There’s a whole bunch of looneys out there and it’s easy to write off conspiracies as just nonsense. In this post I give guidance on how to divine truth in the murky world of alternative information sources; how to survive the ‘Illuminati research phase’ and how to cope with new paradigms. I share the processes of learning and growing through various realisations which will help those less experienced in truth-seeking to keep a level head.
Here are some guidelines for truth-seeking and conspiracy theorists. I start with some broad concepts and then move into direct advice.
The first concept to grapple with is that truthseekers require humility in order to divine reality. People with agendas, will always defend their ‘coloured’ understanding of the world so that those who have a chip on their shoulder with say racism, will view racist or anti-racism material more favourably than someone who is more objective. The same principle applies in economics, politics, history, the various sciences and of course the biggie – religion. If say, we are not prepared to accept that there is a God (and I mean here the Judeo-Christian form where there is absolute truth, a personal relationship and personal accountability) then this colours our truth searching by that prejudice and precludes certain learning. Anything that presents itself as truth (such as the idea of Evolution, or human self-awareness philosophies) will usually get an extra endorsement, sometimes subconsciously – other times deliberately – if it fits into the category that might explain Him away.
Of course the same can also apply with a Christian who fails to consider that they too may actually be wrong (Oh, shudder at the thought)! With the God thing, because it is impossible to actually prove that God doesn’t exist, those who do not believe in His existence are at a disadvantage in trying to establish truth as their a priori assumption starts them off on a biased footing. This is a big and complex issue but the important thing is to recognise that we all have pride-based biases of some sort that affect us when it comes to measuring reality.
I’m a Christian but one of my pet hates is the way Christians tend to switch their brains off once they’ve ‘got God’ AND how they look down on others in a patronising way the moment they get enlightened. My bible tells me that the Christian faith is logical, and that we should use reason. So many times people who rightly and wisely question anything and everything before their conversion suddenly accept what the teachers/church/Pastor say without thinking things through for themselves. To those new to the faith, I say that it is NOT a crime to ask questions, and you open yourself to manipulation and deception if you do NOT question what is common knowledge AND what is mainstream theology or practice. It MAY be right but volume of adherents to some line of thought doesn’t always make it right as Galileo well taught us.
The second concept is that truth is largely self-evident, so that when we do humble ourselves, and open our minds fully, most people can immediately recognise the truth that the evidence has shown us. In other words we seem to all have an inbuilt BS-detector. The saying goes . . . “if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it is probably a duck!” Back yourself if you’ve done the research and believe that you’ve done enough to know the facts. This does not necessarily mean though that our behaviour will change, or that our lives respond to that recognition of truth positively. Someone who smokes KNOWS that smoking is bad and that they are killing themselves, but they still do it – often denying reality to themselves. Likewise learning that our spouse is abusing us does not suddenly mean that we will stand up to them and divorce them when appropriate. Many will stay far too long in an abusive situation even though they know the truth. Likewise, finding out that our employer or someone we are subservient to is less than honest or ideal does not mean that we immediately fight that injustice and risk losing our job or destroy a relationship. Many times we will delay full recognition of the truth until a threat has either dissolved or it becomes a full-blown crisis. The importance of this concept is vital in conspiracy circles because many will try to force their opinion onto others when others already know it deep down but don’t want to respond to that knowledge – at least, yet!
3. How it’s said, not what is said
The third tip is to measure the quality of information, not so much the actual information itself. Ten pages of mathematical gibberish from a supposed genius that waffles can be totally worthless, yet a simple formula from a youth who has done the homework can confound the world. How the information comes to us is sometimes more important than what is said. This is very evident in the waffling, distracting, non-answers given by TPTB (The Powers That Be) to simple questions from ordinary people. Included in the measure of quality is awareness of basic flawed logic. Strawmen arguments, personal attacks (ad hominen), assasination by association, and red herrings are all clues that somebody is not prepared to deal with the facts. Assessing the quality of information is vital to be able to rightly divine the truth. We put a lot of weight on sources that speak openly and respectfully, communicate freely and abundantly, are easily identifiable and credible, speak well and have limited personal agendas. We question the quality of information that comes from people who attack the integrity of others, make a lot of noise, speak down to or about others, stick to one or two (normally shallow) repetitive mantras and who rely on dubious or limited sources.
