One of the major changes in the past 50 years is the public’s attitude, in most countries, from believing most if not all of what the government publically stated, to almost categorically dismiss every public statement by authority as a lie. Today, the “conspiracy viewpoint” has largely become the standard – even more so in younger generations. ARTICLES
- 9/11 + 11/22 = Conspiracy2 (part 1) & (part 2)
9/11 formed a watershed event in the history of “conspiratorial thinking”. We look at the large framework, showing which items caused the controversy, as well as drawing parallels with the Kennedy assassination, to map the “progress” of conspiratorial thinking since 1963.
- Report from Iron Mountain
The “Report from Iron Mountain” was a 1967 publication that claimed to be a leaked, top secret government report. It argued that though world peace was a nice idea, the economy of war was such a vital part of global stability, it was difficult to come up with substitutes. A hoax? Satire? Or the truth? For more than three decades, the Report has been a cornerstone of intelligent debate… sometimes.
- From Eden to War
Is there a hidden hand manipulating world events, trying to set man against its own neighbour, promoting war whenever it can? William Bramley felt this was indeed the case and reported on his findings in his 1989 book “The Gods of Eden”, which amongst all the conspiracy books out there, sits within an often overlooked position.
- The Manchurian Candidate A novel and twice made into a movie, Condon’s creation seems fiction – as it seems so farfetched, could anyone believe it is real? Nevertheless, Condon accurately reported on then secret experiments. And perhaps the enormous scope and implications of the people and powers involved may also conform to reality.
- 1984: For the love of Big Brother
The concept of an “Orwellian” society was expressed by George Orwell in his epic novel 1984. Famous in the 1980s for its seemingly prophetic title when a world was facing the Cold War, it has since disappeared into the background… but perhaps its message has now become all the more important?
- V for Vendetta
From the makers of The Matrix Trilogy, V for Vendetta paints the story of a vengeful terrorist – or freedom fighter? – which, whether in Thatcherite Britain of the 1980s or Bush’s America after 9/11, has an eternal message.
- Wag the Dog
In 1997, the world at large was still relatively innocent about “political spin”. It is fair to say that the film “Wag the Dog”, despite not being the biggest of blockbusters, made an important contribution in the general public’s understanding of political spin.
- Conspiracy Theory
In 1997, Conspiracy Theory, due to the lead roles being played by Mel Gibson and Julia Roberts, introduced the movie audience to the mindset of a conspiracy theorist… who turns out to be correct.