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      eridani
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      Anatomy of a Conspiracy Theory

      Why has antisemitism been such a dominant refrain in the formation of so many conspiracy theories? Well, for the following perhaps. A conspiracy theory is almost never about the attempt to explain a particular conspiracy in isolation. Rather it would be better be described as a world view; the endeavour to make sense of history more broadly by exposing and revealing its prime mover – the elite agency or group which is veiled and yet at the same time seems to have almost unlimited power and is thus capable of directing the stream of world historic events, channelling them in its favour. For this reason, the conspiracy theorist needs to alight on an entity which has some type of historical pedigree, which has exerted its power over time. This is why Enlightenment era secret societies often find favour: the Illuminati, the Freemasons and so on. These groups can be conceived of as having pulled history’s strings for centuries.

      The Rothchilds too provide a compelling target in this regard. Their family name can be traced back to the late sixteenth century and their rise to prominence occurred in the late eighteenth. In addition, however crude a conception of modern history the typical conspiracy theory mobilizes – it can rarely remain indifferent to the development of capitalism itself and the way a generalised market economy has more and more eroded and undermined traditional communities and the collective traditions and social bonds which hold them together. Institutions like the Freemasons might have had their own ideological quirks and peccadilloes but they nevertheless acted as a powerful nexus which could help unite prominent small town businessmen with one another and thus facilitate capital expansion in the context of a rising bourgeoisie which lacked the network of patronage and bloodline the traditional aristocracies of old could always fall back on.

      The way in which an emergent capitalism is facilitated by a rising bourgeoisie – the separation of the feudal peasant from the means of production on the land, the breaking down of the guilds and local tariffs of old, the creation of markets which more and more draw together on a national basis – such processes are often crystallised over centuries and are extremely nuanced, contradictory and complex. But what the conspiracy theory takes from them is the power of money in the abstract, before then hypothesising a semi-mythological entity which has an absolute control over the money supply (and the means by which it is facilitated in and through the activities of state and banking). The complex historical processes by which a capitalist economy begins to attain shape and form from within the interstices of the old feudal world – the formation of new social groups and classes, new methods of exploitation and new modes of conflict – are dissolved in favour of a generic and transcendental power which operates behind-the-scenes and consciously and successfully manipulates and controls every population, state and class in order to perpetuate its control over the world’s finances and resources. Concrete social categories and historical interests are replaced by an abstract and quasi-mythological narrative in which dark forces are counterpoised to the light.

      But every potent mythology requires a foundation story. And this, again, is where the Rothchilds come in handy. The story runs as follows: Nathan Rothschild, the founder of the London branch of the Rothschild bank, was present at the battle of Waterloo where Napoleon and the French Army were vanquished. Armed with the knowledge of the defeat, Nathan high-tailed it to England – galloping up to the coast of Belgium, boarding a ship in the dead of the night and braving churning, stormy waters, finally making it back to London in one piece before anyone there had knowledge of Wellington’s victory. He used what he knew to make a killing on the Stock Exchange, millions upon millions, and this became the means by which Rothschild capital was able to penetrate every bank, every state, and the Rothschild dynasty – constantly spreading, continually proliferating – was able to attain its hidden but iron-like grip on the levers of history forevermore. In fact these ‘events’ were ‘revealed’ several decades after the Napoleonic wars in the form of a mysterious and anonymous pamphlet whose writer signed off as ‘Satan’. Again, the anti-Semitic dimensions are writ large; not only in the sense of the Jew as ruthless and astute, prepared to risk anything in the pursuit of money, not only as a war-profiteer par excellence working from behind the scenes – but also that ‘Satan’ quite clearly taps into an earlier form of malignant anti-Semitism, that of the Jew as in some way demonic, as representing the figure of the anti-Christ.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      beeninthewoods
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      Wow. Counterpunch has become an apologist for the Rothschilds?

      • #167068
        eridani
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        No, for heaven’s sakes!.  He is explaining how people can get focused on personalities that have nothing whatsoever to do with the issue they are theorizing about.

        Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      Ohio Barbarian
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      Excellent article. I favorited this one, though I may be in the minority around here. I particularly like the paragraph on the 9/11 Truther bit about the CIA somehow pre-rigging the World Trade Center to collapse at just the right moment so that they could have a justification for their war, never mind that there was no hard evidence for that and no witnesses or participants in such a massive project ever came forward, and shit like that always leaks, in a few years, anyway. Never mind the fact that the lies of the Bush Administration to get us into invading Iraq were called out at the time by people like Bernie Sanders.

      The only thing I’ll add to the author’s great points is that conspiracy theories are fun for lots of people, for they get to feel they know “the Truth” that the ignorant masses refuse to believe. They also, in my view, give them an excuse to do nothing because the great evil force controlling the situation theorized about is simply too powerful to be opposed. OTOH, some conspiracy theories can be tragically dangerous. The Rothschild one gave fodder to the Nazis and assisted them in their quest to focus hatred on one ethnic group. The Pizzagate one almost led to a mass shooting in a pizza place.

      The historical truth is that most of the time real conspiracies of consequence don’t remain secret for long, and many happen in plain sight every day. The ongoing bribery of our elected officials and judiciary by wealthy interests is a continuing example.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

    • #167337
      lownslow
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      Architects and engineers for 911 truth. Wonderful website, mostly science, not much conjecture. University of alaska just finished a 4 year study on building 7, but you wont hear about it from mainstream outlets. Lee camp has a great segment on the study on redacted tonight.

    • #167394
      lownslow
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      Cointelpro, operations northwood and mk ultra were all ct until admitted by cia. Also look up 100 admitted false flags, the article makes some valid points but the author did not do their research. I know i sound all alex jones but our country and others do some messed up stuff, some secret, some to send a message, some limited hangout, and they throw some of the looniest stuff out there to muddy the waters. Mabye im wrong on some of this but there are some great investigative reporters out there way smarter than i doing great work. Gary Webb, anyone?

    • #167641
      Mick063
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      Money is funneled up to the elite and the workers are given the scraps.

      This is the real reason for war.

      The economic elite will qualify their wars by citing that victory will result in positive economic impact upon the working class, but the economic gain is, and will always be in their favor.

      This is why appeals for war support must always be supplemented by an appeal to nationalism and patriotism.

      "I welcome their hatred" Franklin D Roosevelt

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