Conspiracy Theories as Psy-Ops

James Clair Lewis wrote back in 2009:

Much has been made in the Conspiracy Theories about how the Illuminati control the world, and are also seeking total world domination. You can’t have that both ways. Either they control everything, or they don’t. Well, they don’t, but they sure would like to.

I’ve been aware of the Conspiracy Theories since the late 1960s, and I most certainly enjoyed the Illuminatus fiction books by Robert Shea, and Robert Anton Wilson, which became very popular during the mid 1970s, and early 1980s. Those books managed to include just about every Conspiracy Theory around from all sources imaginable, and maybe from a few sources which aren’t imaginable at that!

Now if you really, really dig into these Conspiracy Theories, you will find two things :

A) Some come from people doing real researching into skullduggery in high places. These get little press, and are soon forgotten. Often they are true

B) The most popular and widely spread Conspiracy Theories, originate from Think Tanks funded by major Corporations.

That’s right! The Conspiracy Theories which supposedly expose the evil doings of the Illuminati are, in fact, written by the Illuminati themselves. So they don’t tell you the truth. What they tell you, is what the Elite want you to believe. They magnify the power of the Illuminati way beyond the power they actually possess. These people are power-mad beyond belief, and there is no way that such people could ever cooperate with each other to the extent that they claim.

In other words, these Conspiracy Theories are a Psy-Ops designed to instill fear and confusion. The people who believe in these Conspiracy Theories written by the Illuminati, are not mainstream thinkers. Since they are not mainstream thinkers, they are the people likely to find real solutions for the world’s problems. Now get them all chasing their tails in fits of paranoia, and their effect upon society becomes essentially nullified… or worse, they can be used to further the aims of the very people they claim to oppose. So now you know what the purpose of the Conspiracy Theories actually are : DISINFORMATION.

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  • Roger Mexico

    Except that Weishaupt’s organization WAS one small part of what amounted to a huge international “conspiracy” at the time–a broad based political movement to replace absolute monarchies with either constitutionally limited monarchies or liberal-democratic republics. There were literal “conspiracies” involving violence designed to accomplish this in England’s North American colonies and in France, for example.

    These people were part of a cultural/political/philosophical movement known as “the Enlightenment” (so its supporters would consider themselves ‘illuminated’). That’s probably why their symbolism is all over American currency, civil architecture, etc.–their ideas are the basis for our system of government.
    The original “Illuminati Conspiracy Theory” came from freaked-out French aristocrats during the revolution, who thought that the peasants were revolting because they’d been tricked into it by a Satanic cult of evil Germans. (Not because the peasants were starving under an extreme tax burden imposed by the existing government, of course.)
    So there is arguably a long history of ‘illuminated’ people trying to “take over the world” by undermining governments that don’t fit into their worldview and agenda. But if you enjoy having and exercising the right to vote, you’re basically a part of this conspiracy.

    • Nate

      Thank you, Roger Mexico. Exactly this.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-M-Anderson/1289313527 George M. Anderson

    This little nugget:
    “Methane is a much more powerful greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Factory Meat Farms produce tons of methane. Meat eating is actually doing more harm to our environment, than all the cars and trucks, etc in the world. AND, we do not need to eat meat”
    The issue is not meat eating. The issue is the factory farming of meat, which is what is a contributor here.

    • james pond

      “The issue is not meat eating. The issue is the factory farming of meat, which is what is a contributor here’
      Meet Eating is the biggest problem; supply and demand should be taken into consideration here. these factory farms exist because of the demand GO VEGAN

      • Charlie Lemay

        I wouldn’t go vegan if someone had a gun to my head, or even my children’s head. When I hunt deer, I remove the raw (sometimes still beating) heart and take a bite. Vegans eat what goes on food, they don’t actually eat food itself. Nothing vegan can taste as good as freshly killed meat. So don’t “GO VEGAN”, just kill your own food.

      • Jin The Ninja

        no, factory farms exist because of corporatisation and capitalisation of the food supply.

        most people don’t realise or think about what they’re eating.
        a lot of vegan dietary restrictions are totally. ahem, retarded. honey? eggs? yogurt?
        i’m quite a happy vegetarian, but i’m not about to eat gmo soy to satisfy certain hypocritical vegan food ethics.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/George-M-Anderson/1289313527 George M. Anderson

        Going vegan is a fine choice….if you are wanting to be an aesthetic. If anyone can show me any empirical data that is not compiled by someone who is trying to sell books or diet plans that going vegan is in ANY WAY superior to a well-rounded balanced diet of foods that have been locally produced, then I will give it consideration.

    • charlieprimero

      The Super-Class use their corporate foundations (Ford, Gates, Soros, Carnegie, Rockefeller, et al.) to perpetuate Veganism for the purpose of reducing the amount of feed their human livestock consume. Minimizing costs maximizes profits.

      Ideally they want us living childless in small rooms in large hives subsisting on cheap electronic and chemical entertainment when not working, until we are replaced by A.I. robots.

      Environmentalism is a good thing. The corporate-foundation-funded “green movement” is a farming technique. Learn to identify the technique when it’s presented to you in documentaries, movies, news reports, television dramas, and academic studies.

  • kowalityjesus

    I recently realized that a neighbor is an old school conspiracy theorist and we had a conversation about various conspiracies. I am sure he was equally impressed and disappointed that I knew virtually all of them. I wonder if the internet age has enhanced my knowledge-base or simply made me proportionally more full of shit.

