I consider the belief in impossible conspiracies to be a form of superstition. Some have argued it should be added to the Seven Deadly Sins – the fear and superstition Culbertson mentioned in his 1908 quote.
People who believe in impossible conspiracies I refer to as Conspironuts. You know – explosives (even nuclear bombs) in the towers on 9-11, remote-controlled airplanes, chemtrails, vaccines to murder 90% of the population, three shooters on Kennedy, the CIA, Bush and LBJ involved in his assassination.
The same applies to people who think the Clintons have murdered a bunch of people. Bill Clinton couldn’t even get away with a blowjob in the Oval Office without getting impeached, but some people think he and his wife have committed serial murder and gotten away with it. Or that a sick, dying Hillary Clinton is going to be President because of those “Diebold machines” that “the conspiracy” controls.
The same applies to those who delude themselves Trump is “controlled opposition.” Such people think there is a conspiracy of Evil People who rule the world and even though these clusterfucks screw up everything they touch yet somehow they are so incredibly brilliant and so purely evil they are involved in a centuries-old conspiracy. You know – the Illuminati and the Masons.
I’ve met black people who thinks the Klan really exists (to the extent it exists it couldn’t even field a softball team, and half the players would be FBI agents). Some of them have told me in all seriousness HIV was created by white scientists to target melanin, that Krispy Kreme doughnuts is owned by the Klan (two Ks is pretty close to three, I guess), and that the kosher “K” on bottles means “Klan.”
“It’s not our fault because the Man is keeping us down!”
One of the reasons Muslims are so backward (along with their hideous inbreeding and their belief in their backward, false religion) is because they blame everything on Jews and Israel.
“It’s not our fault because the Jew is keeping us down!”
Why do people believe in such impossible conspiracies? It allows them to avoid taking responsibility for themselves and to blame their problems on other people (and they actually think these people are superior to them).
The first defense of people – and small children for that matter – is to blame their problems on others.
As I’ve mentioned several times, that sort of scapegoating runs back to the story of Garden of Eden, in which Adam blames Eve and Eve blames the serpent (I’ve always thought both of them were about three years old). So this “It’s your fault, not mine!” runs back thousands of years – probably to the beginnings of humanity.
What all of this means, obviously, is that in many ways Conspironuts are little kids – and don’t even know it.