What is a Conspiracy Theory? A conspiracy theory is an explanation for an event or situation that asserts the existence of a conspiracy by powerful and sinister groups, often political in motivation.
In George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984, traditional law enforcement is replaced by the Thought Police, or Thinkpol. They serve as judge, jury, and executioner for any crimes against the Party doctrines, even negative thoughts.
1984 is about a society subject to pervasive government control and monitoring and one person’s (Winston Smith) attempt to escape that control through small acts of personal rebellion. Family and love are discouraged because they create loyalties that threaten to undermine and override one’s faithfulness to the State- represented as “Big Brother.” Independence is dangerous because it can lead to “Thoughtcrime” – thoughts that question the State’s goals and decrees. Those guilty of Thoughtcrimes are subject to arrest by the Thought Police. It’s a dark, depressing society where everyone is equally miserable.
Similarly, the United Nations has described the rise of conspiracy thinking as “worrying and dangerous” and is providing the public with a toolkit to “prebunk” and “debunk” anybody who dares to suggest that the world governments are anything but completely honest, upstanding and transparent.
UNESCO has stated that, “if you are certain that you have encountered a conspiracy theory” on the internet then you must “react” immediately and post a relevant link to a “propaganda creating…” oops I mean a “fact-checking website” in the comment section.
(Never mind the fact that “fact checkers” are mostly untrained and unqualified hacks performing “fact checks” from the comfort of their room in between posting far-left political content on personal blogs and smoking weed.)
Remarkably, hidden in the fine print, UNESCO admit that conspiracy theories do exist. Under the heading “What is a real conspiracy?” the United Nations bureaucrats explain that “real conspiracies large and small DO exist.”
The UN’s new “NO THEORIES UNLESS THEY ARE PROVEN TRUE” rule!
It doesn’t really give you much room to think and investigate, does it?