Monday, March 19, 2012

The nature of conspiracy

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It's time to get conspiratorial!

      
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“Condemnation without investigation is the height of ignorance.”







 

“In questions of science the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.” 
 

Hi, folks.  In the last post, I suggested that "the government" might have conspired to keep a safe and effective cannabinoid cancer treatment hidden from public knowledge.  (gasp!)  Might that have been one thought over the line - or one toke?  Did THCalm Canary just get a little vapor-happy and jump to conclusions?

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"One Toke Over The Line" - Brewer & Shipley

This post will delve into the theory behind conspiracy theorizing. 

EARLY YEARS

I recall that my eighth grade English teacher, R.W., was extraordinarily caring – both in his presentation of grammatical structure and in his interaction with each individual student.  Since that time I have received no education in grammar that I consider significant, and I prefer to say that “I have grammarian tendencies but no intensive training,” because it ended in eighth grade.  I remember that he even took the time to read aloud books such as The Hobbit and The Pearl, which are forever imprinted on my brain!

But I know I’ll never forget how R.W. talked about the word “conspiracy.” 

He told us that “to con-spire” is to share spirit, or breath, with another.  Obviously, breath sharing occurs in the whispering and plotting of conspirators.  But, personally, I don’t think breath sharing is inherently evil.  Lovers can share breath/spirit, and even do CPR drills.  There are all sorts of conspirators.  Conspirators can develop a tremendous sense of kinship with each other, and it is partly for this reason that conspiracies can be dangerous.



Where conspirators cultivate this kinship, there is often the proliferation of any variety of “us and them” mentalities – and this is where things get tricky.  A strong sense of “us” can beget a strong sense of “them” in the context of a fearful and competitive world.  (Of course, in a cooperative world, a strong sense of “us” need not be accompanied by a strong sense of “them.”)  And so when the “us and them” mentality begins, so does dehumanization, in a psychic sense.  If this goes far enough, then genocide and other atrocities can result.  If it doesn't go very far, people just label each other "conspiracy kook" or "fringey".  These are the “old scabs," according to Doreen Virtue (next post). 

Usually, I would associate a conspiracy with a secretive setting, but I’ll be the first to admit publicly that I am conspiring to save the world!  I plan to do this by sharing my own breath, spirit, and information with the world and by helping people to wake up to their hidden potentials and vibrant health, to reconnect with what has been largely forgotten and share it freely and openly with everyone.  Now that's what I call an open conspiracy!

When we are the keepers of special knowledge, and hoard this knowledge and use it to profit off of others, we are not in our integrity.  That type of behavior is rooted in fear, not love.  It is rooted in the belief that we all must compete just to survive rather than cooperate just to thrive.  How can we be loving stewards of the Earth if we haven’t yet learned to be loving stewards of our own consciousness, of information, of each other?  But the truth is that this Earth is a beautiful and bountiful planet, and any illusion of scarcity is man-made, even man-engineered.  So, my fellow investigators, I pray that the conspiracies you participate in are loving (and non-secretive to the extent that they affect others)!

COINTELPRO


This illegal FBI program was used to intentionally discredit, wiretap, and blackmail such freedom speakers as MLK, Jr., to infiltrate the ranks of the civil rights and other movements and instigate violence and police-state brutality, and more.  If you are not familiar with this program, here is a video to get you started (54 min):

COINTELPRO:  The FBI’s War on Black America

This program has not ended, though it may be under another name.  These means are used to ruthlessly control information and to stifle, discredit, and taint real dissension.  In other news:

CRASS CASS SUNSTEIN
     baddest ban in the whole damn town!


"Government might ban conspiracy theorizing."

Badder than-a old King Kong!
Meaner than a junkyard dog!

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http://grooveshark.com/#!/s/Bad+Bad+Leroy+Brown/2uvicx?src=5

Cass Sunstein is the Administrator of the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Obama administration.  He, with the help of Adrian Vermeule, wrote a most fascinating paper about conspiracy theories which I encourage everyone to read critically! 

(follow the link and click on “One Click Download” to get the PDF)

On page 15, he outlines governmental responses to conspiracy theories that appear militant.  That is, the responses appear militant.  The policies that are outlined involve either ignorance or aggression.

Telling words and phrases are:

"ban" "impose" "tax" "counterspeech" "marshaling arguments to discredit" "formally hire credible private parties to engage in counterspeech" and perhaps most telling "cognitive infiltration" (underlining is not mine, though of course it could be)

 The formal hiring of credible private parties to engage in counterspeech is an appeal to authority

How does a government "ban conspiracy theorizing"?  Thought-crime, anyone?


Also see page 16, especially for this quote:

"We will ask whether judges do more good than harm by invoking statutes such as the Freedom of Information Act to force government to disclose facts that would rebut conspiracy theories.  Our conclusions are generally skeptical: there is little reason to believe that judges can improve on administrative choices in these situations."


"Our conclusions are generally skeptical: there is little reason to believe...little reason to believe..."


In other words, he is calling for more centralization of power, less information for those not in administrative positions, a general increase in the top-heaviness of the pyramid, and no Freedom of Information, Act or otherwise.

My fellow investigators, I do declare that the only proper role of any government in the realm of conspiracy theories is an investigative one.  If a government represents its people appropriately, then it will surely investigate any suspected conspiracy honestly to see if it could be real and to prevent it from inflicting harm.  I would even suggest that our society would do well not to hush or stifle any concerned citizens who may be witness to some sort of conspiracy, or to label them terrorists.  This seems counterproductive.  I think we should cultivate intellectual openness and flexibility, especially when it comes to listening to others around us who are in some way or other dissatisfied with the state of the world.  Whistleblowers ought to be commended, not condem-ned, for their refusal to be complacent.  As a conspiracy theorist myself, I intend to point out that there are some very dark secrets in the world, and that we cannot change what we do not recognize.  

A certain former president of ours seemed to have an approach or an opinion that contrasts sharply with Cass Sunstein’s.  On April 27th, 1961, JFK gave a speech before the American Newspaper Publishers Association, saying,



“Even today, there is little value in ensuring the survival of our country if our traditions don’t survive with it.  And there is very grave danger that an announced need for increased security will be ceased upon by those anxious to expand its meaning to the very limits of official censorship and concealment.”

and,

“Without debate, without criticism, no administration and no country can succeed – and no republic can survive. That is why the Athenian lawmaker Solon decreed it a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.”

A transcript and audio file are available here.  Enjoy, and don’t shrink from controversy!

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Cass Sunstein really just seems like a fall guy to me. Let's move on.

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