Conspiracy Definition — You Have to Start Somewhere

Most of our loyal readers can spot a conspiracy when they see one, but not everyone out there is as comfortable with the label. That’s why we are going to take a quick moment here to talk about the definition of a conspiracy. However, we are not talking dictionary definitions here. We are talking about what it means in the real world.

The conspiracy definition according to Merriam-Webster is simple. It’s a plot against something. Maybe unlawful. Maybe not. Some other sources quote a conspiracy as having to have a certain number of people involved, even going as far as to say that any plot between two people is a conspiracy. These definitions are true enough if you are getting technical, but we at Common Sense Conspiracy realize that the average person looking for the definition of a conspiracy on Google is probably not looking for these textbook definitions. They want insight into just what this magical word really means.

Around here, a conspiracy usually means a powerful entity trying to pull the wool over the eyes of a less powerful entity for its own advancement or advancement of its agenda. The most classic example of that would be your standard government conspiracy. Cover-ups are included. Think about the gun control debate. There are many in conspiracy circles that believe the gun control debate is really about the government finding a way to convince citizens to give up their weapons without a fight. It can get really deep from there, but that is the general concept behind that conspiracy theory. A lot of others revolve around the government trying to control things or give up other civil liberties. If it’s not that, then it’s the government trying to hide something that it believes will either cause hysteria or give the people more reason to stand their ground.

Government conspiracies are almost synonymous with conspiracy theories, but that is hardly the only type. Business is another realm where we often hear this term being tossed around. Then there are religious conspiracies a-plenty. However, at their roots, all of these types of conspiracies follow our general definition above. All conspiracies are going to probably involve a higher power trying to hold a lower power down for whatever reason.

So, we don’t know if we really cleared up anything, but it was worth taking a moment and a post to try to clear this up and help people out there that want a better picture of just what the “C-word” really means. They are all around, that’s for sure, and Common Sense Conspiracy will continue to shed light on them when it can.

One thought on “Conspiracy Definition — You Have to Start Somewhere”

  1. Do the conspirators have to actually conspire? I feel like a lot of these conspiracies can be explained just as easily by everyone with a vested interest in seeing something happen doing what it takes to make that thing happen. For example, gas stations all want their gas prices to be the same as every other one in town, or close enough. If you price higher than the station across the street, they’ll go to the other one, and if you price lower, that’s money you’ve left on the table. But it’s illegal for them to actually talk to each other about gas prices and collude, and I don’t think they do, most of the time. Yet the gas prices are always the same. It seems that they’ve figured out how to “conspire” without ever talking to each other. There’s a few ways you could do that, such as everyone following an industry-standard markup calculation, or just telling your employees that if the guy across the street raises or lowers his prices, they should too. Google suggests every dollar spent on gas in the US is divided roughly like this:
    Taxes: 13 cents
    Distribution and Marketing: 8 cents
    Refining: 14 cents
    Crude oil: 65 cents

    If this is consistent between companies it would mean that they all end up raising and lowering prices at the same time, because crude oil costs the same amount for everyone, as does the other stuff.

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