It is really interesting to observe this fashionable backlash against all conspiracy theories by former ardent conspiracy theorists.
On one hand, I welcome it, because most conspiracy theories are just massive oak trees which have grown out of tiny acorns of truths, abundantly fertilized with mountains of bullshit. On the other hand, I find it sinister how almost how fanatically they are now gleefully throwing the entire baby out with the bathwater, as if there are no conspiracies and never was, nor ever will be. Essentially now endorsing all authority and executive powers as infallible and completely trustworthy.
Before the 1990's, conspiracy theories were not considered nuts at all, and were generally taken as perfectly common discourse pondered by educated adults. The theories presented were often based on social and political speculations concerning possible holes/mysteries left within the historical record, as well as investigation of possible cryptic cultural dynamics/emergence, and thus, served a very useful purpose in bringing about a holistic understanding of human history in much the same manner historical 'What If's" debates present us with.
When I was growing up, conspiracy theories were considered fun to ponder. They were never to do with aliens (X Files invented that) and there were certainly not fear based (Alex Jones). Back then, conspiracy theory was just a form of colourful discussion and alternative insights. They could be found in magazines such as Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Private Eye and many, many broadsheet newspapers. Respected authors such as David A. Yallop and Terry Maury were not considered 'whackos' for their well read conspiracy tomes during their day.
More than any smug college professor or civil servant will ever admit, some 'wild' conspiracy theories did turn out to be substantially factual, and became accepted history; the Mafia, Locked Away Deformed Royal Children, Irish Catholic Child Abuses, BBC Sex Scandals, the John Profumo Affair, the framing of James Earl Ray, Watergate, the Process Church, Jim Jones, Bloody Sunday and the influence of Thule Society on Pre-Nazi Germany being among the most notable examples of many factual events which began life as conspiracy theories.
What is happening now in 2014, is the growing assumption/backlash; that ALL conspiracy is nonsense and every government, corporate and university press release should be accepted as unconditional fact. This is a very dangerous road to go down, and this is where these 'recovered conspiracy theorists' - who were often the most irrational and hysterical types of all when they were 'awake' - are leading us.
The world is still run by cunts. Deal with it.
Thomas Sheridan will be speaking in Manchester 14 th (stand up comedy and spoken word) Sept, St Anne's: New Horizons, 15th Sept, Marcos Cafe Hebden Bridge 16 th Sept and Hull on Thursday 17th Sept.