Is Everything A Conspiracy?

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Roberto Quaglia

It’s a question often asked of the conspiratorially minded, born from an irritation with the modern tendency to question every event and its mainstream media account. Of course, it’s really a statement – “Everything isn’t a conspiracy!” – with perhaps the added subtext, “You paranoid, irrational, basement-dwelling loon.”

However, in an attempt to get a rational response to this rhetorical question, The Eternities podcast recently asked it to Roberto Quaglia, a science-fiction author who ventured into conspiracy territory when he published The Myth of September 11: The Satanic Verses of Western Democracy.

In the podcast, Quaglia explained his entry into the arena and his reasons for writing the 600-page tome: “I discovered that the official narrative didn’t make any sense. I needed people to discuss it with but … everyone was stuck in the mainstream narrative. So I started to write down what I understood so that I [could not] forget it. It was not a plan to write a book.

“I noticed in myself … my mind having a bias, because [after three months] I stopped [believing]the things that I understood. This was a frustrating moment … because facing rejection from everybody … I noticed that my mind started to become mainstream again; I started to believe again the official narrative.

“This is a fact that had been written [about] in the famous book by Gustav Le Bon [The Crowd: A Study of the Popular Mind] about the psychology of the masses, where he stated that if you convince a person on a rational basis, the next day this person will probably be back to his older belief. It doesn’t matter if this is irrational; his older beliefs are something that he feels, and nothing that he understands can change how he feels.

“And, actually, this is what was happening to me. I was feeling safer inside the mainstream narrative … so I went back to my previous feelings. This kind of betrayal of my mind was unacceptable so I went back and studied again the issue. Of course, in the process of writing a book you understand so many things that it makes [a] critical mass and there is no way back at this point. I cannot believe the mainstream any more.”

The 90-minute discussion ranged from the origins of the term “conspiracy theory” (employed to marginalise dissent against the official narrative of the JFK assassination); through media manipulation and disinformation; the psychology of  belief, scepticism and obedience; cryptocracy and “deep government”; and the theatrics of the current US presidential campaign.

Listen to The Eternities podcast with Roberto Quaglia.

 

Martin Higgins

Martin Higgins is a journalist, podcaster and novelist. In 2012 he published Human+, described by KurzwilAI.net as "a science-fiction page-turner inspired by futures studies, psychic spy research, and the transhumanist movement". In 2013 he began The Eternities podcast which features Interviews with writers and thinkers on the themes of consciousness, technology and human potential. He is based in Wirral, England.