Kurt Eichenwald on the Danger of Conspiracy Theories
Agenda 21 is goofy, certainly, but I doubt it is the most damaging conspiracy theory out there. I mean, horrors because bike paths can't get built because of Agenda 21. Hey, I love bike paths myself and I am not a believer in the awful things that are coming as a result of Agenda 21. I probably put a couple thousand miles a year on my bike. I am more in agreement with the point about the anti-Vaxxers.
I do like that he gets the backwards nature of conspiracy theories although he does not explain it particularly well. The point is that CTists start with the conclusion (the government did it) and sift backwards, looking for evidence that will prop up that belief. I also like his point about the minute questions that the 9-11 Truthers ask. Here's one of my favorites from the supposed 91% unanswered widows' questions that Brian likes to natter on about:
Dick Cheney, Vice President of the United States
1. Please discuss the advice and plans of the Energy Advisory Council specifically as they relate to pipeline development and gas/oil exploration in Afghanistan, Iraq and other Middle Eastern countries, and the feasibility of such development or exploration specifically in those two countries in 2001.
Nothing to do with 9-11 except in some idiot's mind.
BTW, Lorie Van Auken claimed in 2007 that only 70% of their questions were unanswered; she must be a government shill:
“It was a pathetic excuse of a report,” says Lorie Van Auken, whose husband Kenneth was killed in WTC I. “Seventy percent of our questions went unanswered.