A veritable skeptics’ smorgasbord is offered up in the New York Times “Room for Debate” section devoted to the proposition “Are Conspiracy Theories All Bad?”:
The United States has a long tradition of conspiracy theories – a reflection of a widespread suspicion of powerful groups secretly undermining democratic society.
Though some are fueled by discrepancies in the official accounts of certain events, many conspiracy theories persist despite strong evidence to the contrary. Why is there such a strong predilection toward these narratives? What role does this kind of skepticism play in society?
Here are links to the various opinions: