Conspiracy-a-Rama


#1

A return to the paranoid style in African-American politics

From time to time, something will leap out to me as an illustration of the fact that blacks and whites often inhabit separate realities. I’ve often told the story of the editorial in a black neighborhood newspaper in Philadelphia warning African-Americans to flee urban areas in the lead-up to the 2004 presidential elections because George W. Bush was planning to — this was presented as unquestionable fact – use nuclear weapons against the inner cities to suppress the black vote. This wasn’t somebody ranting on Twitter — this was in print, in a regularly published newspaper that was, in the early days of the 21st century, still a going concern.

I’ve come to call this sort of thing (with apologies to Richard Hofstadter) the paranoid style in African-American politics. Mild versions of conspiracy theories play a large role in mainstream American politics in the form of folk beliefs about how government works, the role of lobbyists and campaign contributions, and the like. For right-wing populists, it’s the “Establishment” and the “donor class,” for left-wingers it’s the Koch brothers, Big Oil, Big Money, Big Bigness, etc. We’ve all heard the story of how we could be running our automobiles on seawater if not for the fact that the petro-billionaires are suppressing the technology. The closer you get to the fringes, the more prominent the role of conspiracy theories. But it seems to me that conspiracy theory plays an outsize role in mainstream African-American political discourse.

Read more at: African-American Consiracy Theories | National Review Online
African-American Consiracy Theories | National Review Online

The things people will believe astonish me. My wife has a son who convinced her (among many similarly silly things) that simply placing a small cactus near my computer screen will protect me from radiation. Don’t ask.


#2

Do you ever watch Jesse Watters’ man in the street interviews? You will no longer be astonished.


#3

Remember the great Mayan Calendar end of the world craziness? I have another relative (on my wife’s side again of course) who bought a “assault” gun and thousands of rounds of ammo convinced there was going to be a societal collapse because the Mayan Calendar thing. She’s an ultra-liberal by the way.


#4

I just treat them all as true and move on with life. Hell for all I know I am an Illuminati sleeper agent.


#5

A liberal with a combat firearm?.. :awkward:


#6

Here’s one for ya! What if the REASON so many are so hot to create a ‘one-world government’ is because aliens have been in contact with us and have refused to pass on their superior technology–including FTL drive–unless and until the Earth is united under one government???


#7

[quote=“Pappadave, post:6, topic:47812”]
Here’s one for ya! What if the REASON so many are so hot to create a ‘one-world government’ is because aliens have been in contact with us and have refused to pass on their superior technology–including FTL drive–unless and until the Earth is united under one government???
[/quote]That’s easily refuted. We already have te FTL drive.


#8

Not possible. Wh have killed every alien that has ever tried to make contact. Those meteors in Russia…UFOs!!! We shot them down to scavenge their tech. How do you think we have progressed so far in the last 70 years. Come on man!! Use your brain!!!


#9

Meanwhile, these handsome fellows are looking on in amusement at humanity’s primitive technology…


#10

Oh yeah!!!

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