Conspiracist vs Conventionalist: Choose Your Label & Choose Your Fate

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In 1967 the CIA Created the Label “Conspiracy Theorists” to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the “Official” Narrative

“Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories. The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories… But those were the bad old days… That all changed in the 1960s. Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term “conspiracy theories” and recommended methods for discrediting such theories. The dispatch was marked ‘psych’ – short for ‘psychological operations’ or disinformation – and ‘CS’ for the CIA’s ‘Clandestine Services’ unit.”

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The CIA’s Invention of the “Conspiracy Theorist”: Smear Campaign to Discredit Dissenters

“In his 2013 book, Conspiracy Theory in America, author Lance deHaven-Smith traced the term ‘conspiracy theory’ back to a CIA propaganda campaign that was designed to discredit doubters of the Warren Commission’s fake search into who assassinated President Kennedy in Dallas. In this light, the use of this pejorative term is obviously a tactic to shame and humiliate those who saw through the ulterior motives of the commission, and thus effectively censor out or even banish anyone who questions official government accounts… There have been many America military/government/corporate conspiratorial dirty tricks that were initially denied by the propagandizing powers-that-be but which were later admitted to – after diligent and courageous whistle-blowing investigative journalists proved the conspiracies. In every case the powers-that-be had been, in effect, calling the truth-seekers ‘conspiracy theorists’ [conspiracists].”

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CIA Invention of the Phrase “Conspiracy Theory” is “One of the Most Successful Propaganda Initiatives of All Time.”

“If I call you a conspiracy theorist, it matters little whether you have actually claimed that a conspiracy exists or whether you have simply raised an issue that I would rather avoid… By labeling you, I strategically exclude you from the sphere where public speech, debate, and conflict occur… Much the same as being labeled ‘Anti-Semitic’ not only excludes you but can ruin your career… But now, thanks to the internet, people who doubt official stories are no longer excluded from public conversation; the CIA’s 44-year-old campaign to stifle debate using the ‘conspiracy theory’ smear is nearly worn-out. In academic studies, as in comments on news articles, pro-conspiracy voices are now more numerous – and more rational – than anti-conspiracy ones. No wonder the anti-conspiracy people [conventionalists] are sounding more and more like a bunch of hostile, paranoid cranks.”

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