How Conspiracy Theories Are Killing America

Conspiracy theories are actually #goals

Via Pink Floyd's The Wall

Conspiracy theories are #goals. As Hannah Arendt wrote, "the discovery of the Nazis was that the masses were not so frightened by Jewish world rule as they were interested in how it could be done."

The Nazis were quite openly inspired by their own conspiracy theories. As Himmler said, "we owe the art of government to the Jews," namely, to the Protocols which "the Fuhrer [had] learned by heart." This was a common antisemitic idea.

Footnotes from Hannah Arendt's Totalitarianism

If you read the Protocols of The Elders of Zion (don't), that blood libel against Jewish people sounds like a blueprint for what the Nazis actually did. The table of contents is the actual content of the Nazi regime:

This fraudulent document became the basis for actual policy. "Right Lies in Might" became "right is what is good for the German people." Hidden despotism became quite visible. A prophecy of war became World War II. Hitler never objected to an global racist conspiracy. He just wanted it to be his (imagined) race.

This is what's important to understand about conspiracy theories. They're aspirational. They're motivational. They're propaganda tools, and they build their own truth in time. People think these lies will just fall over because they're stupid, but that's missing the point. Saying a conspiracy theory is not true is like saying a hammer is not true. It's just a tool, in this case to hit people. The only truth required is 'does it hurt?'

Conspiracy theories clearly and simply tell a mob what their enemy is doing, and make it acceptable to do worse. The people that use them are telling you what they consider proportional behavior. They're telegraphing what they're about to do. Conspiracy theories are not just a fiction about the past. They're a real plan for the future. Like I said, #goals. America's enemies are quite clearly communicating what they're about to do, and they've already started doing it. Listen.