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Why do people believe in conspiracy theories?

"People that believe in conspiracy theories are not dumb." Half of Americans believe in conspiracy theories ... here's why. Special thanks to Abbie Richards

11/25/2020 8:30 PMupdated: 11/25/2020 9:33 PM

21 comments

  • Michael S.
    12/22/2020 17:55

    Cause the mainstream media has zero credibility.

  • Jean E.
    12/16/2020 11:57

    https://www.dailydot.com/debug/qanon-ben-gibson-arrest/

  • Ray K.
    11/29/2020 20:32

    9/11 was never fully investigated to begin with.

  • James H.
    11/29/2020 13:54

    I do not accept "conspiracy theories" but I do consider conspiracies as a reality to be considered... (It's better to not 'believe' in anything; judge and accept according to empirical evidence and what you see to be 'reasonable' explanations.)

  • Gustavo A.
    11/27/2020 02:24

    our educations are not creating people that can create new stuff our educations are not creating people that can question stuff our educations are not creating people that can demand or create real evidence of stuff our systems are creating ego-maniacs that believe whatever fulfills their hurt egos - so a youtube streamer or a whatsapp share from a phony website becomes an authority. what makes me believe that hurt egos is the guiding thread is that both the powerful and science are discredited together. science? they probably struggled at school, so sciency stuff hurts them. powerful people? they are probably doing bad in life, so it has to be because of some terrible plot, and not due to their incompetence.

  • Michael W.
    11/26/2020 16:47

    wrong, they are idiots

  • Jess K.
    11/26/2020 12:03

    Causes of WW1, WW2 & possibility WW3 shares similar characteristics of green envy, greed and coveting other nations resources https://covertactionmagazine.com/2020/10/25/fools-crusade-why-united-states-provocations-towards-china-will-lead-to-disaster/ World War III nearly erupted on August 25, 2020, when a U.S. spy plane flew into Chinese air space while the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) was conducting drills.[2] Conversely, in 1963 and 1965, China shot down U2 spy planes, while capturing and imprisoning the pilots, though this time, with the international stakes much higher, Beijing did not take the bait.[3] Provocative military policies have been accompanied by attempts to blame China for the spread of Covid-19, which President Donald Trump called “Kung Flu.” Trump’s administration has also (1) imposed high tariffs on China, (2) approved over $13 billion in arms sales to China’s enemy, Taiwan, (3) helped fast track a $3 billion sale of General Atomics drones to India whose armed forces clashed with the Chinese in June, and (4) blacklisted Chinese companies for China’s alleged aggression in the South China Sea.[4] Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated, in a speech at the Nixon library in Yorba Linda California, that if we want to have a free 21st century, and not the Chinese century of which Xi Jinping dreams, the old paradigm of blind engagement with China simply won’t get it done. We must not continue it and we must not return to it.[5] On July 21st, The New York Times ran a front-page article highlighting the revival of the Committee on the Present Danger, a Cold War organization that called for greater military spending to meet the Soviet threat, but whose focus is now on China.[6] Democratic Party contender Joe Biden has at times been even more hawkish than Trump, telling Foreign Affairs that the U.S. needed to get tough with China, and calling Chinese leader Xi Jinping a “thug” who “doesn’t have a democratic bone in his body.”[7] Biden and Trump’s approach appears to be supported by much of the U.S. public, as a recent poll by the Pew Research Center found that 73 percent of Americans had an unfavorable view of China, the highest in at least 15 years. Is the U.S. Jealous? There are a variety of factors underlying these negative views, but one clear one is jealousy. While American cities are plagued by riots, quality-of-life indicators drop[9], and the country implodes under Trump’s presidency, China, despite glaring inequalities, is in many ways prospering, and could conceivably supersede the U.S. as the dominant global power in the next half century. Significantly, in the last decade, China has taken the lead in the race for worldwide patents, outpaced America in education, expanded its reach considerably in Africa, and launched the world’s fastest supercomputer. Its response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been more effective and its economy is expected to surpass America’s by around 2030.[10] Over the past forty years, China has lifted 850 million of its citizens out of poverty and from 1978-2018 averaged an impressive 9.5% economic growth per year. According to the World Bank, China is the second largest economy in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since 2018 but number one in terms of per capita purchasing power. Since 2015, China also has the largest middle class in the world. Whereas Americans rely on gas-guzzling automobiles and airplanes for travel, China has 36,000 kilometers of high-speed railway, serviced by trains running punctually and quietly over the countryside at over 350 kilometers per hour.[11] One of Xi’s trademark initiatives is the One-Belt-One Road initiative (BRI), a global infrastructure development strategy to invest in nearly 70 countries and international organizations.[12] The “Belt” seeks to recreate the old Silk Road land trade route, and the “Road,” to create a sea-based trade route spanning several oceans. The initiative was to be consolidated through investments in large-scale gas and oil pipelines, roads, railroads, and ports as well as connecting “economic corridors.” The BRI further includes efforts at “financial integration,” “cooperation in science and technology,” “cultural and academic exchanges,” and the establishment of trade “cooperation mechanisms.” [13]

  • Aaron F.
    11/26/2020 11:38

    Conspiracy this

  • Kyra M.
    11/26/2020 06:14

    I think this might interest you

  • Zaheer I.
    11/26/2020 05:07

    Every single person know that 9/11 was an inside job..done with the blessing of the satanic George w Bush ..it was all scripted..ousama was there own man..all were done to make the world hate we the muslims but instead many people who doesn't know Islam ..learned about our beautiful and peaceful religion..till then million of people have convert to Islam..thnx to bush to make islam famous and the fastest growing religion on earth..

  • Farooq C.
    11/26/2020 03:21

    Um no these people are really really dumb

  • Jean W.
    11/26/2020 03:09

    They need a shrink for sure

  • Dan M.
    11/26/2020 02:24

    Almost every single one of these have been proven....

  • Andrea W.
    11/25/2020 21:52

    Because all major upheavals were conspiracies. History is full of conspiracies. Don't be naive.

  • Michelle B.
    11/25/2020 21:49

    Yes, they are dumb

  • Vincent L.
    11/25/2020 21:38

    Of course everyone believes in Conspiracy theories, they exist. They are THEORIES. Most if not all are just that.... THEORIES.

  • Cindy F.
    11/25/2020 21:35

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  • Jose M.
    11/25/2020 21:19

    https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/coronavirus-covid-19-update-fda-authorizes-monoclonal-antibody-treatment-covid-19

  • Abet L.
    11/25/2020 21:18

    Rumor mongering. 😂

  • Kevin B.
    11/25/2020 20:55

    The only conspiracy is the fact that every human on earth can be clothed, fed, and housed with the resources currently available. One Love✌🏾

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