i was going to post this on tumblr but it broke. ah well.
what this anti-conspiracy leftish crowd seems to be defining as conspiracy is a very popular media fueled version. eg “They are doing x BECAUSE” (they want to control this or that aspect of you just because)
this is wrong because the most important aspect of looking at conspiracy is the power relations it fosters. people move up or out of the political structure based on their knowledge of how it works. this is not always positive for them which is why more deaths are likely assassinations within, and even if you don’t ideologically align with whoever’s targeted, just looking into the facts of one case alone can open up much with regard to how it functions.
another thing i see being read into “conspiracy freaks” is the assumption that they must fully trust or have “faith” in whatever the conspirators are working for. however you can be completely agnostic about whatever their goals are or even the nature of the conspiracy while still trying to uncover the layers. does this not lend toward understanding class relations and enemies?
an interesting case imo is Nutrasweet. the stuff is shit and was forced through the FDA even though the studies done on it were ghastly. there were a lot of connections needed to do so and profit to be made. now the different conspiracy-type sites i saw circulated mid-00s focused heavily on the “they’re out to poison us” side without so much a mention of, say, Rumsfeld’s role (and others’) politically. and unfortunately Rense’s site pops up first on a google search for this, so there you have it to the anti-conspiracists, case closed.
the connection to make here, as it were, is how desperately the power elite really do want a docile population through whatever means. and this gets conflated with a dozen guys in a dark room smoking cigars and making phone calls. the more likely conclusion is dozens upon dozens of groups comprised of individuals competing for a stronger foothold or merely survival within who don’t give a fuck about the general populace — if something as seemingly innocent as sweetener can not only be profitable but also a proposed bioweapon, no matter how ultimately absurd the claim or function may be, this is something worth knowing. because they don’t even know what the consequences of some of these chemicals ingested in specific ways will be. their own studies seem to show this no matter how spun out of control the claims become that are made by people hypothesizing conspiracy without a class analysis.