    There is one thing for sure, I am doing much more harm to those forces who cover up crucial knowledge by keeping the inoculated knowledge obscured and living a virtuous and substantial life, rather than entering forums, eating up outlandish stories, and doing drugs.

    Typical Cats lyrics occur to me:
    The brilliant ones will disappear,
    The pretty ones get fondled.
    The fearless ones get fired on,
    The lazy ones get lied to.

  • BuzzCoastin

    as any good psyoper worth his/her salt knows
    shinny objects stupefy the brutish
    and render the perspicacious unable to help
    so for every real factoid
    you need at least three shinny obfuscations to make a psyop complete
    e.g
    Rummy announces he lost $2 Trillion in the Pentagon’s couch
    the next day, the multi-trillion dollar US defense system completely fails
    but people spend most of their time looking for smoking 911 guns
    (planes, missiles, drones, Israelis, Bld 7, ferrite)
    instead of impeaching the so-called “defenders” for dereliction of duty

    (these aren’t the droids you’re looking for, is the name of that psyop)

  • BrianApocalypse

    This concept has occurred to me before, that perhaps the diversion of Conspiricism is just a way of derailing a certain segment of the population who are angry enough and care enough to do something about the state of the world’s corruption…. but then I realized that this in itself was a conspiracy theory and based on nothing more than speculation fueled by the over-arching paradigm of thought that conspiricism engenders in people.

    I’ve seen this kind of thinking before, when conspiricists debunk other conspiricists. Their distaste for the conspiracy theories (and maybe the people involved) enables them to disconnect from the conspiranoia for long enough to make rational observations about the subject in question, but because their thinking is still rooted in conspiricism they always end up positing some other, equally non-valid and unprovable theory to “explain” the target of their debunking. The idea that maybe it’s all simply the result of delusion never seems to occur to them.

  • Howard Brazee

    Right wing conspiracy theories tend to believe in some very competent evil that wants to destroy what the right believe is good. The left believe more in the Peter Principle that the nobody’s competent enough to run such a conspiracy – and that those doing bad things are doing them for selfish reasons instead of evil. The left is more likely to believe that cell phones kill, or that vaccinations cause autism. The right is more likely to believe in a UN cabal wanting to rule the world.

    Both sides ignore evidence that goes against their beliefs.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=742104313 Adam Goodwin

    Whenever I am presented with increasingly complex details of goings-on in the world exterior to me I always take solace in what Jung said: “Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakens”

  • Hadrian999

    there are all kinds of ways to psy-op conspiracy theories. on major way is the creation of absurd conspiracy theories. These absurd theories and the subculture that embraces them acts to discredit any non official information source and anyone that doesn’t accept corporate news as absolute fact.

    • kowalityjesus

      Yes, this is true; ‘chemtrails’ comes to mind. Obfuscation by half-truth and creating a sense of helplessness and hopelessness are important elements. People that are too burdened by unencompassable truths cannot function ‘properly’ in society.

      Whenever anyone steps deeper into such an unconventional paradigm, there is a steep dropoff into the occult and the bizarre. Those people are labeled and isolated, misunderstood and generally feared. As Hunter S Thompson said “If you’re going to be crazy, you have to make a living at it or they will put you away.”

  • Marklar_Prime

    While conspiracy theory is often subverted into propaganda it doesn’t amount to complete falsehood. It’s more constructive to view it as damage control spin ranging from scare mongering to ‘poisoning the well’ tactics where the rediculous is mixed with the credible to obfuscate an issue. This is necessary because the psychosis endemic amongst the worst sorts of conspiracy architects includes two common compulsions that work against them in my opinion based upon my own informed observations.

    1. What I tend to think of as the Riddler effect: Like the Riddler in batman comics they seem to be compelled to out themselves by leaving cryptic clues everywhere as to their activities. This compulsion can of course often be seen in serial killer type psychotics as well when they send cryptic messages to law enforcement or the press while committing their crimes. This may be in practicality a less severe form of the next compulsion I will mention.

    2. This compulsion I tend to label the vampire effect due to it’s similarity to the legendary aspect of vampires which claims that a vampire cannot enter your home unless you invite them in. It seems that many psychotic conspirators are compelled by their psychology to out themselves so that when you fail to oppose them you are in effect complying with your own destruction or exploitation. In other words a in their minds you become complicit in the harm they do you by virtue of your complacency. This is much like the the rapist claiming the victim is responsible for her own rape because “she asked for it by dressing like a slut”. In their mind you asked for it by failing to stop them.

    Considering this it becomes obvious why conspirators cannot keep their own secrets for long leaving them instead to focus on various methods of damage control and propaganda.

  • alizardx

    “People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public” – Adam Smith

    IMO, Robert Anton Wilson’s unique contribution to conspiracy theory was to recognize that the masses are conditioned against recognizing that the elites groups work without informing the public to get advantage against everyone not inside their groups the same way the rest of humanity does.

    > A) Some come from people doing real researching into skullduggery in high places. These get little press, and are soon forgotten. Often they are true

    and some of these were discussed by RAW in his lectures.

    > B) The most popular and widely spread Conspiracy Theories, originate from Think Tanks funded by major Corporations.

    Inclined to agree, but let’s see some evidence here.

  • alizardx

    While I consider it highly probable that conspiracy theories are being mass-produced in corporate-funded think tanks to reduce the signal-to-noise ratio in discussions about reality suppressed by the legacy media, the author states this as fact, not opinion.

    Evidence, please?