Conspiracy Corner – The Donors Trust

Every Thursday, about 8:15am, Matthew talks with Ethan and Zac on 95bFM’s “Breakfast Show” about conspiracy theories.

Villainous organisations, if they want to keep their activities secret, need to have nondescript names. “The Evil Plot to Destroy All Humanity Billionaires Fund” may very well play to a certain class of wealthy donor (“How do I get in on some that oh-so-sexy human destroying mayhem?”) but it also stands out on the average tax receipt (“I’ve got a question about this 10 million dollar donation to ‘Kill the Poor’”).

Now, I’m not saying that “The Donors Trust” and “The Donors Capital Fund” are run by Bond villains, but I am saying that a donation (of at least US$1 million) looks innocuous unless you know that the only real thing both these funds invest in is promoting skepticism of Anthropogenic Climate Change.

The Donors Trust is the topic of this week’s “Conspiracy Corner”.

You can read more about the Donors Trust over at The Guardian and George Monbiot offers his view here. Meanwhile, bFM’s Green Desk talked with Kert Davies, the person who produced the study revealing the extent of the Donors Trust, can be listened to below.

About Matthew Dentith

Matthew Dentith wrote his PhD on epistemic issues surrounding belief in conspiracy theories. He is a frequent media commentator on the weird and the wonderful, both locally and internationally. On occasion he can be caught dreaming about wax lions but, mostly, it is rumoured he works for elements of the New World Order.
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