Two papers have popped up recently, which may or may not be related:
Conspiracy Theories, by Cass R. Sunstein and Adrian Vermeule, both of Harvard University – Harvard Law School, January 15, 2008
Global Warming: The Social Construction of a Quasi-Reality? by Dennis Ambler, Energy & Environment, Volume 18 No. 6 2007
The Conspiracy Theories paper asks the question, If “conspiracy theories” create a threat to the efficient and orderly conduct of government, should the government use “cognitive infiltration” to defuse and discredit them and those who spread such theories?
The Global Warming article suggests that indeed this is what is happening with regard to climate change and “global warming.”
“Climate skeptics,” or “deniers” as they are called by global warming proponents, are seen as improperly questioning the “consensus opinion” of “mainstream” science, an opinion that is backed by the full force of the United States government, the United Nations, and, not coincidentally, a large portion of the world’s economic elite.
What if the Shadow Government, that corporate oligarchy that controls the flow of capital throughout the halls of governments around the world, realized some years ago that Peak Oil is real, that the Global Economy is doomed as world energy resources diminish below the point of supporting the world’s burgeoning human population, and that the War on Terror is rapidly losing its effect in keeping the world’s people in a compliant state of fear, especially those dark-skinned people living above the few remaining pools of oil.
What to do, what to do?
Capital, the constant shape-shifter, the economic chameleon that oozes into any unoccupied pocket of human culture, sees an opportunity and slithers forward.
“Global warming,” it whispers. “Anthropogenic CO2,” it repeats, over and over. “Irreversible Climate Change,” it shouts from TeeVee screens. “TIPPING POINTS” in big headlines with lots of white space.
What a great campaign, if that’s what it is.
Demands for government intervention.
Demands for security.
Problems for every solution.
Something for everyone.
Too bad it’s only a conspiracy theory.