Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Surprising Number Of Americans Believe In Conspiracy Theories, And Many "Theories" Are Actually True

Michael Snyder
Activist Post

Have you ever noticed that whenever the government or the mainstream media wants to demonize a particular point of view they call it a “conspiracy theory”?  The unspoken message is that normal people such as us should never dare to question the official propaganda being put out by “official sources”.

But what if those “official sources” are wrong?  What if those “official sources” have a specific agenda that they are trying to promote?  Has it become a crime to ask questions?  Has it become a crime to think for ourselves?

The other day, Public Policy Polling did an opinion poll about “conspiracy theories”.  Just by reading the questions they asked, it is obvious that the goal was to make those that believe in those theories to look foolish.  When they released the results of the poll, they stated that some of the “conspiracy theories” could only be found in “the darker corners of the internet” – as if there was something unsavory or evil about them.  But is it really “crazy” to believe that sometimes bad people do bad things?  A conspiracy is just “a secret plan by a group to do something unlawful or harmful”.  So do conspiracies ever happen?

Of course they happen. They have happened for as long as humanity has existed.  But in this day and age, we are just supposed to assume that all of our politicians and all of the big corporations that dominate our society are just sweet and wonderful and would never want to do us any harm whatsoever.

Let’s take a look at some of the results of the Public Policy Polling survey about conspiracy theories.  Excerpts from the results are in bold, and my comments follow thereafter…

“37% of voters believe global warming is a hoax, 51% do not. Republicans say global warming is a hoax by a 58-25 margin, Democrats disagree 11-77, and Independents are more split at  41-51. 61% of Romney voters believe global warming is a hoax”

The planet has been warming up and cooling down for thousands of years, and most “climate change” can be directly attributed to the gigantic ball of fire that our planet is revolving around.  Even if “greenhouse gases” did play a significant role in “climate change”, the truth is that carbon emissions make up less than 5 percent of all greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and human activity accounts for less than 5 percent of all carbon emissions.  So to suggest that “global warming” could ever be significantly influenced by reducing carbon emissions is absolutely laughable.

“6% of voters believe Osama bin Laden is still alive”

They rapidly dumped his “dead body” into the ocean and the American public has still never seen any of the pictures that supposedly show that Osama bin Laden is dead.  Are we just supposed to trust our politicians when they tell us that the U.S. military killed him?  After all, our politicians lie for a living.  Plus, the truth is that there is a tremendous amount of evidence that bin Laden died many years before the now famous SEAL team raid on a compound in Pakistan.

“28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order.  A plurality of Romney voters (38%) believe in the New World Order compared to 35% who don’t”

Whether you want to call them “the New World Order” or “the Illuminati” or “the global elite”, the truth is that nobody should be able to deny that there are ultra-wealthy individuals that are seeking to dominate the planet.  If you doubt this, please see the following article: “Who Runs The World? Solid Proof That A Core Group Of Wealthy Elitists Is Pulling The Strings“.

“20% of voters believe there is a link between childhood vaccines and autism, 51% do not”

At one time I didn’t believe that there was a link either.  But then I started looking into the evidence for myself. Why do they make us feel like criminals for asking questions about this? Is it because it threatens billions of dollars in pharmaceutical company profits? I put a lot of what I learned on this issue into this article: “Vaccines And Autism: The Secret That You Are Not Supposed To Know“.

“9% of voters think the government adds fluoride to our water supply for sinister reasons (not just dental health)”

Whatever the intention, the truth is that there is a tremendous amount of evidence that drinking fluoride is very harmful to humans.  A number of studies have shown that it actually causes brain damage, and it has been shown to accelerate the growth of cancer.  A blog post by Mary Bloomer summarized some of the other reasons why we should avoid Fluoride…
  • 41% of kids today have fluoridosis
  • The ADA and the CDC both advise that parents not use fluoridated water to make infant formula
  • Fluoride is used as an insecticide and a rat poison There’s plenty of fluoride in the food we eat!
  • A toddler gets as much fluoride in their system as a 250 lb. man
  • Toothpastes have warnings “keep away from children under 6 yrs. – if you swallow more than is allowed for brushing, contact a poison control center immediately”  (Ever watch a little kid brush their teeth?)
  • Sodium Fluorine (fluoride) is one of the basic ingredients in PROZAC® and Sarin nerve gas (yes, you read that right!)
  • Hitler added fluoride to the water of concentration camps to induce compliance in prisoners.
  • Fluoride increases your absorption of aluminum (a neurotoxin.)  Large amounts of aluminum are found in the brains of Alzheimer patients.
“51% of voters say a larger conspiracy was at work in the JFK assassination, just 25% say Oswald acted alone”

