The return of the paranoid style

Source: spiked
by Brendan O’Neill

“Conspiracy theories are the comfort blanket the clueless wrap themselves in. They’re the means through which people exasperated with politics and suspicious of democracy explain the workings of power. Apparently, it’s all done behind the scenes, in secret, with Masonic-like handshakes between media men who want to stay onside with politicians and politicians who want to hide the fact that they get fellated every now and then by crackheads in hotel rooms. Conspiracy theories are depressing and anti-democratic. They’re fatalism masquerading as criticism. The Obama is gay / Muslim / foreign crowd think they’re getting one over on a former president they detest, but in truth they’re revealing their own moral despondency, their turn from the reasoned sphere of political engagement into the warm, comforting swamp of doing nothing because ‘they’re all the same, they’re all liars, they’re all connected in a web of deceit.'” (09/09/23)