This Is Not Your Father's Conspiracy Theory

Conspiracy theories have been around for centuries, if not millennia. Conspiracy theories offer explanatory models of complex events to large audiences of the unsophisticated and under-educated. [1]  In the past these conspiracy theories gave us rather fascinating alternative explanations of reality or seeming realities that proved entertaining and interesting but ultimately, with a few exceptions, harmless. [2]  That cannot be said of our present era.  September 11 conspiracy theories undermine our democratic nation's war against the theocratic forces of radical, Jihadi-driven Islam, and could prove extremely dangerous in the long run.  It is these particular conspiracy theories I wish to criticize as well as argue that they are in many ways different from most of the preceding ones.  Like many of their predecessors, 9/11 conspiracy theorists claim a special insight into the events of that day. However, these 9/11 conspiracy...(Read Full Article)