Does anyone actually still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone?  Even though a majority of the American people now believe that there was a larger conspiracy at work in that assassination, the government and the media are still sticking to their story.

“5% believe exhaust seen in the sky behind airplanes is actually chemicals sprayed by the government for sinister reasons”

Do you see how they worded that question?  The exhaust trails that normal aircraft leave behind are called “contrails“, and they usually disappear within moments.  “Chemtrails” are something else entirely.  Once they are sprayed in the air, they can often remain up there for hours.  But apparently we aren’t supposed to notice the huge white lines that crisscross the sky right above our heads.  The only real debate about chemtrails should be about what their purpose is.  Are they being used for weather modification projects or is something more sinister happening?

“15% of voters think the medical industry and the pharmaceutical industry ‘invent’ new diseases to make money”

The pharmaceutical industry may not be inventing diseases just to make money, but they sure do love to invent new reasons to get people hooked on their legal drugs.  The sad truth is that the American people are the most doped up people on the face of the planet.  The following are some facts about pharmaceutical drugs from my recent article entitled “50 Signs That The U.S. Health Care System Is A Gigantic Money Making Scam“…

-During 2013, Americans will spend more than 280 billion dollars on prescription drugs.

-Prescription drugs cost about 50% more in the United States than they do in other countries.

-In the United States today, prescription painkillers kill more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined.

-Nearly half of all Americans now use prescription drugs on a regular basis according to the CDC.  Not only that, the CDC also says that approximately one-third of all Americans use two or more pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis, and more than ten percent of all Americans use five or more pharmaceutical drugs on a regular basis.

-The percentage of women taking antidepressants in America is higher than in any other country in the world.

-In 2010, the average teen in the U.S. was taking 1.2 central nervous system drugs.  Those are the kinds of drugs which treat conditions such as ADHD and depression.

-Children in the United States are three times more likely to be prescribed antidepressants as children in Europe are.

-There were more than two dozen pharmaceutical companies that made over a billion dollars in profits during 2008.

-According to the CDC, approximately three quarters of a million people a year are rushed to emergency rooms in the United States because of adverse reactions to pharmaceutical drugs.
As you can see, there are usually at least two sides to every story.

So the next time someone tries to dismiss a particular viewpoint by dismissing it as a “conspiracy theory” just because it does not conform to the official propaganda being put out by the U.S. government and the mainstream media, perhaps you should say something.

We are living at a time when it is more important than ever to think for ourselves.  Our world is becoming increasingly unstable, and there are lots of people out there that want to tell us what we should believe.

Do not allow the government and the media to do your thinking for you.  That is the lazy way out, and it will only end in a whole lot of pain.

Question everything.

Do your own research and come to your own conclusions.

The truth is out there, but you are going to have to unplug from “the matrix” in order to find it.

This article first appeared here at the American Dream.  Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Anonymous said...

"28% of voters believe secretive power elite with a globalist agenda is conspiring to eventually rule the world through an authoritarian world government, or New World Order."

Only 28%? That is depressing.

The U.N is the central body of the NWO built out of WWII and largely the Holocaust propaganda by the main NWO world powers - U.S.A, Russia, China, France and Britain.

The 'Cold War' was used to polarize the world and threaten the world into submitting to the U.N's authority(global mafia), something only around 15% of the world's countries were willing to do in 1945(or prior with the League of Nations).

By 1991 over 93% of the world's countries were now submitted to U.N NWO authority, and as such the U.S.S.R was no longer needed and was dissolved - not collapsed, the Soviets were sitting on trillions of dollars of known resources that could have easily sustained them for many decades more but refused to process those resources(they kept them as "strategic reserves" yet didn't use them strategically to stave off total "collapse" of their empire?).

