Haha. Bad pun. Anyway, more George Case, this time from the eSkeptic of the 30th of December, 2004.
The blunt truth is that conspiracy theories very seldom make a solid case. Either they play on pre-existing prejudices (how corrupt you already take the government / the media / big business to be), or contradict each other (if the Iraq war is all about Halliburton contracts, then it canâ€™t be about Judeo-Christian millennial fanatics within the Bush administration; if the Mafia killed JFK, then the Freemasons are off the hook), or defy rational dispute (so the more the supposed conspiracy is denied, the more obviously there is one).
Case makes one of the commonest mistakes possible in respect to claiming that holders of Conspiracy Theories actually believe. Most Conspiracy Theorists about, say, 9/11, don’t hold all the different permutations. Whilst there is some common ground, mostly that they do not believe the official story about how the Twin Towers collapsed, they don’t necessarily believe that everyone thus cited for it really happening are all equally responsible. No, like protestant Christianity, there are a multiplicity of differing opinions and views.
Conspiracy Theorists really aren’t that dumb.
More disturbing is Case’s almost flippant dismissal of people writing on the prevalence of Conspiracy Theories. He really does seem to think that writing about Conspiracy Theories is not worth our time, which is a bit odd, given that he’s gone to all the effort to write something that tells us that.