Barry SCHWARTZ (Barijo ŜVARC) (chemoelectric) wrote,

Conspiracy theory as a troubled relationship with authority figures

I have the last couple of days realized a feature of conspiracy theorism. In many cases, at least, it is almost plainly a manifestation of pathologically poor relation to authority figures. What these people are doing is choosing the theory available to them that symbolizes the greatest defiance of authority, even if the theory is far too stupid for a person of their caliber. (9/11 theories are easily among the stupidest theories ever devised.)

It is worth noting well that in this manner they are exhibiting only symbols of defiance, which is not actual defiance, at least as long as we are in a society (which ours still is) in which no governmental harm will befall one for embracing a conspiracy theory.

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