A Conspiracy – to Make Me Crazy

As you might recall from my post on the Batboy and batty bloggers about Obama, conspiracy theories abound on the web. I’ve recently learned that the folks who think Obama is a socialist or closet Muslim have it all wrong. Actually, he is “a creature and puppet of finance capital and of the Wall Street bankers and investment bankers, as represented by the Trilateral Commission, Bilderberg Group, Council on Foreign Relations, Skull and Bones Society, Ford Foundation, and Chicago School of Friedmanite economics.”

Of course, yes! I should have seen it.

PEOTUS the servant of rich white guys?

PEOTUS the servant of rich white guys?

That quote comes from the 440-page, unauthorized (ya think?) bio of the PEOTUS by Webster Tarpley, posted gratis on the Web. I’d come across Tarpley before, when I was researching a bio on George Bush I. (And here’s a little anecdote about that: I did the research, wrote the book, turned it in, and the client said, “Uh, this is really nice. But you were supposed to write about George W. Bush.” Oh, the mirth that spilled forth that day…)

Tarpley wrote a bio of pater Bush too, and I could see he put a lot of research into it, but he talked about stuff none of the other biographers did. I did some quick hunting on Tarpley and found he had ties to that political nutjob (or brave and great man, deep thinker and truth-teller, depending on your tolerance of cultish, neo-Fascist tendencies), Lyndon LaRouche. But did that mean Tarpley was wrong in his facts? I dunno, but again, nobody else went into the stuff he did. So either they were all wrong, or blind, or pressured into silence. Or Tarpley was just from another planet.

He turned his attention to 9/11 next, going with the big-gun conspiracy theory: U.S. intelligence agencies planned and carried out the whole thing, so the neocons in the administration would have the pretext for carrying out their plans of US control in the Middle East, which is just part of the larger plot – and this seems to be the focus of Tarpley’s thought – to extend Anglo-American control over the world for as long as possible. He sees British intelligence as being crucial to this, and either he or LaRouche (I can’t remember, and for once, I can’t even bother to check) said that the queen was involved in the drug trade, I guess to finance these efforts at world domination.

The older,less popular Mussolini

The older, less popular Mussolini

Now, back to Obama. Tarpley compares Obama to a young Mussolini, winning popular support with his charismatic speaking style. And Dreams from My Father, the author asserts, is Obama’s Mein Kampf, spelling out his plans for the future, much of it based on racial lines (but this time, the Aryans do not come out on top). And let’s see, Ann Dunham, Obama’s mother, was a “counterinsurgency operative” through her work with Ford Foundation and other international agencies, while the PEOTUS himself is “an operative in the services of the US financier ruling class.”

The plot was hatched, Tarpley claims, when Obama was an undergrad at Columbia. He was taken under the wing of Zbigniew Brzezinski, who was teaching there at the time, and the course was laid out for Obama to follow, ultimately ending at the White House (are you still with me?) I’ll give Tarpley one thing: Obama was very sketchy about those Columbia years in Dreams, and no one, including the Times, seems to have unearthed much about his time there. So, either he was a boring student, just doing his work. Or he was being groomed to carry out the self-serving plans of his diabolical overlords. I know which one would make a more interesting biopic.

I didn’t read the entire Tarpley book, though I was tempted, just to see how this story of calculation and fraud among the financial elite unfolds. I guess it’s becoming apparent, and I am chagrinned to admit it, but I am fascinated by this and other conspiracy theories. Part of me just wants to laugh. Part of me wonders if there’s any possibility that some – any – of this stuff could be true. Am I and everyone else I know just dupes, caught up in this Matrix-like mirage, and Webster and a few others are the only ones who understand the dangers we face?

One thing always strikes me about conspiracy theories so vast: With so many people involved, no one ever slips up, or deliberately spills the beans to avenge some slight or destroy someone else? No death-bed confessions, no sudden smack of morality, no Deep Throats? And for a grand scheme of world domination supposedly tied to 17th century England? That’s a little hard to believe. But is it harder to believe the government blew up not just the Twin Towers, but the building next to them? Or the guy who says he heard a boom and saw a guy running out of the basement of the WTC on 9/11, his arms singed from an explosion, just before the first plane hit? (Read about him in a New York Magazine article that also discusses the various flavors of 9/11 conspiracy theories and Tarpley).

