That word has become charged in recent times. What are your first feelings on reading it? What are your firs thoughts? What’s your knee-jerk reaction?
My knee-jerk reaction used to be impatience and even anger. My first thoughts along the lines of the subject being obvious rubbish and not worth thinking about. I scoffed and dismissed, content that the BBC would have found out about any so-called conspiracies and told me about them. That was until about 2006 or 2007, when someone whose intellect and sincerity I trusted issued a simple challenge: “explain what happened to Tower 7 on 9/11 and I’ll shut up about it.” I took that challenge.
At first I thought he was pulling my leg. Tower 7? Didn’t this guy even know that it was only the Twin Towers that collapsed? This was going to be easy. But there was a Tower 7 and it did collapse.
What is more, accepting that singular challenge has led me to see a lot of things going on in this world that I can’t explain and many of these events seem to be linked somehow, either by chance, chains of causality, influence or design. In truth, much of what happens in this world is probably a mixture, a complex interplay of all these options and more.
But there are conspiracies. Hillsborough. Watergate. LIBOR. NSA spying.
The trick, I think, is to treat everything in the same way. Whether a report be labelled ‘conspiracy theory’ or ‘news item’, we must Cut the Crap and invesitigate the heart of the matter. From what I can see, the heart of the matter seems fairly simple: The haves want to keep what they’ve got and the have nots want more.
I imagine to what lengths I might go, if I were one of the hundred or so people whose combined wealth is greater than the combined wealth of the poorest three and a half billion of us, to keep it quiet. How to distract from it? Keep the masses at one another’s throats by funding ‘legitimate’ and ‘illegitimate’ factions, control the news, control corporations, lobby parliaments, enslave the masses through debt, erode freedoms, control services, lie, cheat, steal, kill. If I had been raised as a member of one of the supposed 12 Families, would I have been raised with that old “what we have, we hold” mentality? Would I see it as my God Given Right to be so wealthy whilst those lesser mortals possess only the Right to Starve? I hope that I would have seen the light eventually – but then what?
Well, that’s the biggest question of the moment, isn’t it? Soon the corruption and modifications to the system will become plain for all to see, rich and poor alike, controller and controlled like.
Let each side destroy each other, like always? I hope not. Ideally, in my view, we need to rescue our systems, not smash them.
There are conspiracies; big ones, small ones and honkers that take your breath away. Just push past the knee-jerk and start looking deeper. You may find nothing suspicious at all, you may find my worldview to be unjustified, but at the least you will have satisfied yourself, used your own mind and questions instead of relying on the regurgitated words and opinions of others, to reinforce your own worldview.
It is now 2014 and I still can’t explain how WTC7 collapsed.