Note that Mr. Gorbachev and many other former Soviet leaders now are members of groups like the Club of Rome and Club of Madrid and such.

Then came Iraq war #1, where Soviet leaders agreed with U.S leaders that Iraq posed a threat to "the emerging new world order" that could set human civilization back by half a century or more.

"Senators Speak about the New World Order while voting to approve first Iraq War" -

Bush Sr. allegedly commemorated the NWO with an engraved gun in 1991.

David Rockefeller allegedly commemorated the NWO in 1994 in a conference with media moguls from around the world thanking them for hiding the truth about the NWO.

Other notes on NWO:

"As the belief in the new world order, sometimes called the Kingdom of God..." - Rabbi Ben Zion Bokser from page 333 of "Judaism and the Christian Predicament", 1967.

"Memory of Holocaust central to new world order" -- "Achieving our quest of a "new world order" depends on our learning the Holocaust's lessons."

From a Nov 26, 1991 Toronto Star article by Ian J. Kagendan (Canadian Jewish Congress and B'nai B'rith Canada[Masonic organization]) -

"New World Order Pledged to Jews" New York Times article from October 6, 1940 -

Copy of full article -

"Judaism and the New World Order: Human Equality and Social Reconstruction" by Leo Jung, published in the "American Journal of Economics and Sociology", Volume 4, Issue 3, pages 385–393, April 1945 -

Most of this info(and many of the links I used here) can be found in a central location thanks to the dedicated research of "The Black Rabbit of Inle" on his blog "Winston Smith Ministry of Truth".


Shahee said...

Conspiracy Theory is just a social engineering trigger word to cause the sheeple to laugh, roll their eyes, and look no further

Anonymous said...

We are seeing the beginning stages of free thinkers being demonized in the public mind the same way Nazis demonized the Jews.

djohnston said...

"A plurality of Romney voters (38%) believe in the New World Order compared to 35% who don’t"

So, the remaining 27% said, "Duh, I dunno." Those numbers are as skewed as the questions asked.

Anonymous said...

As an added note on NWO that wouldn't fit in my last post the idea of a "New World Order" being the "Kingdom of God" is shared by both Jewish and Christian theology, though in Christianity the term NWO is only used in certain versions of the Bible.

To Christians the "New World" will commence with the second coming of Jesus Christ.

For Jews the "New World" will commence with the destruction of the "2nd Temple" and creation of the "3rd Temple".

Symbolically the "2nd Temple" already came crashing down on 9/11 with the "Twin Towers".

The NWO is already here in leadership, it's been here since the early 90's.

Now they are using both Agenda 21 and the "war of terror" (and eventually WW3) to convert the people of the world to the social and political and intellectual ideologies required to fulfill their vision.

And eliminate anyone who refuses that vision.

"Zionism is but an incident of a far reaching plan. It is merely a convenient peg on which to hang a powerful weapon."

"The Zionists, whether their views be sound or otherwise, are the advocates of an affirmative policy. ... It is regarded by the religious-minded of all creeds as tending to bring about the fulfillment of ancient prophecies."

~ Louis Marshall (1856 -1929), colleague of Samuel Untermyer, president & founder of the American Jewish Committee, vice-president of the American Jewish Congress, and an attendee of the Versailles "Peace" Conference.

Quotes from a September 26, 1918 letter to Max Senior, published in "Louis Marshall: Champion of Liberty: Selected Papers and Addresses", Volume 2. Jewish Publication Society of America, 1957, pages 721-723.

Also note "Major Lionel de Rothschild, who is the President of the League for British Jews...".

Schiff, Untermyer, Rothschild... for such a well connected man Mr. Marshall sure doesn't get much attention.


Anonymous said...

The goal of this post was to argue that "conspiracy theories" are not actually that crazy... and then you went on to prove that people who do believe [some of] these things are indeed somewhat imbalanced.

My favourite is the denial of global warming, because you read a post on the Internet that says we're only responsible for 5% of greenhouse gases. On a side note, our DNA differs from that of chimpanzees by approximately 1%, and the overwhelming majority of scientists (i.e. not medieval priests, but the people who actually know what they're talking about) agree on this. Just like they agree on evolution and all that stuff.

