Are People Who Hate Conspiracy Theories Crazy?

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The New York Times just published six short op-eds collectively entitled “Are Conspiracy Theories All Bad?” Amazingly, they’re not ALL bad. (The articles, not the theories.) Amidst the claptrap from figures like 9/11 cover-up criminal Cass Sunstein and airhead “social psychologist” Karen Douglas, the Times features decent short essays by Annie Jacobsen, Timothy Melley and Harriet Washington.

But the whole exercise begs the million dollar question: Are the best-known “conspiracy theories” – starting with the alternative narratives of the JFK and 9/11 coups – true? In those two cases, only an ignoramus could possibly fail to answer with an unqualified “yes.”  (Or maybe “duh!” would be more appropriate.)

Given that the USA has suffered at least two obvious murderous coups d’état by psychopaths who are still in power, yet its citizens largely keep their heads firmly planted up their – er, in the sand – it’s pretty obvious that the nation as a whole, and its anti-conspiracy contingent in particular, is suffering from some kind of collective psychosis.

I recently published an article on this subject at Press TV, which unfortunately changed the headline. Here it is, with the original headline restored.

Are People Who Hate Conspiracy Theories Crazy?

By Kevin Barrett, Veterans Today Editor, for Press TV

Government propagandists want you to hate “conspiracy theories.” But according to a growing body of evidence, you’d have to be crazy to obey.

Two American professors, Lance DeHaven-Smith and James Tracy, have pointed out that the CIA has weaponized the terms “conspiracy theory” and “conspiracy theorist” to conceal government misdeeds. CIA document 1035-960, revealed by the New York Times in 1976, is the smoking gun.

That secret document was distributed by the CIA in response to widespread skepticism surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. It ordered the CIA’s thousands of Operation Mockingbird media assets to begin squawking insults. Those targeted included historians, journalists and researchers who had discovered that the JFK assassination was a coup d’état.

Today, the mainstream media has grown even more controlled. And the weaponized “conspiracy theory” meme has been deployed more massively than ever before… especially since the coup d’état of September 11, 2001.

During the past 13 years, thousands, then millions, now billions of people have awakened to the 9/11 inside job. (Polls show that more than one billion Muslims, nearly one billion Chinese, as well as one third of Americans and large proportions of Europeans all view 9/11 as a likely false-flag operation.)

As a new global majority calls the 9/11 myth into question, panicking propagandists have attempted to “stop the contagion” by medicalizing the search for truth. According to government-sponsored mind-control operatives like John A. Banas and Gregory Miller – the University of Oklahoma’s third-rate epigones of Edward Bernays and Joseph Goebbels – the “truth epidemic” must be stopped through “inoculation” of the public. In “Inducing Resistance to Conspiracy Theory Propaganda: Testing Inoculation and Metainoculation Strategies,” Banas and Miller brandish a medical metaphor to disguise the fact that they are advocating mass mind-control in service to high treason and crimes against humanity.

Banas and Miller spin their anti-conspiracy-theory inoculation program as a public health measure. But evidence cited by mental health professionals, including Frances Shure, M.A., L.P.C., suggests the opposite is the case. By trying to inject the public with an unconscious emotional block to impede rational consideration of the evidence surrounding 9/11, Banas and Miller are in fact undermining public health.

Frances Shure is the author of a series of articles published by Architects and Engineers for 9/11 Truth under the collective title “Why Do Good People Become Silent – or Worse – About 9/11?” (Listen to my interviews with her here and here.)

In her articles, Shure points out that emotional resistance to “conspiracy theories” is a pathological, fear-based reaction that impedes healthy engagement with reality. While refraining from diagnosing people who resist conspiracy theories as mentally ill, Shure does observe that they often exhibit a troubling inability to come to grips with plain and obvious facts:

“How, for example, can some people watch World Trade Center Building 7 (WTC7) implode and collapse into its own footprint and not see what is right in front of them – even when they know about its free fall acceleration and the other characteristics of controlled demolition? These people may feel compelled to intensify their resistance with intellectually contorted measures to convince themselves and others that this was not controlled demolition. Others will content themselves with shaming anyone who wants to investigate the 9/11 evidence that contradicts the official sacred myth.”

