When we say “conspiracy theorist,” what image does it bring to your
mind? Let me guess. A crazy looking dude wearing a tin foil hat. Why is that? Well, for decades, the mainstream media and government establishment has worked overtime to convince everyone that anyone that questions the official account of things is nuts. It’s been a very successful campaign. Just the term being applied to a person severely damages their credibility. That’s what makes it so surprising to see common concepts from conspiracy theories over the years being bandied about in the mainstream media calmly.
False Flags Everywhere
Every good conspiracy theorists worth his salt knows what a false flag operation is. We’ve seen many events in our time that seemed like they could be false flags, but we have always been told that this is crazy talk and no government would ever do something to hurt its own people.
Well, welcome to 2022, where on the nightly news, terms like false flag and crisis actors are now just part of the rundown. Everyone up to the very President of the United States is proclaiming that Russia intends to unleash a false flag operation to give it a reason to invade Ukraine. Media outlets like CNN and The New York Times are reporting that videos coming out of Russian people being evacuated are actually staged.
Put simply, the nightly news would fit in right here at a conspiracy-driven website. Except here at Common Sense Conspiracy, we try to take a fact-based approach to these things. The media is doing exactly what they complain about others doing: reporting this as if it were fact. You have to admit, though, that no one should be able to spot misinformation on the part of another country better than the kings of it, the American mainstream media.
What’s a Good Conspiracy Theorist to Do?
If you think this means that being a conspiracy theorist is cool now, guess again. This is only going to hang around until it no longer benefits the people in high places and their agenda. After Donald Trump became President, the mainstream media actually had reports on why being a conspiracy theorists during his presidency meant you were a good patriot looking out for democracy. As soon as the election was done, any questioning of it put you firmly back in tin foil hat territory. Don’t think this sudden normalization of conspiracies will last.
Just remember when you hear them talk about these things that you are listening to the very people that told you conspiracy theories were fantasy playtime, but now they ask you to believe it without proof.
Does this mean they are wrong? No, not at all. Is it a stretch for us to believe that Putin has concocted a master plan to get the people of his country behind what might otherwise seem as an unnecessary war in Ukraine? Nope. Actually, he’s pulled this before, and it’s really nothing new at all on the world stage. The only thing new is that the American media and government is happy to talk about it. That in itself should tell you something about the news you are hearing.