Friday, February 16, 2007

Getting It Wrong

I spend a lot of time driving, so I have been downloading audio books from the local library to listen to. My latest book was the novel Getting It Right, by the conservative writer William F. Buckley. I was not so interested in the topic of the book, in fact I didn't even know what it was, as curious as to what type of fiction Buckley wrote. I am familiar with Buckley of course from the National Review, as well as the Firing Line television series.

In any case, the novel is an historical drama about factions within the conservative movement in the late 50's and early 60's. While somewhat interesting if you have an interest in political history, it is not that great of a novel, and not of general interest to the readers here, but part of the plot really stood out.

Buckley goes into great detail on the antics of the John Birch Society. The JBS, was originally founded in the 50's, with the relatively reasonable goal of opposing global communism. Buckley in fact, initially supported them. It did not stop there however, they quickly fell into madness, and started accusing just about every government official (including President Eisenhower) of being part of a global communist plot. In their eyes the communists secretly pulled the strings of western society, and the US was little more than a puppet government, a charade put on to disguise their true intentions of global hegemony. In their eyes even the Korean and the Vietnam Wars were little more than a sham, or a diversion.

So after a few years of this insanity, the conservative movement, led largely by Buckley's own magazine, denounced the John Birch Society as the paranoid crackpots they were, and largely purged them from any respectful status in American political life. How does the JBS respond of course? By denouncing their critics, claiming that they too were corrupt, that they were part of the conspiracy, that they were either communists themselves, or bought off by communist money. The Society insisted that the attempts people made to attack them, only further proved the truth of their claims of conspiracy.

The entire time I was reading this, I couldn't help but think, "Why does this sound so familiar?"

14 Comments:

At 16 February, 2007 11:53, Blogger Alex said...

It's a recurring theme in conspiracy land. Whether it's the holocaust deniers, moon hoaxers, or 9/11 idiots, they all start off with an outlandish premise, provide a god-of-the-gaps argument, and then weave an intricate web of conspirators to try and explain away all of the evidence and all of their critics. That's because all of these conspiracy theories require a special mindset, a lot of hubris, and a total lack of logic. It's also why most people who believe in one conspiracy theory will usually believe in several others as well - because all of these theories are based on the same type of "logic" and "research".

 
At 16 February, 2007 11:58, Blogger 911_truthiness said...

Were not the Birchers the one who claimed fluoridation was a commie plot to as in the words of the great General Jack Ripper

Poison our precious bodily fluids.

 
At 16 February, 2007 13:59, Blogger The Artistic Macrophage said...

It is amazing how the CTists find it impossible that the world could just be full of random, unrelated, independent events and organizations...oh no, to them the world is an intricate web of the "haves" who rule the "havenots" but do so secretively, so as not to incur the wrath of the masses that make up the "have nots".

TAM

 
At 16 February, 2007 14:26, Blogger shawn said...

It is amazing how the CTists find it impossible that the world could just be full of random, unrelated, independent events and organizations

I blame the media and schools. We're fed history as if it were a single, overarching narrative instead of the complex set of events and people it truly is.

 
At 16 February, 2007 15:47, Blogger Evil said...

I blame the media and schools.

I blame the Illuminati and the Secret Zionist Masters™...

Oops, I've said too much. Err, forget you read that.

 
At 17 February, 2007 03:49, Blogger The Girl in Grey said...

I used to be a conspiracy theory believer. But then I started reading and thinking outside the box, and my inquiring mind made me sceptical of the cospiracy theories as well.

Also I stopped watching the X-Files.

 
At 17 February, 2007 09:19, Blogger Swing Dangler said...

I guess I do believe in conspiracies for the simple fact that many of the world's greatest thinkers, leaders, and economists have commented on their reality and existence. I guess I would rather be in their camp, than yours.

And to think most of you, and suprisingly you, TAM, believe the world operates on a set of random circumstances. I suppose all of the following men listed below are nutbars as well.

A few quotes from those who know..

