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Conspiracy Theory – Part 2 – Definitions And Classification

Conspiracy Theory – Part 2 – Definitions and Classification

When studying the definitions of the word “conspiracy” in literature, one finds the following elements embodied in the concept: secrecy, agreement between parties, intention to commit unlawful acts and the usage of unlawful or criminal means  to reach the goals of the conspiracy.

There is however no suitable definition for the concept “conspiracy theory” - possibly due to the diverse nature of the different theories. The existing descriptions of the concept give the idea that it is more of a state of mind of some people, than it is a theory in the scientific sense of the word.

A workable definition, generic enough for use in this series of articles can be:

Conspiracy Theory is a philosophical approach to the field of power politics that facilitates the development of explanations to account for the observed or expected threatening behaviour, or  threatening effects of the actions of individuals or groups, apparently acting male fide.

Conspiracy Theory is a very old phenomenon. From literature it can be seen that the development of Conspiracy Theory has its roots in the conditions of the Babylonian Mystery religions, the times of the Roman Empire, the Crusades and also the times of the French Revolution. Many of the theories from these times had a distinct Anti-Semitic character.

Since the contents of Conspiracy Theories are extremely varied, a classification scheme is called for to be able to facilitate the study of this type of material. The following simple classification will suffice:

  • Topical Conspiracies : Describing conspiracies relating to specific topics - like Health Issues

  • National Conspiracies : Describing conspiracies relating to the dynamics of national politics

  • International Conspiracies: Describing conspiracies relating to the dynamics of international politics and especially world domination.

    Conspiracy Theory literature is difficult to understand, since it usually deals with matters deemed to be secret. Correct interpretation of the content of conspiracy material is often not possible after just a straightforward reading of the material. For a proper understanding of a piece of conspiracy literature, it is of paramount importance to understand the author’s viewpoint, as well as the approach he uses to put forward his facts or arguments. It is  for instance  important to realise whether the conspiracy was meant to be kept secret, or whether it was “designed to be discovered”. It is often possible to interpret a piece of literature in two or more, even directly opposing, ways depending on the perceived viewpoint of the author.

    To alleviate this problem, this article suggests the use of the following Johari-window model as an interpretation aid.

 

 

 Author’s Intention

 

 

Pro

Against

 

 

Author’s Approach

 

 

Direct

 

  • Direct statement of the Theory substantiated by “facts” and circumstantial evidence.

 

  • Refutation of the arguments and “facts”, substantiated by other facts.
  • Proposal of an alternative or counter theory with the same “facts”.

 

 

 

Indirect

 

  • Presenting views and allowing the reader to formulate his own theory.
  • Attacking of the opposite “camp”.

 

  • Ridicule of theory.
  • Deceptive theory
  • Personal attack on authors of theory.

 

Table 1:  Aid to the Interpretation of Conspiracy Literature.

People proposing conspiracy theories often have strong views about their subject, and the sympathisers to these theories are as devoted thereto.  It is not uncommon for people to be so strongly aligned to the theory that it should rather be considered an ideology, even to the point of fanaticism, and not merely a theory. No wonder that in describing one another’s work, viewpoints and even characters conspiracists and anti-conspiracists  use arguments  often loaded with strong emotional rhetoric. It is difficult to characterise conspiracy theories based on these wars of words. 

To be able to conveniently discuss conspiracy theories, some generic characteristics have to be identified for comparative study. This article suggests that on the most fundamental level conspiracy theories have the following characteristics in common:

  • There are always some victims of the conspiracy

  • There arealways the conspirators

  • There is a goal to the conspiracy

  • The conspiracy has a basic plot.

     

    A number of conspiracies that were  analysed for this series will briefly  be noted according to the  classification described  above.

     

    Topical Conspiracies:

    Topical Conspiracies deal with one or another issue that will be to the disadvantage of a certain group of people. It may however not always be clear what the advantage of the conspiracy to the conspirators will be. Among the conspiracies mentioned in Table 2 below, the Aids Conspiracy is an interesting one. It proposes that the killer-disease AIDS was deliberately introduced into specific human population groups to effect population control, and that, although a remedy has already been found, this will be kept a secret, and successful developing remedies will be suppressed, till the population levels have been depressed low enough. This is alleged to flow forth from the study of the Club of Rome, The Limits to Growth that was tabled in the 1960s. One can imagine the powerful impact of this theory on the minds of people in the AIDS-ravaged countries of the world. A quick scan of this synoptic table will give the reader a good idea of this category of theories.

     

Victims

Conspirators

Goal

Plot

Cancer victims

Medical Profession

To keep pharmaceutical control.

Suppress effective emerging cancer treatments & therapies

Aids Victims

Medical Profession and World Health Organisation

Diminish world population numbers especially in “unwanted” societies.

Development and introduction of AIDS virus into populations, as well as suppressing the development of a cure till the “right”  time.

