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The Conspiracy Theory of History Revisited

February 15, 2008 by

Murray Rothbard writes: Anytime that a hard-nosed analysis is put forth of who our rulers are, of how their political and economic interests interlock, it is invariably denounced by Establishment liberals and conservatives (and even by many libertarians) as a “conspiracy theory of history,” “paranoid,” “economic determinist,” and even “Marxist.” These smear labels are applied across the board, even though such realistic analyses can be, and have been, made from any and all parts of the economic spectrum, from the John Birch Society to the Communist Party. The most common label is “conspiracy theorist,” almost always leveled as a hostile epithet rather than adopted by the “conspiracy theorist” himself.

It is no wonder that usually these realistic analyses are spelled out by various “extremists” who are outside the Establishment consensus. For it is vital to the continued rule of the State apparatus that it have legitimacy and even sanctity in the eyes of the public, and it is vital to that sanctity that our politicians and bureaucrats be deemed to be disembodied spirits solely devoted to the “public good.” FULL ARTICLE

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David Spellman February 15, 2008 at 10:07 am

Well, given that David Rockefeller admitted to conspiracy at the end of his biography, I guess we could take his word for it.

The key is that he thinks he is actually altruistic and “illuminated” whereas the rest of us are ingrates because we don’t appreciate being led with a ring in our noses.

Conspiracy is when a group of people are promoting an agenda that they know would be widely opposed if widely understood. They desire secrecy to shield themselves from opposition.

Ridiculing conspiracy is a means of protecting conspiracy, and the surest sign of conspiracy. I thought of trying to take over the world with a conspiracy when I was in high school. I find it hard to believe that I am the only person in the world who has come up with that idea, let alone acted upon it.

Jake February 15, 2008 at 10:42 am

David,

I don’t think you are alone in your idea.

“Pinky and The Brain” will run circles around you ? :-D

Keith February 15, 2008 at 12:08 pm

Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean somebody isn’t out to get you.

eric lansing February 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm

here’s a question for the peanut gallery…

did Nathan use insider info after Wellington defeated Napoleon or is that a myth?

Jake February 15, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Nathan was one of the Main Peanuts, so use of insider info can not be dismissed.

Math February 15, 2008 at 1:23 pm

“They” actually sued a author/journalist for writing that. “They” eventually lost in court.

(I suppose you mean the Rothschild family.)

Yancey Ward February 15, 2008 at 2:06 pm

There is a conspiracy to make me believe that I am paranoid!

Justin Bowen February 18, 2008 at 3:31 am

Just out of curiosity, where would religion fall in this discussion?

Ali Amiz Amoron March 4, 2008 at 2:48 am

From the post, “Surely only a moron will fail to realize that the tariff or quota was passed at the behest of lobbyists from the domestic steel industry, anxious to keep out efficient foreign competitors.”

Having seen the factories in China that produce steel and dump it in the US, I’d say the efficient foreign competitors you laud are in violation of basic human rights and subscribe to indentured servitude, not efficiency . Likewise, state intervention allows prices to be artificially lowered through state supply of raw goods, not innovation. Given the dramatic loss of domestic steel production in the US, have you created a conspiracy of your own, in claiming the doubtful existence of an effective domestic steel lobby?

This “moron” finds your example “ignorant”. Add “crass” for using a term of mental capacity in the pejorative rather than clinical sense. ..add “defeated and irrelevant” for the quotation marks around “public good”.

Inquisitor March 4, 2008 at 9:42 am

Exactly, how dare you question the good motives of lobbyists!

Ali Amiz Amoron March 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm

@Inquisitor – True to your nickname, you’ve got a flair for torture…quit whipping that lobbyist strawman above and try hitting us with insight and rigor?

Inquisitor March 4, 2008 at 7:40 pm

I fail to see how questioning the motives of lobbyists must necessarily lack insight and rigour. Especially when they are the ones who often have the most to gain…

Miklos Hollender April 1, 2008 at 5:04 am

Ali,

“Having seen the factories in China that produce steel and dump it in the US, I’d say the efficient foreign competitors you laud are in violation of basic human rights and subscribe to indentured servitude, not efficiency .”

But exactly that’s what won’t make the competitive in the long run. Slave labour is always inefficient – it can drive down the costs of one given product but harms the national economy as a whole.

StVenkman April 3, 2008 at 3:30 pm

Ali,

“But exactly that’s what won’t make the competitive in the long run. Slave labour is always inefficient – it can drive down the costs of one given product but harms the national economy as a whole.”

Do you have any examples of the inefficiencies of slave labor? I was under the impression that it has long been used as a catalyst for empire rather than a nail in the coffin.

TLWP Sam April 3, 2008 at 5:10 pm

I’d say it’s hard to prove that countries like China use ‘slave labour’. Does it only seem like ‘slave labour’ relative to Western countries? If in reality Chinese workers aren’t slaves but are doing very cheap labour tasks that don’t require expensive work conditions or equipment then their labour might be priced at the correct level. Whereas Western work conditions for menial work are disproportionate to the work required and as such is unnecessarily expensive hence companies choose China as their destination for affordable labour work. Actually I think it has already been pointed that there’s no real reason for anyone to be doing menial labour work in the West, or least expect anything other than a barebones paycheck for it.

joe August 16, 2008 at 9:31 am

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joe August 16, 2008 at 9:31 am

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