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conspiracy theory

an element within a belief system in which social consequences, identified as harmful or unwanted, are seen as arising from the activities of groups believed able to influence the operation of power, economic decision-making, etc., in surreptitious ways. Members of successful religious or ethnic minority groups, political extremists, freemasons, etc., may be identified in such theories, e.g. the ‘witch hunt’ of members of the Communist Party (and alleged fellow travellers) carried out by Joseph McCarthy in the United States in the early 1950s, or the so-called ‘Doctors’ Plot’ in the USSR prior to Stalin's death in 1953, in which Jewish doctors were accused of plotting to poison Stalin. Whether or not there are elements of truth in the claims made in such conspiracy theories, it is the exaggerated nature of the claims, and the often slender evidence advanced, that leads conspiracy theories to be regarded as a phenomenon requiring explanation rather than being seen as ‘true’ theories. Thus, they might be explained as arising from the believers’ powerlessness and structurally precarious situation, and the need for the believers themselves to find a reason’ for this and some hope of resolution.
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org/fighting-hate/extremist-files/individual/alex-jones) Southern Poverty Law Center describes him as "the most prolific conspiracy theorist in contemporary America".
NOWHERE in the world are there more conspiracy theorists than in America - and not only does the United States boast the most, it also has the weirdest.
Although there is no way to verify the claims that Mossad was involved, the back-drop in which the attack took place seems to indicate that they might be involved, many conspiracy theorists have noted.
2 THE CONTROLLED EXPLOSION: Conspiracy theorists including physicists and software engineers believe the twin towers of the World Trade Centre were brought down in controlled explosions, not as a result of being struck by separate planes.
Like the conspiracy theorist struggling to force uncooperative events to fit his desired scheme, the chronicler of conspiracy theorists who seeks to impose coherence on incoherent people collides with reality.
Jonathan Kay traveled the country and attended conventions, interacted with conspiracy theorist, surfed their websites, and more.
Neither Labour nor the Liberal Democrats are putting forward a candidate in the by-election, where Mr Davis faces opposition from 25 other candidates, ranging from the Green Party to conspiracy theorist David Icke, Miss Great Britain Gemma Garrett, the Official Monster Raving Loony Party and a representative of Make Politicians History.
Already conspiracy theorist websites have started to argue that American and British authorities have somehow brainwashed the former spy in an attempt to discredit him and prevent him from getting at the truth surrounding the attacks on the World Trade Center.
Ali G presses former astronaut Buzz Aidrin--who last year punched an overly aggressive conspiracy theorist who asked him to swear on a Bible that the lunar landings were not faked--for a response to the wellknown rumors about the Apollo program.
From the outset, Pipes imposes serious limits upon a study of this kind -- which generally tells us more of Pipes' own ideological agenda than it does of the naked politics of the conspiracy theorist.
Conspiracy theorist Richard Lee maintains Cobain (http://ibtimes.
You can say a lot of things about Louise Mensch, everyone's favorite conspiracy theorist and unhinged internet troll, but you can't accuse her of not knowing how to spin a good yarn.