For a dramatization of what might be called “Building 7 denial syndrome,” please watch Anthony Lawson’s brilliant youtube video “WTC 7: This Is An Orange”:

What explains such denial? Shure explores various factors including: A built-in human propensity to obey authority no matter how insane, as exemplified by the experiments of Stanley Milgram and Philip Zimbardo; the Orwellian “doublethink” process of “consciously inducing unconsciousness;” Leon Festinger’s notion of cognitive dissonance i.e. the rejection of realities that conflict with ingrained values or assumptions; the “irrational conformity” experiments of Solomon Asch and Elizabeth Noelle-Neumann; Irving L. Janis’s studies of groupthink: the evidence that some of these cognitive deficiencies are rooted in the physiology of the brain as posited by George Lakoff and others; terror management theory’s suggestion that unconscious fear of death drives 9/11 denial; and signal detection theory’s demonstration that “noise” such as mainstream media propaganda can drown out even the most obvious truths.

In upcoming articles, Shure will continue her analysis by considering Seligman’s studies of learned helplessness, Douglas Rushkoff’s study of mind control in Coercion, Bruce Levine’s work on American society’s institutional pathology, and other insights into why people irrationally refuse to engage with political and social reality in general and 9/11 truth in particular.

Though Frances Shure’s work on conspiracy denial is the most comprehensive treatment of the subject, many other scholars, psychologists and psychiatrists have discovered evidence that supports her analysis. Twenty Ph.D. psychologists and psychiatrists representing such universities as Harvard, Duke, Rutgers, and others “have concluded that the official version of 9/11 is false, and that those who believe the official version suffer from defense mechanisms.” The 156 members of Medical Professionals for 9/11 Truth undoubtedly represent only a minuscule fraction of medical and psychiatric professionals who agree but prefer not to risk the wrath of the authorities by going public.

As I explained in last year’s Press TV article “New studies: ‘Conspiracy theorists’ sane; government dupes crazy, hostile,” a growing list of psychological studies and peer-reviewed publications all point toward the same conclusion. Examples include: The findings of British psychologists Wood and Douglas that people who oppose conspiracy theories behave like stereotypical angry cranks more than pro-conspiracy people do; psychology professor Laurie Manwell’s work on how the suppression of so-called conspiracy theories puts Western nations “in denial of democracy,” and the recent emergence of a whole new academic field studying State Crimes Against Democracy (SCADS), including the JFK assassination and 9/11.

Tens of millions of Americans watched mob hitman & CIA gunrunner Jack Rubenstein murder self-proclaimed JFK-hit patsy Oswald on live TV. Yet we’ve all gone on pretending we didn’t see the coup d’état in Dallas. What’s wrong with us?

What will happen when the American people, and those of other Western nations, emerge from their cocoon of denial and face the reality that their rulers are among the worst criminals in human history? Will the people follow their leaders’ example and lapse into lawless, psychopathic behavior? Will Western leaders “flee forward” by launching wars designed to conceal the bloody tracks linking them to past misdeeds? Or will the pathocracy be overthrown and replaced by something more humane?

On such questions hinges the future of humanity. Given the high stakes, you would have to be crazy not to help spread the truth, change the system, and save the planet.


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Kevin Barrett

Dr. Kevin Barrett, a Ph.D. Arabist-Islamologist, is one of America’s best-known critics of the War on Terror.

He is Host of TRUTH JIHAD RADIO; a hard driving weekly LIVE call in radio show. He also has appeared many times on Fox, CNN, PBS and other broadcast outlets, and has inspired feature stories and op-eds in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the Chicago Tribune, and other leading publications.

Dr. Barrett has taught at colleges and universities in San Francisco, Paris, and Wisconsin, where he ran for Congress in 2008. He currently works as a nonprofit organizer, author, and talk radio host.

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  1. Very urgent terrorist alert:
    Big Ben is primed to explode, they will pretend this is a Terrorist Attack also.

