The Search for Conspiracy

Sunday, July 5, 2020 – The Search for Conspiracy

He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends. ~ Oscar Wilde

You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. ~ Winston Churchill

I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it. ~ Voltaire

I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. ~ Voltaire

It is, I think, an indisputable fact that Americans are, as Americans, the most self-conscious people in the world, and the most addicted to the belief that the other nations of the earth are in a conspiracy to undervalue them. ~ Henry James

In countries where associations are free, secret societies are unknown. In America there are factions, but no conspiracies. ~ Alexis De Tocqueville

The best party is but a kind of conspiracy against the rest of the nation. ~ George Savile

The popularity of conspiracy theories is explained by people’s desire to believe that there is some group of folks who know what they’re doing. ~ Damon Knight

Politics is the conspiracy of the unproductive but organized against the productive but unorganized. ~ Joseph Sobran

Civilization is a conspiracy. Modern life is the silent compact of comfortable folk to keep up pretenses. ~ John Buchan

Anyone who knows how difficult it is to keep a secret among three men, particularly if they are married, knows how absurd is the idea of a worldwide secret conspiracy consciously controlling all mankind by its financial power, in real, clear analysis. ~ Oswald Mosley

The search for conspiracy only increases the elements of morbidity and paranoia and fantasy in this country. It romanticizes crimes that are terrible because of their lack of purpose. It obscures our necessary understanding, all of us, that in this life there is often tragedy without reason. ~ Anthony Lewis

Many journalists have fallen for the conspiracy theory of government. I do assure you that they would produce more accurate work if they adhered to the cock-up theory. ~ Bernard Ingham

The media, far from being a conspiracy to dull the political sense of the people, could be viewed as a conspiracy to disguise the extent of political indifference. ~ David Riesman

A conspiracy is nothing but a secret agreement of a number of men for the pursuance of policies which they dare not admit in public. ~ Mark Twain

Secrecy, being an instrument of conspiracy, ought never to be the system of a regular government. ~ Jeremy Bentham

The de facto censorship which leaves so many Americans functionally illiterate about the history of US foreign affairs may be all the more effective because it is not official, heavy-handed or conspiratorial, but woven artlessly into the fabric of education and media. No conspiracy is needed. ~ William Blum

Those who believe that major world events result from planning are laughed at for believing in the “conspiracy theory of history.” Of course, no one in this modern day and age really believes in the conspiracy theory of history – except those who have taken the time to study the subject. When you think about it, there are really only two theories of history. Either things happen by accident – neither planned nor caused by anybody – or they happen because they are planned and somebody causes them to happen. In reality, it is the “accidental theory of history’” preached in the unhallowed Halls of Ivy which should be ridiculed. Otherwise, why does every recent administration make the same mistakes as the previous ones? Why do they repeat the errors of the past which produce inflation, depressions and war? … If you believe it is all an accident or the result of mysterious and unexplainable tides of history, you will be regarded as an “intellectual” who understands that we live in a complex world. If you believe that something like 32,496 consecutive coincidences over the past forty years stretches the law of averages a bit, you are a kook! ~ Gary Allen, None Dare Call It Conspiracy, 1971

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the public is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country. ~ Edward Bernays

The drive of the Rockefellers and their allies is to create a one-world government combining super-capitalism and Communism under the same tent, all under their control… Do I mean conspiracy? Yes, I do. I am convinced there is such a plot, international in scope, generations old in planning, and incredibly evil in intent. ~ Congressman Larry P. McDonald, 1976

We must rid this nation of the United Nations, which provides the communist conspiracy with a headquarters here on our own shores, and which actually makes it impossible for the United States to form its own decisions about its conduct and policies in Europe and Asia. ~ John T. Flynn

The United Nations is the greatest fraud in all History! Its purpose is to destroy the United States. ~John Rankin

Judaism is a conspiracy against all races. ~ Tom Metzger

The individual is handicapped by coming face to face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists. ~ J. Edgar Hoover

People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices. ~ Adam Smith

In our schools, newsrooms, even our corporate boardrooms, there is a new far-left fascism that demands absolute allegiance. If you do not speak its language performed rituals recite its mantras and follow its commandments, then you will be censored, banished, blacklisted, persecuted, and punished. ~ Donald Trump, Mount Rushmore Speech, July 3, 2020

“A Conspiracy!” cried the delighted lady, clapping her hands. “Of all things, I do like a Conspiracy! It’s so interesting!” ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The wronger a conspiracy is, the better it is. ~ Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer’s Conspiracy

If we are on the outside, we assume a conspiracy is the perfect working of a scheme. Silent nameless men with unadorned hearts. A conspiracy is everything that ordinary life is not. It’s the inside game, cold, sure, undistracted, forever closed off to us. We are the flawed ones, the innocents, trying to make some rough sense of the daily jostle. Conspirators have a logic and a daring beyond our reach. All conspiracies are the same taut story of men who find coherence in some criminal act. ~ Don DeLillo

As a coping mechanism, or as a way to make a little hard count by shilling demons in the shadows, I try not to belittle the thought process of the conspiracy theorists. As a cocktail waitress in Vegas once schooled me, never get down on anybody else’s hustle. ~ John Ridley

In fact one thing that I have noticed is that all of these conspiracy theories all depend on the perpetrators being endlessly clever. I think you’ll find the facts also work if you assume everyone is endlessly stupid. ~ Brian E. Moore

The biggest conspiracy has always been the fact that there is no conspiracy. Nobody’s out to get you. Nobody gives a shit whether you live or die. There, you feel better now? ~ Dennis Miller

Why do we love the idea that people might be secretly working together to control and organize the world? Because we don’t like to face the fact that our world runs on a combination of chaos, incompetence and confusion. ~ Jonathan Cainer

Whenever you’re faced with an explanation of what’s going on in Washington, the choice between incompetence and conspiracy, always choose incompetence. ~ Charles Krauthammer

I’m not a conspiracy theorist. I’m a conspiracy analyst. ~ Gore Vidal

Nobody creates a fad. It just happens. People love going along with the idea of a beautiful pig. It’s like a conspiracy. ~ Jim Henson, regarding Miss Piggy

Society is one vast conspiracy for carving one into the kind of statue it likes, and then placing it in the most convenient niche it has. ~ Randolph Bourne

Society everywhere is in conspiracy against the manhood of every one of its members. The virtue in most requisite is conformity. Self-reliance is its aversion. It loves not realities and creators, but names and customs. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Any writer, I suppose, feels that the world into which he was born is nothing less than a conspiracy against the cultivation of his talent. ~ James Baldwin

Men are not suffering from the lack of good literature, good art, good theatre, good music, but from that which has made it impossible for these to become manifest. In short, they are suffering from the silent shameful conspiracy (the more shameful since it is unacknowledged) which has bound them together as enemies of art and artists. ~ Henry Miller, Big Sur and the Oranges of Hieronymus Bosch (1958)

Decency is indecency’s conspiracy of silence. ~ George Bernard Shaw

America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy. ~ John Updike

We must, all of us, learn actually not to have enemies, but only confused adversaries who are ourselves in disguise. ~ Alice Walker

One hearty laugh together will bring enemies into a closer communion of heart than hours spent on both sides in inward wrestling with the mental demon of uncharitable feeling. ~ William James