Probably not. But still…

I feel myself getting sucked into this world of what-ifs and maybes, even though actual evidence is usually lacking, beyond stuff like, these guys went to school together, or someone was in the exact same place that something bad was happening. In my darker moments, I believe there are megalomaniacs evil enough to sacrifice 3,000 people so they can carry out very mad plans that serve only their own interests/ideologies. And how can there be evidence, the theorists say, when the media is co-opted or are part of the plot, and the strings are pulled by the most powerful financial, military, and political forces in our society? And forget about any Deep Throats; “suicides” and “accidents” are not always what they seem. They can be  ways of keeping information in check.

Words for our times

Words for our times

Trained as a historian and a journalist, I’ve put the quest for truth pretty high on my lifelong to-do list. And it’s clear that people in power often don’t want the truth to come out. So, could Obama be in the employ of the bankers, Skull and Bones, and the Bilderberg Group (which I never even heard of before yesterday; if you want conspiracy theories, give them a Google…or if you want a more restrained look, here’s an article from Slate). And 9/11 could have been hatched right here in the USA, not the caves of Afghanistan. And the intelligent citizens who buy the official li(n)e on everything are just stooges. Hmm….as D.P. Gumby once said so sagely, “My brain hurts!”

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~ by mburgan on December 19, 2008.

5 Responses to “A Conspiracy – to Make Me Crazy”

  1. Tarpley wrote a bio of pater Bush too, and I could see he put a lot of research into it, but he talked about stuff none of the other biographers did. I did some quick hunting on Tarpley and found he had ties to that political nutjob (or brave and great man, deep thinker and truth-teller, depending on your tolerance of cultish, neo-Fascist tendencies), Lyndon LaRouche.

    This may be churlish, and I may just be more attune to paying attention to this on such a narrow level, but that Bush book has for its dedication page a dedication to the “Political Prisoner” Lyndon Larouche, and on a number of occasions diverts from a narrative on Bush and calls Larouche “Bush’s most important Domestic Critic.” Read the book and no further need for “quick hunting” to discover that connection.

  2. Not churlish at all–I never actually saw the Bush book, just parts of it online. I guess seeing the dedication page would have cleared things up!

  3. An interesting bit I found today about conspiracy theorists, courtesy of Salon through the Situationist link above (Situation of Conspiracy…)

    But according to several experts in conspiracy theories, and in the psychology of people who believe in conspiracy theories, there’s little chance those people who think Obama is barred from the presidency will ever be convinced otherwise. “There’s no amount of evidence or data that will change somebody’s mind,” says Michael Shermer, who is the publisher of Skeptic magazine and a columnist for Scientific American, and who holds an undergraduate and a master’s degree in psychology. “The more data you present a person, the more they doubt it … Once you’re committed, especially behaviorally committed or financially committed, the more impossible it becomes to change your mind.”
    Any inconvenient facts are irrelevant. People who believe in a conspiracy theory “develop a selective perception, their mind refuses to accept contrary evidence,” Chip Berlet, a senior analyst with Political Research Associates who studies such theories, says. “As soon as you criticize a conspiracy theory, you become part of the conspiracy.”
    Evan Harrington, a social psychologist who is an associate professor at the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, agrees. “One of the tendencies of the conspiracy notion, the whole appeal, is that a lot of the information the believer has is secret or special,” Harrington says. “The real evidence is out there, [and] you can give them all this evidence, but they’ll have convenient ways to discredit [it].”
    Whatever can’t be ignored can be twisted to fit into the narrative; every new disclosure of something that should, by rights, end the controversy only opens up new questions, identifies new plotters.

  4. I suppose Carroll Quigley must be a ‘conspiracy theorist’ too. Which would make Bill Clinton one also. Damn that Quigley fellow for letting the cat out of the bag! Read this deranged lunatic at scribd.

  5. Had never heard of him before; very, ah, “interesting” fellow. One more conspiracy for me to worry about (or I guess the same as Tarpley’s but just with more detail).

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