I want to take a little time this week to talk about conspiracy theories. It seems like there are so many out there that it is hard to keep track of them all. Libertarians seem to get caught up in them more than most for some reason. Of course not every libertarian, or even a sizable fraction of libertarians are conspiracy nuts, it just seems that way because of people like Alex Jones and the like. Libertarians are actually more informed than Republicans or Democrats on political philosophy. This is true because in order to call yourself a L(l)ibertarian there would have had to, at one point or another, been some reading done as to what exactly L(l)ibertarians believe and why. This is not true for the major parties. Generally, you are a Republican or Democrat based on what your parents were, much like religion. You might be wondering at this point, for instance, what the difference is between a Libertarian and a libertarian. Google it. If you decide to do that you will run across terms like, “classic liberal”, “minarchist”, “anarcho-capitalist”, “anarchist” and a bunch of others. When you look at who believes conspiracy theories, Democrats do when a Republican is in office, Republicans do when a Democrat is in office and Libertarians do when either is in office. I think we fall into the conspiracy trap is due to our visceral mistrust of the government.
The big conspiracy theory making the rounds this week is the military training operation Jade Helm 15 and the Walmart closings. The conspiracy theory goes something like this, Walmart is being paid by the government to turn the 5 closed stores into FEMA death camps when Jade Helm 15 starts actually pulling people out of their homes during the military exercise that is just a cover and precursor to martial law. The home invasions and town raids will be videotaped to be used later in news stories. The stock footage will be used as brand new footage of an enemy invasion, and paid actors will be used to reenact riot scenes, much like the Boston marathon bombings. The media will act as willing accomplices in the charade, of course. Obviously since there will be the appearance of an invasion, Obama will have to declare martial law on the whole country and postpone elections indefinitely, making him the permanent president and eventually dictator supreme. I’m sorry if I missed anything. That was actually just a hodge-podge of all the different theories I read about on Facebook this week.
Seriously? Can we not do this please? 9/11, Eugenics, New World Order, Illuminati, chem-trails, Rothschilds, killer vaccinations, moon landing hoax, Kennedy assassination, population control, Builderberg, Katrina, Boston Marathon bombings, Sandy hook and the countless others I can’t think of off the top of my head weren’t enough? Now we have to add Walmart FEMA death camps? At least do me the favor of finding out how martial law works before you go down this road. Do me the favor of looking at much simpler explanations if you don’t like the “plumbing issues” reason given by Walmart. The labor union dispute reason that some are claiming is at least plausible, but who knows? Do me the favor of resisting the urge to comment on the articles written by unknown authors, writing for little know websites, shared by anonymous people on a Facebook page with thousands of followers that advocate for this conspiracy theory(or some version of it). Do me a favor and let this one die. When we perpetuate these kinds of things it makes it much more difficult to have serious conversations about things that really matter.