Bill Maher, Capitalism, Climate Change, Collapse of Industrial Civilization, Conspiracy Theorists, Corporate $tate, Corporate State, Corporatocracy, Eco-Apocalypse, Economic Collapse, Financial Elite, Gross Inequality, Inverted Totalitarianism, Military Industrial Complex, Peak Oil, Police State, Poverty, Security and Surveillance State, Social Unrest, The Elite 1%, The End of the World As We Know It, unwashed public, Wall Street Fraud, War for Profit
It’s been a while since I’ve posted one of these. I plan on doing an essay on conspiracy theories and the dangers they impose when large numbers of people subscribe to them. I decided on this idea the other day after trying to have a discussion with a coworker about the state of the world. I quickly discovered that his head was filled with UFO’s, lizard illuminati, climate change denialism, chip implants for all under Obamacare, and a one-world totalitarian government. The only place in his fantastical worldview I could find any connection with reality was in the idea that governments are becoming more authoritarian. Perhaps this is where so many conspiracy theories spring forth. With only the interests of a small elite being served and nearly everyone else disenfranchised from the institutions of government, people are desperate to find meaning in such an exploitative and fraudulent system that they grasp at any story, no matter how outlandish and otherworldly it may be. And with a faux democratic government fictitiously “serving the people” and becoming increasingly dictatorial as the economy craters, the wealth gap continues to skyrocket, the environment melts down, peak net energy bites, and climate change worsens, such conspiracy theories will only continue to supplant the real world in the minds of the unwashed masses.
The Future: Delusional Hope vs. Stark Reality
The Corporate State (aka the military–industrial–congressional complex) : It’s own worst enemy…
The Apocalypse commercialized: