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The seeds of paranoia

I just woke up because my brain has no sense of time or space. I looked in my suggestions on Youtube, and one of the videos was about the Obama conspiracy that US soldiers are being trained to commit mass genocide and the first step is this talk about gun control.

Ever since the Alex Jones interviews, my suggestion box has been getting stuffed full of these, all of them at least 20 minutes long and use too many words to say nothing. This one was no different; talking about how Obama "clearly" isn't American or acting American (which is a stupid argument for many reasons), and something about socialism, communism, and Marxism. I'm not saying I don't remember what context those were in; the host and interviewee almost literally just bring it up as a sort of dog whistle to conspirators, and overall don't put forward any real evidence other than "wake up".

I could just ignore these, and for the most part I do, but at the same time, there are people who actually believe in all this stuff with the measly evidence that people like Alex Jones provide, and it's dangerous. It's dangerous for the obvious reason that it can and will inspire people to take violent action against what is for all intents and purposes a vague and invisible enemy. By taking up arms, you've first of all consigned yourself to death because whatever guns you managed to obtain in whatever way you could and whatever number of recruits you convinced to go to war is immediately and easily outnumbered and outgunned by the US military. I don't know how else to explain this. The military has stuff that makes all the hardware in gun stores look like sticks and stones by comparison.

Secondly, you've also committed yourself to killing what could be innocent people who have no involvement in the conspiracies you believe in, and with the very broad brush strokes used to paint the conspiracy, the people involved could be... anyone with a degree higher than a high school diploma or who is/was in the military. It'd be a new age of witch hunt.

Thirdly, and most importantly, you have also declared war against a vague and invisible enemy, defining no substantive objective or winning condition. Even if you managed to start a war with the entire US military and whatever other agency that would be involved and not get wiped out in the first two minutes, you have also committed yourself and whoever else leading the Revolution to fight that war for basically forever. The force you are up against is superior in every way possible and has shown it can easily outlast a war of attrition as we've seen these past 10 years in the Middle East. An occupation in our own country would actually be a lot easier because of the sheer number of army bases located throughout.

I don't know why these black helicopter conspiracies keep popping up. Maybe it's the mucked up education system in this country that caused people to start jumping at shadows. Maybe it's because some people took 1984 and turned it into dogma. Maybe there are glory hounds who look at the American Revolution and Normandy and wish they could be part of some big ol' war for freedom. Maybe people are trolling the public forum. Or maybe people just want to watch the world burn. I don't know at this point. What I do know is I want to be able to focus on the stuff I enjoy, and not have to look over my shoulder all the time for the Fourth Reich or some sociopath with a gun who thinks I'm a member of the Neo-Shutzstaffel.
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Added: 6 years, 2 months ago
6 years, 2 months ago
This kind of thing is incredible to me. The US Government is too incompetent to pull off anything remotely like this on purpose. I mean, they can barely manage what cloak-and-dagger nonsense they have right now; asking anything bigger of them would be laughable.

What really irritates me is that you don't need to make up conspiracies to see the system is rigged against you. Special interests control every aspect of government that could benefit you or me, and instead leaks money into their pockets, or makes things just a liiittle bit easier for them to screw you. Worker's rights, culpability to damages, personal privacy- all of these things are real and they've been peeled back systematically. That's the kind of thing they should be worried about and active in, but no. Just idiotic conspiracies, because they're seductive. :V
6 years, 2 months ago
Don't forget about immunizing the banks and Wall Street from legal persecution for playing Russian Roulette with the world economy and turning the prison system into a profit-driven company. But yeah, I get what you're saying. I watch the news daily or at least listen to it if I'm doing other stuff, and with all the actual provable corruption in the government and Wall Street, it's just dumb to pursue a fringe conspiracy. It's like Bill Maher's analogy about rooming with a meth addict (he was referring to Republicans, but whatever); you could deal with the actual problems, or you could deal with the ninjas in the air conditioning unit.
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