I often read and listen to those whose view of the world revolves around some shadowy organization that is planning to… TAKE OVER THE WORLD! From those who claim that the Earth is under the control of Reptilians from an alternate universe to those that believe, more realistically, that an international cartel of bankers drives every human event with calculated precision, there are many, many, MANY different types of conspiracy theories out there. While I thoroughly enjoy reading and listening to their arguments, I subscribe to none simply because many of the claims are outright unbelievable and also because I believe that most of these can be reduced to a common factor. Let’s take the most popular one at the moment, one that fuels the anti-establishment, “libertarian” movement and has propelled Alex Jones and others as major figures in conspiracy-theory-circles: the insidious hand of international bankers is behind everything that happens in the world for the goal of securing a [cue dramatic music] NEW WORLD ORDER!
I have serious problems with these theories for a few reasons, one of them being that they attack every single action taken by banks and corporations and string together facts in very creative ways (I will get into this some other time). What I wish to talk about here is the paradoxical nature of the conspiracy theories, namely that if the entire world is run by international bankers through government control, propaganda, war, terrorism, false-flag attacks, etc. then how can we say that the very conspiracy ideas being espoused are not also a form of control? This is similar to the movie “The Matrix” where ultimately (spoiler alert!) Neo discovered that his very existence and his destiny, to lead humanity to freedom, was actually a planned part of the “matrix” of control. How can the conspiracy theory proponents assume that their ideas are somehow immune from the near-omnipotent puppet-masters? They can’t, at least not accurately. Where does this leave the conspiracy theorist, unsure even of his or her own immunity from the conspiracy? It leaves them where the rest of us are, trying to create a world that is more just and more free without absolute knowledge of everything. This is a good thing because instead of having to devote oneself to an exclusive model of reality, one can instead try to come up with solutions that cover all bases, solutions that make such conspiracies impossible.
Here is where an emphasis on establishing a free society comes in. So many of the conspiracies simply shatter once we start working towards a more free system. Just think, if we limit the power of government as described by the Constitution, the international bankers, corporations, satanists, aliens, etc. cannot control our people. One down. If we treat all people equally like human beings, not blacks, whites, browns, gays, etc. just people, then there can be no “divide-and-conquer” strategy by the masters of the universe. Two down. If we allow the existence of a free enterprise system where any company can compete in the market with any other without government intrusion, then the evil capitalist ruling class may find themselves under attack by smart businessmen and women with innovative products and services, banks included. Three down. If we start holding politicians and their respective parties accountable for not promoting all these things and start voting for candidates that make a real difference, thereby wresting political power from the entrenched “oligarchy,” then down goes the entire new world order. So why the need to believe in the hidden absolute power of the Bilderbergers, Trilateral Commission, and the like? There is no need. Believing in the irredeemable nastiness of bankers or CEO’s or a shadow government plays into the hands of one group, blindly supporting them plays into the hands of another, it seems that conspiracy theorists fall for the conspiracies just as much as everyone else. What Americans need is to realize that once government power is limited, the Constitution is adhered to, free competition is allowed to thrive, and people are treated as free, independent individuals, no power can subdue our liberty.