There is no reason to believe that politicians invented the (expensive) death of Osama bin Laden, especially when the pictures of him dead have been seen by lots of people, are having their release discussed under a freedom of information request, when Pakistan admits that he was living in that giant compound (I guess they're in on it too, eh, even though they were angry about the raid and embarrassed that he was there)...

Those absurdities might be possible in a world where deceiving the public is priceless above all other goals, but that world isn't this world.

Jonathan Wessner said...

On the global warming thing, ten years ago we "knew" that the HARP program was being used to affect the weather. Now, no one says a thing about it, it is all global warming. Or climate change, since the evidence didn't support global warming. Sorry, but it is true. When one looks deeper at "climate change" one finds that a lot of the things THEY say aren't fully supported. I know dozens of people who, only a few years ago, decried that the whole thing was a conspiracy theory, yet now believe the whole story. No, you can't point to the hurricane that hit the east coast as proof. When I was young, living in Philly, we had that happen, quite often. No, you cn't point to the blizzard that hit the north east either. Same thing, we used to get them in the past. Warmer than usual summer? Ummm, in Alabama, just last summer, they said it was a typical hot Alabama summer, which happen every so often. Not a single climate scientist has answered one very specific question yet, and in fact when asked, says,"you can't ask about past years, they don't count" yet they will tell you that the earth is hotter now than in the last 6000 years.
So Anonymous, please, if climate change/global warming is true, why was there farming on Greenland @1000 AD, but there isn't now?

Anonymous said...

Well, "Conspiracy Theories" are usually considered the deep dark secrets that hide beneath the glossy surface of the images of what we know as government or politics and whatever the Main Stream Media (largely owned & controlled by large mega corporations) lets us Americans know about. Hint: It will be only what is allowed to be released for us to know.

Do you really think that we are being told anything close to the truth? Who is watching the watchers? Why does putting forth theories about things happening in our country that are getting harder to ignore make people seem "crazy"? Because, "THEY" don't want any questions to be asked, move along there, there is nothing to see behind that curtain!

Be good sheeple.....go back to sleep everyone...."WE" know what is best for you.

Like that is really going to happen! Too many people are waking up the reality of what is going on in this world. So, if more people notice things are not like what they are being told by the Govt' & MSM.....then we are going to have a lot more "theories" coming out of the woodwork! Just saying....

Anonymous said...

There is only one reason behind all conspiracy and that is greed.
Ask do the greedy like to have their moves exposed to the daylight of truth?
Any secret agreement is a conspiracy.
Show me a politician who is open and honest and then i might start to listen to them.
The real question that should be asked of all public servants is , Do you have a record of service to self or service to others particularly those below you in social status. Employment does not count if you are the employer exploiting others for self promotion. It counts if all you can get is a poorly paid public sector job. why? because representing people as an elected individual and employing them to do your bidding is not in itself service. It is still service to self.
All political parties are a conspiracy by nature. Wake up sheeple.

Canuckism101 said...

You've written some stinkers in the past but this CoIntelPro Fluff job as to be the worst ever.

Anonymous said...

About 80% of Americans believe that there are actual angels and devils- yes, the wings and pitchfork kind- that fight over the possession of people's souls.

About 60% believe that ghosts exist, can communicate with the living, and (apparently) are clever enough to avoid being photographed.

At one point, most people believed the moon was just a few miles away, and if they could just climb a tree high enough....

I could go on. Is the author seriously suggesting that because a bunch of people believe something, that makes it true?

Anonymous said...

If romney voters believe in "the nwo" why would they vote for romney?

Anonymous said...

An excellent article, and good comments. But I cringe when people use the term "sheeple".

Anonymous said...

Anybody who pays attention to polls is an idiot. Anybody who takes them seriously is an asshole.

Anonymous said...