"THE COUNCIL ON FOREIGN RELATIONS (C.F.R.) IS THE AMERICAN BRANCH OF A SOCIETY WHICH ORIGINATED IN ENGLAND AND BELIEVES NATIONAL BOUNDARIES SHOULD BE OBLITERATED AND ONE-WORLD RULE ESTABLISHED." The Organization's aim is "NOTHING LESS THAN TO CREATE A WORLD SYSTEM OF FINANCIAL CONTROL IN PRIVATE HANDS ABLE TO DOMINATE THE POLITICAL SYSTEM OF EACH COUNTRY AND THE ECONOMY OF THE WORLD AS A WHOLE.....I KNOW OF THE OPERATIONS OF THIS NETWORK BECAUSE I HAVE STUDIED IT FOR TWENTY YEARS AND WAS PERMITTED FOR TWO YEARS, IN THE EARLY 1960s, TO EXAMINE ITS PAPERS AND SECRET RECORDS."
--- Carroll Quigley (Georgetown University Professor and mentor to Bill Clinton) from his book, 'Tragedy & Hope: A History of the World in Our Time'

"NATIONHOOD AS WE KNOW IT WILL BE OBSOLETE, ALL STATES WILL RECOGNIZE A SINGLE, GLOBAL AUTHORITY...NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY WASN'T SUCH A GREAT IDEA AFTER ALL."
--- Strobe Talbott (U.S. Deputy Secretary Of State; Council On Foreign Relations member) writing in Time magazine, July 20, 1992.


"THE REAL RULERS IN WASHINGTON ARE INVISIBLE, AND EXERCISE POWER FROM BEHIND THE SCENES."
--- Supreme Court Justice, Felix Frankfurte


"NEW WORLD ORDER MEANS THE U.S. AND OTHER NATIONS AGREE TO BE GOVERNED BY A RULE OF LAW....APPLYING THIS ON A WORLD SCALE MEANS...GLOBAL LAW, BREACHES OF WHICH WILL BE PUNISHED SWIFTLY AND WITH CERTAINTY."
--- Caspar Weinberger (former U.S. Secretary Of Defense), writing in Forbes magazine, Feb. 15, 1993.
Quoted in 'One World' by Brooke.

"TODAY, I SAY THAT NO NATION IN THE WORLD NEED BE LEFT OUT OF THE GLOBAL SYSTEM WE ARE CONSTRUCTING."
--- Madeleine Albright (sic), U.S. Secretary Of State, speaking at the Harvard University commencement, 1997.

"Last, but by no means least, courage-moral courage, the courage of one's convictions, the courage to see things through. The world is in a constant conspiracy against the brave. It's the age-old struggle-the roar of the crowd on one side and the voice of your conscience on the other."
Douglas MacArthur

"From the days of Sparticus, Weishophf, Karl Marx, Trotski, Belacoon, Rosa Luxenburg, and Ema Goldman, this world conspiracy has been steadily growing. This conspiracy played a definite recognizable role in the tragedy of the French revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the 19th Century. And now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their head and have become the undisputed masters of that enormous empire."--Sir Winston Churchill

"The world is governed by very different personages
from what is imagined by those who are not behind the scenes."

Benjamin Disraeli
(1804-1881) First Prime Minister of England


"The ruling class has the schools and press under its thumb.
This enables it to sway the emotions of the masses."
Albert Einstein
(1879-1955) Physicist and Professor, Nobel Prize 1921

"Whoever controls the volume of money in any country
is absolute master of all industry and commerce."

James A. Garfield
(1831-1881) 20th President of the United States (1881)

"The real menace of our Republic is the invisible government which like
a giant octopus sprawls its slimy legs over our cities states and nation.
At the head is a small group of banking houses generally referred to as
'international bankers.' This little coterie... run our government for
their own selfish ends. It operates under cover of a self-created
screen...[and] seizes...our executive officers... legislative bodies...
schools... courts... newspapers and every agency created for the public
protection."

Quote by:

John F. Hylan
Mayor of New York 1918-1925

"In politics, nothing happens by accident.
If it happened, you can bet it was planned that way."

Franklin D. Roosevelt
(1882-1945), 32nd US President
One of my favorites!


