Last week, I wrote about the strange conspiracy theory known as Project Bluebeam, which contends that fake alien invasions will be used to create a global tyranny. Before that, Peregrin Wood wrote about the odd idea that Homo Capensis, a species of human-alien hybrids, has been working behind the scenes for tens of thousands of years to enslave Homo sapiens.
These are silly ideas, but they seem rather harmless. As delusions go, they’re entertaining, full of flamboyantly absurd ideas.
So, why bother debunking them? Sane, intelligent people will be able to tell that these strange stories are nothing more than elaborate fantasies, right?
Actually, sane and intelligent people are capable of believing all manner of strange ideas, even ideas for which there is no evidence. Large numbers of Americans believe in the literal reality of ghosts and angels. When videos of raccoons with mange show up on YouTube, people will spread the news that the Chupacabra has finally been found. Entire political movements in the United States are not only centered around the claim that the Earth is only 6,000 years old, and that people co-existed with dinosaurs not too long ago, but seek to force public schools to teach this belief as scientific fact.
It is commonly argued that these kinds of beliefs should be spared from criticism because they don’t harm anybody. If my neighbor wants to believe that cattle mutilations in Texas prove the existence of an Illuminati plot to infiltrate American manufacturing, it doesn’t do me any harm, right?
What if, among your neighbor’s ramblings, there were references to the Zionist victimization of the honorable Nazi Party? That’s just the sort of thing that can be found over at the conspiracy theorist site Pakalert Press.
One of the site’s most consistent writers, going under the pseudonym “Truther”, has written about coming revelations about extraterrestrial civilizations from the World Economic Forum, and about how the Denver International Airport contains a secret headquarters for the Antichrist and his Satanist minions. Truther’s most recent revelations contain claims that Malaysian Airlines flight MH370 is intact, having been taken to a secret location by a military escort, and the assertion that Stonehenge is a hoax that was constructed using modern equipment in 1954.
Mixed in with these apparently random absurd ideas is something more sinister. Two weeks ago, Truther wrote an article purporting to prove “How the Holocaust Was Faked”. In that article, Truther writes, “The Jewish Bolshevik terrorists who overthrew the Russian monarchy during WWI and their allies – the USA and the UK, primarily – committed the real atrocities and genocides against the German people and their sympathizers during and after WWII… Jewish propagandists have entirely reversed the reality of the situation using their control of the media, and have blamed the Germans for starting the war and committing all the alleged atrocities, when in reality the Germans and their allies were the most disciplined, honorable and righteous forces fighting in that fratricidal Jewish-instigated war. The German people and their allies were the ones who experienced a genuine holocaust – a real genocide – during WWII, not the Jewish population of Europe. The simple fact of the matter is that the “Holocaust” narrative – 6 million Jews persecuted, abused, and systematically exterminated by ‘those evil Nazis’ during WWII – endlessly promoted and perpetuated by the Jewish-owned mass media.”
Here in the United States, people are free to believe whatever they want, and to speak whatever they want. I have no wish to prohibit Pakalert Press from publishing whatever form of vile racism it wants to publish. However, I also have constitutional rights, and I intend to use those rights to expose the blatant falsehoods of Pakalert Press and other right wing conspiracy theory sites like it.
When these sites publish wildly ridiculous conspiracy theories, they do so with a purpose. They seek to stretch the limits of our credulity, encouraging people to adopt the posture of holding an open mind even in regard to ideas for which there is no evidence at all. If we accept this posture, when these sites unleash politically-motivated conspiracy theories, we are in no position to judge.
How could we judge assertions that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, or that Jews were the real villains of World War II, simply because there’s no real evidence for any such thing, when we were willing to accept the possibility that an advance force from the shadow planet of Niburu could have already infiltrated the Federal Reserve?