Internet Users

The CIA and Jewish Religious groups

To gain control of the Internet as Information network

Introduce censorship and Internet-policing systems, controlling ‘hate-speech’ on the net

The people of the World

The US government

To suppress the true information about UFOs, extra-terrestrials and related  phenomena

Deliberate disinformation  activities by the US government to conceal the “real facts” about these matters

The people of the world

Political elements in the Roman Catholic Church

To bring the world under the leadership of the Pope

Use the supernatural “apparitions of Mary”  to influence  people to subject to RCC authority

Academics and journalists that holds the view that WWII facts about the holocaust are not correct

Influential elements in the Zionist movement

Ensure that anti-Semitism is  kept alive to ensure sympathy  for the  benefit of the Jewish  cause

Persecute authors in Europe and Canada who hold  and express these views.

The White Christian Population of the world

A dynastic segment of the white ruling class institutionalised within Masonry

Destruction of the White Separatist and White Supremacist sections of the society (More or less the opposite of 3.2.1)

Marginilise, scandalise and victimise  people representing white ethnic culture

Table 2 : Examples of Topical Conspiracies.

 

National Conspiracies:

National Conspiracy Theories deal with the elements of national power. Often it is directed against “the government” or some of its instruments of power. The victims however are perceived to be the citizens of the state. In table 3 below a sample of such theories is displayed. Of interest to the South African reader may be the theory which touches upon the  political dynamics around the Jameson-invasion, the Boer war and the subsequent role of Jan Smuts in securing British dominion over South Africa.

 

Victims

Conspirators

Goal

Plot

The people of the USA

Anti-democratic Movement in the USA

Prevent the liberalisation of the country

Various overt and covert political actions

The people of the USA

The Soviet Union

Support world-wide communism from America.

Spying by communist spies and support by sympathisers placed within US government structures.

The people of the USA

The Mafia in the USA

Control power and  money in the USA

Various crime strategies

The people of the USA

A Masonic Conspiracy

Total control of the US as was the case of control over the Roman State by Caesar

The design of the US state structures and constitution were deliberately done in such a way that control could be acquired over the president.

The  people of the USA

The CIA

International influence

Organise the smuggling of drugs  and arms from Columbia, Honduras, Costa Rica and the Golden Triangle for sale in the Hispanic societies of the US.

The People of the USA (The Gemstone File)

Onassis, the US Mafia and US Politicians

Control of the USA

Macro-political events like assassination of Kennedy, bribery of politicians, arms- and drug deals, oil cartel business etc.

The People of South Africa

MI 6?

Transformation of Apartheid South Africa by violent means

Arms smuggling  during the sixties, and  influential political guidance in the seventies and early eighties.

The People of South Africa

The Third Force

Destabilising the Republic of South Africa for political reasons

Paramilitary forces, allegedly to be formed by elements of the former SADF, or ex-MK  members, fomenting  black-on-black violence before the 1994 elections.

The People of South Africa

The United States

The take-over of South Africa by the United States

By means of powerful new technologies the US can influence  weather patterns and   impose floods and droughts on the country in order to bring it to its knees for the final take-over as  a step towards world control

The People of the old Boer Republic of the Transvaal

British Philanthropists and Politicians of the time

The political control of the Boer Republic.

The conspiracists tried to gain control by staging an uprising in the gold mines followed by the Jameson invasion, but this failed. Thereafter Jan Smuts came on the scene (as an agent?) to facilitate the  process of take-over and which ultimately led to the Boer war.

Table 3 : Examples of National Conspiracies.

International Conspiracies:

International Conspiracies deal with the dynamics of world power, and in most cases with the move to world government. The perceived victims of the theories are mostly the peoples of the world who will be enslaved by the new world-wide dictatorial government.  Among these theories there are however no consensus about who the alleged conspirators are, and about every theory nominates someone else.

Victims

Conspirators

Goal

Plot

The people of the world

Elements behind the British Crown

World domination by England

Various political strategies, including work through business, intelligence services and Masonry.

The People of the World

International Masonic Conspirators

World domination

A fantastic, transgenerational activity to gain control of the world by gaining control over the media and the financial systems of the world.

The People of the World

The Illuminati

World Domination

The revitalised ancient organisation, built on the principles of the Jesuits, consisting of influential people that  work powerfully towards  world domination.

The people of Australia and New Zealand (The Opal File)

International financiers, Oil companies, the Mafia

Control of Australia and New Zealand to integrate within the economy of the Pacific Rim as part of the movement to world  control.

Monopoly of oil reserves near New Zealand, monopoly in various other industries like food, media, travel etc.

Table 4 : Examples of International Conspiracy Theories.

Conclusion: These articles flow from a study in national security undertaken in the year 2000 with the Executive National Security Program of the SANDF, and was the work of the undersigned. Extensive references to literature is available should readers be interested in the topic.

The next article will deal with the implications and relevance of conspiracy theories.

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KPJ Nel

2015-01-05


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