down the path to becoming one myself!

Politically, I am opposed to the income tax and the Federal Reserve. So upon watching Aaron Russo's "America: Freedom to Fascism" last week, I was hooked! My politics and the film were in sync. I was determined to spread this news to as many people as possible, so I made a bulk order of 100 DVDs to pass out to friends, family, meetups, etc. Today the order arrived. I was so excited!

I wasn't completely stupid, however. I knew the film was sensationalist and engaged in quite a bit of hyperbole. I could see that Mr. Russo had played fast and loose with some facts. I also didn't like the over-the-top clip with Lou Dobbs at the end. But I believed that in the whole it was telling the truth: The IRS and the income tax were unlawful, and the Federal Reserve banks were running the country.

But I'm a natural skeptic. I was smelling something fishy. I was thinking up excuses to tell people, to get them to watch the film. I imagined telling folks, "Yeah, it's sensationalist, but once you get past that it's a good film." I was trying to explain to others why it wasn't a conspiracy film like "Loose Change". Most disturbing of all, the 9/11 Truthers were glomming onto the movie. The smell became strong enough that I had to do a tiny bit of fact checking.

I knew there had to be more rebuttals to this film than just the IRS FAQ. I found them. I should have looked at Wikipedia first, because it has some good information. I don't always trust Wikipedia, but it's a good place to start from, and it helped me find some good rebuttals of the film. More importantly, I discovered the law that Aaron Russo said didn't exist!

The message in the film is still a good message, but it is a message that does not need to be bolstered with lies. The income tax may not be illegal, but I still want to abolish it. The Federal Reserve may not be a conspiracy, but it still has too much control over the economy. And of course, our government is far too large for our good.

I now understand a bit better the mind of the conspiracist. It's a trap one falls into. If I had been a bit more credulous, I might be one myself. That's a sobering thought.

Sun, 20 May 2007

A Letter to Conspiracists

I wrote this letter to a Ron Paul mailing list. I received so much positive response to it, that I'm posting it here. Ron Paul's campaign is striking a chord, and attracting supporters from everywhere. Some of these new supporters are conspiracy theorists. This is my letter to them.

Re: Conspiracy Convention From: David Johnson To: On Saturday 19 May 2007, Xxxxxx wrote: > Is anyone going to the Conspiracy Convention this weekend?

I do not believe in conspiracy theories, but I know some of you do. Please hear me out. If we want to get Ron Paul elected, then we cannot have him get labeled a conspiracist. It doesn't matter how right his message is, no one will listen to it if they think he's a nut.

Did some of you tune me out when you read the word "nut"? Well guess what? When people see the word "zionist", they tune out! It's racist. When people see the phrase "9/11 truth", they tune out. When people see the words "Bilderberger" or "Trilateralist", they tune out. Heck, they even tune out when the see the words "Council on Foreign Relations", and that's an organization that's not even secret!

It is my firm and unwavering belief that evil men are capable of doing evil things without having to resort to conspiracies to explain it. Really, they are. It doesn't matter whether the government is being controlled by a secret cabal of masters or not, it is STILL the same government: bloated, unjust, oppressive, subjugating. Focusing on the conspiracies only misdirects your attentions away from the real problem: the government is bloated, unjust, oppresive and subjugating!

It is a diversion, a diversion that dilutes and diminishes the message. The message that we supporters need to be spreading is one of limited government and individual freedom. Do not diminish that message, please.

Thank you.