Former Federal Reserve Governor Lawrence Lindsey a conspiracy theorist. Lawrence Lindsey has been sitting in the seats of power and for certain he is not a wild eyed, irrational madman. Conspiracies in government and among the ruling elites exist, they have always existed. To assume that criminal conspiracies, which are what the the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) was designed to suppress is simply restricted to certain groups but not our elites is a travesty of intellectual gymnastics and self-delusion.
Because powerful norms discourage Americans from questioning the integrity of their top leaders, and because anyone who raises such questions is likely to be seen as a “conspiracy theorist” who may be mentally unbalanced, the topic has been almost completely ignored by scholars. Social scientists have studied various forms of state crime, but in almost every case the potential for public officials in liberal democracies to subvert democratic institutions has been disregarded.
If conspiracy deniers are so concerned about the dangers of conspiratorial suspicions in American politics and civic culture, why have they ignored the conspiracism of U.S. politicians?
Antidemocratic conspiracies can also be called “elite political crimes” and “elite political criminality.
concerted actions or inactions by government insiders intended to manipulate democratic processes and undermine popular sovereignty.
If some conspiracy theories are true, then it is nonsensical to dismiss all unsubstantiated suspicions of elite intrigue as false by definition.
Those who now dismiss conspiracy theories as groundless paranoia have apparently forgotten that the United States was founded on a conspiracy theory. The Declaration of Independence claimed that “a history of repeated injuries and usurpations” by King George proved the king was plotting to establish “an absolute tyranny over these states.”
The Founders considered political power a corrupting influence that makes political conspiracies against the people’s interests and liberties almost inevitable.
The Founders would view today’s norms against conspiratorial suspicion as not only arrogant, but also dangerous and un-American.
=Conspiracy Theory in America (Discovering America) (deHaven-Smith, Lance)
Another hit was recently attempted on the rising culture of educated people: people educated about “conspiracies.” Mainstream academic institution the University of Kent published a study claiming that conspiracy theorists tend to be narcissistic.
A Daily Mail article sports the headline “Believe in conspiracy theories? You’re probably a narcissist: People who doubt the moon landings are more likely to be selfish and attention-seeking.” Right: the University of Kent experts have really pinned down the root psychological machinations of a conspiracy theorist.
Like other recent attacks on “conspiracy theorists” in mainstream academia, they associate “moon landing conspiracy theories” with all kinds of other historically proven, irrefutably true facts.