I was just thinking about this a few days ago. I was having a conversation with a few coworkers and all the sudden more and more people started listening to me and providing input and agreed with the stuff I was saying. It was very uplifting for me. I work in surgery so I talk to doctors and nurses who have had a lot of propaganda pumped in. I usually
don't go into conspiracies rite away tho. We were talking about the Cyprus haircuts when I'd slowly nudge the conversation into the DHS buying billions of rounds then suddenly these "professiona" people started thinking about how it aall connects. Before j knew it I was talking about 9/11 and even got 3 people to watch a YouTube video for a half hour. I found that most people can see something is wrong or sinister but they don't know how the dots connect. Once I started connecting the dots people twice my age started listening to me. And once the veil has been lifted it's hard to put it back on. Granted there are always going to be those people who won't listen to me and a y article I bring g them gets dismissed as oh that's just conspiracy theory, but even that one person saying that to me there are others that listened to what I tried to tell them and actually came to me to learn more.
And I see a lot of flack directed at the brainwashed younger generation on this site and other alternative outlets but I simply don't think that's true. Of my friend group (and I'm 24) nobody thinks 9/11 went down the way they said. We all K ow about Monsanto and sign the petitions. We all know the media is controlled. We all Ave researched chemtrails. It's so much harder for me to get anyone above 40 to think their government could do such things. My generation grew up during G dubs and we all hated him then. We couldn't vote but we could educate ourselves and we did.

Anyways that was a little long winded and I guess my point is there are plenty of people that know something is wrong and when I bring up the right points first they listen to me about the rest.

I also agree we shouldn't b calling them sheeple however true it may be. It's an alienating word that makes us seem smarter or whatever than they are. We aren't going to convince people to listen if we alienate from the beginning.

Anonymous said...

Conspiracies exist.

High level well financed conspiracies often include the use of pre selected dupes to take a leadership role in 'outing' the conspiracy.

Charlie Sheen and Rosie O'Donnell being two perfect examples of Hollywood stooges being used to challenge the 911 lies..........and then self destructing in pathetic public displays of desperate low life behavior.
Jesse Ventura is the same thing in a different flavor. Listen to him for five minutes and see how he says all sorts of idiotic on purpose things to discredit or confuse the few good points he makes.

The key to understanding conspiracies is to keep an open mind and to try to suppress your ego and desire to be right. We all get some things wrong sometimes, and we need to be able to change course when presented with different ideas. For instance, the gun industry works hand in glove with the government and both political parties. The fact that thousands of Americans die each year from guns is good news for the evil fascists who run the show. All the scare tactics and fear mongering about gun laws are simple marketing ploys to increase gun sales and increase the violence done by little people to other little people. Guns do NOT threaten the establishment. Just read some of the stories here about super high tech weapons that are already in use. Your guns will not save you if the government decides to make a serious move. That is a conspiracy!

Hide Behind said...

AGREE! Too many sheople calling others sheople.
Are there better ways to differentiate between the school and mammary gland gov attached and info fed people and the all mighty or self enlightened shepards who roam the cyber waves of wisdom spewers?
It could be a conspiracy by sheep lovers who want monsanto and pharmas to get busy creating super sheep that look like people but can't think for themselves. THEIR IDEAS OF A PERFECT MATE.

Anonymous said...

Some people believe that most conspiracies also involve an online effort to confuse people about the truth. The use of distracting idiotic trolls spewing nonsense in order to render a comments thread unreadable is only one of their many tactics.
Seen any of that lately?

messianicdruid said...

An infinately layed aluminum screen up above the clouds would be real handy for projecting an hologram or several of {pick your most fearful apparition} and many could be convinced of their actuality, when in realty they are fourD movies of mythological creatures of every description [programmable {and operable} in basic].

ChristineHoeflich said...

Are there groups of people who conspire to promote their own interests at the expense of others? Well there you have it, that's a conspiracy.

Average Joe American said...

ChristineHoeflich has it about right.

There is a secret conspiracy to get our kids to play with Leggos rather than Eggos or Beggos. There is a conspiracy betweenst and amongst them all to prevent anyone else from getting into the market. Lead has been found in Cheggos, and babies tend to swallow pink and purple Gackos more than any other tiny-tot toy part.

This shit's meaningless. What is not meaningless is when a clear and present danger exists to humanity in general or a targeted portion thereof, designed, perpetrated, and perpetuated by a small group or portion of the populace for Their gain at the expense of innocents.

That's a Conspiracy.

I don't mean cornering the market on tinfoil, rather more like something on the order of cornering the market on edible/reproducible food seed grain, planetary potable water, human sanity (big pharma), and war munitions...stuff like that.

