What Constitutes A "Conspiracy Theory"?

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    Anything a given mod wants it to be based upon their personal bias.
     
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    The OP can speak for himself as to what he himself believes to be conspiracy theory.

    But some example of conspiracy theory as I see the phenomenon:

    1. Those who believe the moon landing was faked or that the Holocaust never happened. Such conspiracy theorists rarely include anybody in government or in any kind of power role.

    2. Those who believe 911 or a cover up of what actually happened was a government conspiracy intended to convince us that it was an Islamic terrorist action. Such people are rarely if ever involved with government or are in positions of power.

    3. Those who believe there were multiple gunmen involved in the JFK assassination. Again such people are rarely if ever involved with government or are in positions of power.

    4. Those who believe that climate scientists deliberately falsify or alter evidence so that they can push a doctrine of dangerous or deadly climate change that must be proactively addressed by government. Such people are often not in government or other positions of power.

    etc.

    None of these fit the definition as provided in Post #2.
     
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    I dont think you read the description accurately. Its not the fruit cake that is in the government or position of power. Its the people involved in said suspected conspiracy.
     
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    Some people's DNA simply does not allow for them to distinguish between conspiracy theories and conspiracy facts. Look at all the events in our world that were once painted as conspiracy theories, that today are known to be true.
     
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    Like what?
     
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    Such as? Suspicion and accusation of a conspiracy is not the same thing as a "conspiracy theory."
     
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    There is a really neat thing called google. Type something like "conspiracy theories proven true" and see what you get.

    Or, try "Operation Northwoods." Especially if you believe that "our government" would never plan to harm Americans.
     
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    I have no illusions about what the government is capable of doing. I looked up Operation Northwoods. It was something that was proposed but never carried out. I 'm asking what conspiracy theory has ever been proven to be true?
     
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    Countless criminal investigations begin as conspiracy theories.
     

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