  2. Well Dan, thank you, I am not alone. The Catholic bashing as you pointed out was well planned by the powers to be. Many years back, some good Protestant acquaintances told me that you fish eaters better hold up because once they eliminate you Catholics we will then be next.
    Most Catholics are simple-they are NOT some mysterious underground powerful organization. Catholics are playing a major role in fighting against the NWO. Too bad apathy has crept into too many Christians of all persuasions. Of course, the Evangelicals are major Catholic bashers who sided with and promoted USA/AIPAC/ Israel’s PNAC dual citizens to get the USA to invade Iraq in 2003.
    As the years go by I detest these war making monsters who ended the lives of so many young American men. I live with erosive osteoarthritis which keeps me stiff and aching but I cannot complain as I knew hundreds of men who had limbs shot off and suffered other grisly injuries. The seriously injured live lives very different from the bubbly hip people in television advertisements.
    The dual citizens of Israel just love to see Christians divided. Hollywood loves it.
    Thanks-all we can do is try to tell others to wake up.

  3. they’re not crazy, they’re dumb as friggin fenceposts.
    unfortunately, 90% of people have no brains whatsoever (and I might be generous there)
    out of those left, maybe half actually use them, so we’re lucky if we see ONE person out of twenty who are NOT braindead and actually have their s#it together. we catch the hate for being different and THINKING (especially outside the box). when the cattle start MOOing or stampeding, WE get dragged along for the ride or trampled, damn near every time!

    we cant even get them to admit there are chemtrails right over their heads. tell them the truth about it and they look at YOU like you’re crazy when they see the friggin trails with their own eyes?!! they have no clue “jet fuel” is just a slightly higher grade of kerosene and will never wonder why their backyard barbeque’s or kerosene heaters dont collapse at freefall speed.

    I dont hate people, a lot of really great people just arent very bright at all, and a lot of smart people are VERY twisted and devious, profitting by harming others. look at the CRAP they get away with pushing as “medicine” on TV nowadays, deadly side effects but “ask your doctor if its right for you”.. and people line up to get it!

  4. I think most people won’t care until it bites them in the rear. I think many are not smart enough to tie their shoes.

    • Nattijeff, why should we average Americans give a damn? In this Lockean hell posing as a democracy the highest authority, the “Will of the People,” is a matrix of lies manufactured by congress, the media, and academic footstools of the rich and powerful. Our “assent” to the mass murder of Muslims, economic plunder of poor nations, sexual depravity, destruction of the family, corporate cronyism, ad nauseam, is as false a reality as the fake and phony two-party system enacted by second-rate crisis actors in congress. The entire gov is a terrorist war against average Americans, for Pete’s sake.

    • You cannot fix stupid .

      ” Protocols of the ILLuminati ” ( circa 1898 ) , number 15 , item 6 = { Gentiles are Stupid } .

      The sheeple pay their pasteuring fees by allowing themselves to be fleeced .

      Our problem is with the powers-that-be whom are collecting all the fees from the worldwide sheeple and hoarding too much for themselves in violation of the [ Universal Law of the Standard Normal Distribution ] __ of life-sustaining resources ( aka God’s Law of Distribution ) .

      The globalist PTB are dominated by the satanic jews whose favorite meal is mutton and whose favorite occupation is slaughtering sheeple for religious blood sacrifices .

  5. I question the integrity and agenda of those who tout Rulers of Evil as a great book when in fact it is contrived misinformation to make the Roman Catholic Church look evil.
    People like Tex Marrs may look good in going after this secret shadow government in the USA but Marrs has always hated Catholics from the time he was a child. Some people believe anything Catholic haters tell them. I have no confidence in listening to people who see BS like Rulers of Evil as THE explanation for mankind’s ills. F- en eejits some of you are- you pretend to be so bright and elite. You are no better than these creeps who have run the USA into the ground and get young men killed in wars.
    Some of us have been on the firing line too many times. We have no need to seek attention, just to acquire knowledge that better minds and intel types can give us. You want to keep your childhood prejudices, you can, but I look at you as disinformation types who have little to offer in any discussion. As we said repeatedly in Marines in 69- f en liars.

