How A Conspiracy Theory Works
I love a good Conspiracy Theory. Some of them even turn out to be true, and I like dissecting them all; just to see if the scenario they propose is viable.
A Conspiracy Theory contains a Simple Plot:
The ‘villain’, who wants to achieve power of some description and will do anything to get it. He, or she, will have to lie, cheat, steal and bribe other villains.
A problem for The Villain is that most of the free World believes in some form of Democracy. People believe that their freedom/political thoughts/homes/families/right to live… are sacred. Our societies are also extremely complex. Therefore our villain has to devise a cunning and complex plan.
The villain will seek to control our minds. The best way is to do this by fear, but he will need help to achieve this.
Therefore, the villain will aquire Allies: those who are also greedy for power (or just plain greedy), but are not quite as capable of rising to the top of the pile as our villain.
The Allies will use their various skills, contacts and political/financial strength to manipulate society. This will usually involve Setting Up a False Scenario in order to fool the people and make them afraid of losing the things they hold dear.
And, as “you can’t fool all of the people all of the time” (Abraham Lincoln Quotes), this scenario, or plot, will have it’s sceptics and investigators. So the Conspiracy Plot has to be extremely complex, with many twists and turns, so that anyone who investigates will be the continually sent down the wrong path to a dead end.
The Conspiracy Plot Will Involve:
- A Crisis: This will involve a threat to ‘everything we hold dear’. The ‘everything’ will depend upon the group the crisis is targetted at.
- A villain, or group of villains of the Allies’ making (for clarity, we will call them ‘scapegoats‘…) who are Causing The Crisis.
- A ‘Hero’ (or group of ‘heroes’) who will make it their live’s purpose to thwart the scapegoats.
- The Crisis will remain in place for a long time, because the scapegoats will be strong and cunning. They will be hard to beat. But beat them we must ‘for the safety of the (particular) society we hold dear’.
- It will be as well to make the Crisis as long and drawn out as possible, with the ‘Allies’ constantly finding new ways to demonstrate to the people they still need the ‘heroes’ to fight for them. To ‘keep them safe’.
- Because, once the crisis is resolved and all the scapegoats are thwarted, the people may wonder why they still need the rules set in place ‘to protect them’.
From time to time, new Rivals will emerge who want to overthrow our Villain. These will be True Rivals, rather than the scapegoats set up by the Allies. The Rivals will sometimes be as cunning as our Villain and it will take all his Allies’ resources to beat them.
New Rivals will involve a new set of complex plans and new plots to fool the people. Some Villains will win this round and others will fail. Some will lose their Allies to the opposition.
Either way, the people will still be left with a Villain in charge and new Conspiracy Plots to deal with.
And that’s why I love Conspiracy Plots. They read like a good thriller. But this thriller can be serialised in many parts.
But are Conspiracy Plots and Conspiracy Theories for real? I’ll look at that next time.