What Constitutes A "Conspiracy Theory"?

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    Specifically?
     
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    "A conspiracy theory is an explanation of an event or situation that invokes an unwarranted conspiracy generally one involving an illegal or harmful act carried out by government or other powerful actors. Conspiracy theories often produce hypotheses that contradict the prevailing understanding of history or simple facts. The term is a derogatory one."
     
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    That definition is insufficient. It suggests that two, or more “non governmental, or non “powerful actors” are incapable of conspiring... That simply isn’t true.
     
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    In my own words and I believe accurately described:
    A conspiracy theory is a suspicion that different or additional issues/people/circumstances were involved in a way that would or could change the official story. It is not necessarily a derogatory term when it is reasonable not to accept the official version as the whole story. It is used as a derogatory term, sometimes correctly and sometimes unjustly, by those who support the official version and believe the conspiracy theory is simply grasping at straws or a diversion from what happened.
     
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    Did you not address this part on purpose? :dunno:
     
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    You asked about "conspiracy theory" not "conspiracy" you idiot.
     
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    Yes. As it is subjective. Much like the core term in question. Therefore, redundant.
     
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    "conspiracy theory" is the label agents of the deep state put onto real facts and explanations presented by very intelligent internet users.
     
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    Only if you wish it to be subjective and redundant. Typically it's the conspiracy theories that are subjective therefore redundant.
     
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    No it doesn't. Conspiracies exist, obviously. But to fit as a "conspiracy theory," as the term is generally used, it is "generally....carried out by government or other powerful actors." That doesn't mean "only." And note that not all conspiracies that are carried out by governments etc are conspiracy theories. The Tobacco Industry's efforts and conspiracy against anti-smoking claims, and the Reagan Administration Iran-Contra affair, are not conspiracy theories as they both were warranted accusations.
     
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