    • Add many of VTs contributors to the list of RCC haters, 60sstreetpunk. Michael Jones’s Slaughter of Cities examines the orchestrated program of Catholic bashing and neighborhood destroying by the Rockefeller Foundation and its ilk going way back, which was subtly integrated into gov policy over the years. That gasbag Marrs, on the other hand, is a semi-literate, redneck bigot preaching to the choir with his cut-and-copy screeds. What these state-worshipping fake Christians despise more than Catholic moral authority on sexual matters is its moral authority on social and economic matters, exposing the perverted gospel of material well-being for the travesty it is. Christopher Ferrara, by contrast, has written a brilliant book, Liberty, The god That Failed, which exposes the anti-Catholic animus of our Founders, based as it was on a rejection of any moral authority above the almighty state. What we are experiencing now isn’t, as the materialists posing as conservatives would have us believe, an aberration caused by leftist subversion, but rather the natural progression of a rejection of Christian morality and ethics as the necessary check on the sexual, economic, and social engineering inflicted by the rich and powerful on the rest of us as a means of enslavement.

    • that church supported founding funding izrahell.
      that church protects homo-paedo’s all the time.
      that church calls people antisemitic when the other church is antiChrist-anic!
      do you think Jesus approved of “Holy Wars”?
      it isnt a church, it is just another government.

  6. To accept the truth of our history and present government, for many people, is to admit that their college degrees are worthless. For people who will be paying back student loans for the rest of their lives, this is a tough pill to swallow. As for those whose every day job and business depends on the present system, to accept the truth is to strip themselves of all that gives them respect in our present day materialistic cult. American religion today is the worship of Jews. It’s quite alright to deny that Jesus ever existed, or to insult those who follow his example, but one word against even the guiltiest of Jews and one finds oneself excommunicated, even by people who’ve literally never met a Jew in their life. I suggest some research on a man named Maimonides for an understanding of the extent to which international Jewry always was as much Arabic as European, and to what extent they have roots in turkey, where Putin is about to run his gas pipeline.

    • the people with worthless degrees SHOULD band together to charge the “schools” with fraud, then let the schools pay off the loan sharks.

  7. “People don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed.”

    Friedrich Nietzsche

  8. Sunstein et al are in a preposterous bind. They claim those who hypothesize conspiracies are insane, but because this would include, for example, investigators of organized crime, which is conspiracy by definition, they must weaken their “diagnosis” of insanity to the point of absurdity by claiming anyone questioning pronouncements from the mouths of gov officials is insane, which comes down to saying anyone who believes that propaganda is a reality is insane. What they must prove, logically and scientifically, is that investigators of 911, etc, are already known to be insane and that hypothesizing conspiracies is a newly discovered and scientifically verifiable trait, which of course they can never do. Only the dullest and laziest of minds can accept the emptiness hiding behind accusations that “conspiracy theories” are in themselves evidence of mental impairment requiring institutionalization or loss of constitutional rights.

  9. I think the very term “conspiracy theory” was invented by the conspirators as a form of self-defense. You have to keep an open mind about these things.

    • No, the very term “conspiracy theory” was invented by the FBI, to demonize those who expressed doubt about the official “LHO killed JFK” lie.

    • Don’t know why you would say no….that’s exactly what I said. “demonizing” is a form of self defense….its a way of throwing off the dogs.

      No, the very term “conspiracy theory” was invented by the FBI, to demonize those who expressed doubt about the official “LHO killed JFK” lie.

  10. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller
    Which is easier said than done, especially considering the global nature of the NWO/OWG mob. I feel the alternative media is key to building the new model which is badly needed by the majority of us.
    The “conspiracy theory” programming is just another example of the divide the rule techniques symbolized by the dividers and compass in the Masonic logo.

  11. There is no reason for education to be compulsory, in fact evidence strongly shows that it deflates certain minds and hearts. It is the captivity of forced attendance that formulates the scenario which allows Stockholm Syndrome.
    Freedom, to me, is the ability to move unfettered. This is taken at age 5 or 6 and the indoctri”nation” begins. Education should be available, but non-compulsory. Local counties is as far as the authority should go, if at all. If a small town kept all homeowners and vehicle insurance local in a co-op, they could pay for a decent school with no outside help.We need to get all Ida Tarbell up in here.

  12. The Asch paradigm pretty much proves human propensity towards herding. I believe we shouldn’t even waste our time with it anymore. Get over it. You married a sheep, your children are sheep, your parents are sheep, your cousins, whatever… Wolves don’t care what the caribou think, nor the lions what the Zebra think. Our Job is to be lions and wolves. There is another predator who doesn’t care much for the continuation of life, the preservation of species or the joy of existence itself. He is a despiser who worships at the alter of wanton destruction. Our job is to drive him back from our pastures and our herds into the oblivion from whence he has come. Lets get on with it.