"It is also important for the State to inculcate in its subjects an aversion to any outcropping of what is now called 'a conspiracy theory of history.' For a search for 'conspiracies,' as misguided as the results often are, means a search for motives, and an attribution of individual responsibility for the historical misdeeds of ruling elites. If, however, any tyranny or venality, or aggressive war imposed by the State was brought about not by particular State rulers but by mysterious and arcane 'social forces,' or by the imperfect state of the world -- or if, in some way, everyone was guilty -- then there is no point in anyone's becoming indignant or rising up against such misdeeds. Furthermore, a discrediting of 'conspiracy theories' will make the subjects more likely to believe the 'general welfare' reasons that are invariably put forth by the modern State for engaging in aggressive actions."

Murray N. Rothbard
(1926-1995) Dean of the Austrian School of Economics

"We shall have World Government, whether or not we like it.
The only question is whether World Government will be achieved
by conquest or consent."

Quote by:

James Paul Warburg
(1896-1969) son of Paul Moritz Warburg, nephew of Felix Warburg and of Jacob Schiff, both of Kuhn, Loeb & Co. which poured millions into the Russian Revolution through James' brother Max, banker to the German government while speaking before the United States Senate, February 17, 1950

As far as flouride goes...commie plot, no idea. Health concerns, you bet!

“I’ve asked for four years now, ‘Show me good, credible studies that say fluoride is safe to add to drinking water, and I’ll vote for it,’ ” said Dr. Alan Bates, the Democratic senator from Ashland. “And there aren’t any.”

He was echoed by Laurie Monnes Anderson, a Democrat and registered nurse who represents Gresham in the Senate.

“I have concerns about the scientific studies … that say there are real health threats from water fluoridation,” she said.

• A study published in Harvard University’s cancer research journal that found a strong link to a rare, often fatal form of bone cancer called osteosarcoma, which strikes about 250 boys each year.

• A paper published in the British medical journal, The Lancet, that cited fluoride as being among a slew of insufficiently studied chemicals with a documented potential for neurological effects that could help explain a global “pandemic” of developmental disabilities, like attention deficit disorder and autism.

• A report by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Sciences — the equivalent of the USA’s national team of science — which cited credible research that even at low levels of exposure, fluoride could have subtle effects on the development of the body’s endocrine and hormonal systems, as well as IQ.

http://www.portlandtribune.com/news/story.php?
story_id=116915487295110600

Enjoy your water and toothpaste everyone!

 
At 17 February, 2007 09:27, Blogger Alex said...

I guess I do believe in conspiracies for the simple fact that many of the world's greatest thinkers, leaders, and economists have commented on their reality and existence.

Sorry Bud, Ahmadinejad, Castro, and Chomsky don't qualify as "the worlds greatest thinkers, leaders, and economists".

 
At 17 February, 2007 10:10, Blogger James B. said...

Wow, Swing is a Bircher, who knew. Kill a commie for mommy.

 
At 17 February, 2007 10:57, Blogger Alex said...

Like I said earlier:

all of these conspiracy theories require a special mindset, a lot of hubris, and a total lack of logic. It's also why most people who believe in one conspiracy theory will usually believe in several others as well - because all of these theories are based on the same type of "logic" and "research".

It was very nice enough of Swinger to provide us with an actual example of this effect.

 
At 17 February, 2007 18:07, Blogger shawn said...

I guess I do believe in conspiracies for the simple fact that many of the world's greatest thinkers, leaders, and economists have commented on their reality and existence.

No matter how great a thinker, you still shouldn't take their word for it.

For instance, Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn are more well-read than I could ever hope to be and you'd get a better view of history reading something I wrote than anything they've written. You don't seem to understand that some people put ideology above truth - to them ideology is truth, not the real world. Then again, you seem to be part of that group.

 
At 18 February, 2007 09:27, Blogger CHF said...

Notice how Swing didn't quote a single expert on BUILDINGS.

 
At 19 February, 2007 06:28, Blogger Stevew said...

Chf
He has no experts or anything else to back up his 5000 words of mindless babble

 
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