Lincoln, JFK/MLK, Viet Nam, 9/11, Iraq...these were isolated hijinks, perhaps required initiation pranks for wannabe keyholders to the royal men's room door.

For control of the quality of the world's soil, water, air, weather, and economics/politics (the ultimate weapons of control), pehaps you have to pay a lot more than a successful assassination or two to get into The Club. I believe whole families have been trying to get such a key to the Men's for generations (the Bushes, for example--if you think the Clintons or the Obamas have a shot you're dreaming, right along with them).

Few make it, that does not mean there is no Club.

Anonymous said...

Whoa.. they polled "voters." Like anyone who is still voting for a political party candidate has a clue what's going on. Let's not even get into the fact pollsters spend years studying exactly how to word a question to get the answers they want from people too dull to see they are being manipulated. Sorry Mike, but this whole thing is totally meaningless.

wishbone said...

of course most conspiracy theories are true, this is because all governments, politicians, religious leaders, big industry, bankers, and even NASA are a mix of liars, thieves, gangsters, mass murdering, war mongering, greedy, nasty, ego maniacs, who write the books hiding the evil shit they do, right throughout history. and most of you "SHEEPLE" out there still believe their bullshit and keep voting for them. there really is only one solution and that is; the people have got to wake up, and follow the path of ANARCHY (in the true meaning of the word. self regulation, self control.) and remember there is plenty of lampposts to dangle all those "leaders" from.!

Leonard M. Urban said...

Scientists AGREE on the conclusion that “man-made” global warming is REAL? Can you name five “scientists” with a PhD in any scientific discipline besides “Public Administration” or “Finger Painting” who claim this to be true? Al Gore DID in fact study “science” while at Harvard. For one semester. Earned a “D”. He’s a politician and a salesman, not a scientist. Maybe he’s qualified to be a real scientist’s hunchback, but I’m not even convinced he could do that right. I’m not even convinced his DNA differs by as much as 1% of that from a chimp.
If the earth’s surface was warming at such an alarming rate, wouldn’t the rate of evaporation of oceans, lakes and rivers increase in proportion to that “warming”? What happens when water evaporates? Why, it rises until it hits colder layers of the atmosphere, where it freezes into ice crystals and condenses into clouds. Clouds block the sun. This cools the earth. When warm columns of air rise and touch the clouds, they melt back into water, and fall to the earth as rain, which also cools the earth.
When water freezes into ice, it EXPANDS. They explained this to you in your 7th grade science class, didn’t they? When ice melts back into water, it CONTRACTS. If both polar ice caps melted entirely tomorrow morning at 9:30 am, New York City, would NOT be flooded to a depth of 20 feet, as claimed by Al Gore. Quite the contrary—it’s shoreline would probably move out by several centimeters. I wouldn’t rush to invest in this amount of ocean-front property, though. It probably won’t ever happen, regardless of stories you hear about the outer shelves melting. The outer shelf of both ice caps melt for a distance of hundreds of miles every spring, and refreeze into ice again every autumn. The North Pole experiences winter in December, the South Pole enjoys summer in December. That’s why you hear “news” reports every year about one ice cap or the other “melting” around the edges, without ever hearing that it refreezes when the season changes. Don’t take my word for it, either. A great book about intrepid British explorer, Sir Ernest Shackleton entitled “South” explains this in great detail—even explaining how Shackleton’s 1912 expedition was ruined when his ship was trapped when the ice shelf re-froze early, leading to his expedition being marooned for most of a year. The ship was crushed by the increasing pressure of the ice while they were still about 400 miles out from the coast of Antarctica. They had to wait until spring, when the section of the shelf began to melt and drift away. Eventually, they landed at a place called Elephant Island, where Shackleton and a few of his men were able to row a small boat to a Norwegian whaling camp 700 miles north at an island off South America. The rescuers had to hurry to Elephant Island to avoid being trapped in the ice that was sure to form again if they waited until too late in the summer to sail after them. This was before any commercially produced automobiles were available in any numbers to cause “global warming”…

Mike Ross said...

This was a really interesting article. I just invested in an oceanfront home in Jupiter, FL and honestly I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

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