  13. Thanks Dr. Barrett , another great article, just sent it to an email correspondent friend of mine that believes and does not question the NYT’s and calls me a conspiracy nut job .It’s to bad he won’t read your article(s) (again) in its entirety . I was ten years old when JFK was assassinated and i remember my dad yelling “now we’ll never know the truth” immediately when Oswald was gunned down. I learned a very valuable lesson that day.

  14. I challenge all, who claim to have a brain, who actually use it, to sit down, take all the time you wish and read “Rulers of Evil.” Then, refute it. No one to date has that I am aware of. That is its basic premise. The only problems with it, are on a theological plane. And that is always up for fair debate, and always will be until the total demise of this present time-space continuum.

    Now why should I do this? Because such as the late great Eustace Mullins advises us to do so. The same as with such John Rappoport. Even Jordon Maxwell. Jim Marrs anyone? Pat Shannon, et al. The list is pretty impressive. The author was quite intimate with both Judge Jim Garrison and James Earl Ray, while they were all alive.

    On top of the book, devour his website, which is largely thoughts and discussion post the publishing of the book. Gems, in and of themselves, to be found there. In a true republic, that wishes to guard itself against further and future tyrannies, “Rulers of Evil” should be a standard text for at least honor level high school, and undergrad to post-grad curriculum’s. This is a scholarly work, not to be dismissed casually ..

    • Klaatu A., Per your recommendation I am now reading “Rulers of Evil”. Needless to say, it is definitely an eye-opener & a worthy read. However, as you stated, “The only problems with it are on a theological plane, and that is always up for fair debate & always will be until the total demise of this present time-space continuum”. I was surprised to find on page 26 some negative, rather simplistic references to Gnosticism. Mike Kay, from whom on VT I have learned a great deal about the Gnostics, may take great issue with such characterizations which demean the true essence & spirit of Gnosticism. Overall, the book has a lot of valuable historical information from the author’s many years of research that bear heavily on our present challenges of today.

  15. When supported by facts, you are no longer a theorist, but a (pick one) researcher / whistle-blower / troublemaker / Paul Revere / enemy of the state / friend of mine.

  16. As the debt amounts upon me as a citizen that I have not voluntary accepted to be the debtor in this once great country, and as I watch this president pathlogically lie to me without any hesitation or remorse; as I see a impotent and traitorous Congress that cannot make one positive act to help my fellow citizens improve their pursuit of happiness; as I’ve experienced the last four presidents use their prestigious office for their own greed and self-satisfaction serving another purpose of betrayal and destruction of MY country, I am proud to say, I am a “crazy.” If I am the crazy, then insanity rules. Never before has so many ass-kissers served this Republic and the legal citizens of it. So many cowards, and so many spineless but pompous slimeballs ignoring their oaths of office, taking bribwes for votes, they cannot serve honorably this Republic. Yes, I am proud to say I am a crazy!

    • Pardon me but, we crazies have more objective proof of the “theories” than they do of their versions of reality. If you think a random “lone nut” shot Reagan, think again. Hinckley was the son of a good friend of the vice president GHW Bush (I am sure many other crazies know this.) Yes, John Hinckley was a Jr., son of John Hinckley, close friend of GHW, and campaign contributor to the Bush presidential run against Reagan. Those telling us what to think and believe have a past to hide, and it isn’t any mystery why they’ve made it so those speaking to loud can be put in prison for no reason.
      The bogus presidencies of Bush/Clinton/Bush/Oblunder have shown their interest in not to preserve, protect and defend this nation, but to lay it to a slow death. I am glad I am a diagnosed a crazy by the “sane” traitors of this nation who knew and said nothing about MKULTRA, Tuskegee experiments, release of the AIDS virus and Ebola, hoaxes on vaccines, funding both sides of the wars, assassination of leaders of sovereign, murders of many within government “crazies,” many authors and journalists for their crazy writings. Why kill the crazies if you know they are crazy? Crazy is as crazy does, and you don’t kill those telling lies, do ya?

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