Welcome to Theory of Conspiracy; an analysis of hidden power in society. This site reflects the third wave of scholarship on conspiracy studies and “conspiracy theory,” which employs the term ‘systemic-conspiracy’ to describe the de-centered and highly networked nature of power in society. Under the conventional notion of conspiracy, many theories of popular politics and society are dismissed as paranoid and far-fetched delusions but under this re-appropriation of the concept of conspiracy (in the context of systems and complexity theories) we can see the fundamental process of conspiracy as being “war” itself; war as conspiracy. While we can rhetorically deny ‘conspiracy’, we cannot deny the ubiquity and persistence of war despite its lunacy, inefficiency, and hypocrisy. War has virtually never not been a conspiracy, or at least the interactions of a set of conspiracies. As the popular quote goes: “The first casualty of War is Truth.” This is why it is vitally important to examine the relationship between war discourse, power politics, and the public interpretation of such events (popular geopolitics). While war has taken new abstract forms in the 21st century, it has far from disappeared, and a theory must be rigorous and vigilant against systemic-conspiracies, ie. the “War on Drugs,” the “War on Terror.” These can be seen as discursive and systemic conspiracies, in which we all play a role, with deep implications and ramifications for society.
This blog is also a testing ground of a manuscript of the same name and of conspiracist meme analysis. As mentioned, it’s not about conspiracy theory, but rather theorizing actual conspiracy and how it relates to globalization through evolutionary and neo-Marxist lenses. “Conspiracy Theory” is a closed-loop metanarrative or worldview which critiques the abuses of power and control, and views elites as driving globalization for their own interests, which has resulted in extreme inequality, and pardoning of financial criminality at the highest levels of power. The subject matter here is what is referred to as ‘systemic-conspiracy': the aggregate of actual political corruption, state and corporate secrecy, covert operations, fraud, discrimination, alienation, and exploitation, among other processes, in which we all share some complicity and responsibility. Thus, the ‘theory of conspiracy’ is an open metanarrative of the systemic hidden processes of globalization which manifest unjust power relationships.
The basic premise of the (Systems-)Theory of Conspiracy is that the academic discourse of ‘evolutionary globalization’ holds that, in one form or another, the convergence of human civilization is upon us. This mirrors the fears of conspiracy theorists of global domination by elites. Global governance and political and economic integration are both emerging naturally and being forced upon us via elite prerogatives and mass consumption patterns. These processes are also being resisted by disenfranchised masses and minorities alike (cf. Alterglobalization). Currently, systemic inequality remains one of the most prominent features of our global capitalist system due to our failure to collectively understand the root causes of social problems. The class tension is most manifest in the global Occupy Wall Street (99% vs. 1%) movement. The egregious global inequality is underpinned by elites’ systemic ignorance of the nature of wealth and inequality itself and our political sublimation of our interconnectedness with the whole of society, and thus our complicity. In Marx’s terms, the social consciousness (lack thereof) that has got us here supervenes on to the economic system (superstructure emerging from the base), and revolution is required to refresh the capitalist class. In the 21st century Western hemisphere the line is becoming blurred between revolution and social evolution.
From here on in, please consider yourself on a “Need to Know” basis, and acquaint yourself with the essays in that section.