4. Big Picture
The fourth idea is to get the big picture FIRST, then worry about the details later. Sometimes, especially in the early days of truth-seeking, you need to dig through the evidence and build up a big picture from lots of little pieces before you can see the big picture. Other times though, you can have a good understanding of the big picture which in turn helps you divine truth in the smaller details. The more life experience we have, or the more conspiracy hunting we have undertaken; the more we understand the way things work in power, politics and business the easier it is to fly through the murk of disinformation and obfuscation to get to grips with the facts of a matter. For example when we have truly learned that people in power around the world since time immemorial (governments, politicians, businessmen and diplomats) all have agendas and routinely misrepresent and often outright lie to their people – then we are not averse to considering that some of the official stories are just bunkum. Likewise when we know that big business is behind a certain social change initiative, we can assume safely that profit and self-interest will be the driving forces behind the scenes.
5. Quo Bono
The fourth concept to deal with is that of quo bono – who benefits. In a criminal investigation a detective will use the possible motives as strong clues as to where truth lies. If someone stands to gain from a crime (or in this case a conspiracy) then there is a strong likelihood that they will be ‘stretching things’ a little in the disputed facts territory. Motive or personal gain is not always proof of a conspiracy, but it is a strong clue. The other aspect of this is to identify WHY a lie is being told. The moment that we can find one falsehood, even just one little lie, and analyse it to find the reason behind that misrepresentation, then we can easily determine the purpose behind the conspiracy. That then guides us to a greater understanding of the truth. The detective who doesn’t know why a crime has been committed is much less likely to unravel a crime than one who knows a suspect’s MO, how he thinks, and why it was undertaken. Likewise with conspiracy hunting.
Conspiracy theorists who seek to stand FOR the truth are inveitably going to be up AGAINST something or someone who is conspiring AGAINST something, somewhere, somehow. It is a part of life as a truth-seeker that there will be people and forces actively at play out to destroy us or to mislead us. Not all people agree on what is right or wrong; good or bad or godly/ungodly. For many the ends justifies the means. We must assume that there is and will be stuff that we have to cope with as we dig and progress with our research. We see this quite a bit with high profile conspiracies like JFK or 9/11 where those with vested interests actively work their wonders with disinformation agents* and often worse including ‘accidental deaths’ of key researchers. This works at the simple level that if say both children stole the cookies, then it is likely that both of them will conspire to spin a yarn (perhaps about how they saw the dog inside with the cookie jar on the floor) so that neither of them get the blame. It also travels up through the corporate and business chains so that one company may conspire to misrepresent in order to protect their own income streams from say a larger supplier who is actively misrepresenting reality, thus for example supermarkets reliant on the major food suppliers have a vested interest to conceal GM information if their suppliers have leverage over them. At a macro level when moving into the spiritual world, if God said ‘A’, and the devil wants us to give our attention to him instead, then we may find that B, C, D or X, Y or Z may become temptations – anything but ‘A’!
7. Go to the source
One of the sad things about conspiracy theorists is that many will research poorly and are effectively just gossip merchants. Decades ago the hot topic of gossip would have to have been the JFK assassination. Gossip was widespread and everybody had a theory, yet while quality research did exist in the early days following the event, disinformation coexisted with fact. Gossip ruled so much so that even now decades later most don’t have a strong knowledge of what really happened and certainly don’t agree on details even if they agree that the official story is a crock. This has happened to some extent too with the 9-11 truth movement, but it has been much harder to gather and sift through enormous quantities of information, theories, disinformation so that while many know that something bad happened and that the official story is nonesense, they cannot agree on what really happened! Going to the source avoids gossip (that she thinks/he thinks) and gives us enormous confidence that we know what we’re talking about. As an example, in regards to 9-11, I read the entire official report(s). Anyone who does this with an open mind can never, in a million years deny that there is a cover-up. You do not need to pour over thousands of pages of commentary, video image analysis or entertain even just one theory, for just reading the source document (in this case the official reports) clearly shows a deliberate attempt to shut down further investigation with obfuscation, deliberate evasion of key issues and utter nonsense that even a child could see through. Another area of gossip, certainly in the last decade is that of who rules the world, and the magical, mysterious name the “Illuminati”. People’s eyes seem to glaze over and their brains seem to freeze when the name is mentioned and EVERYONE has some gossip about them and who they are and what they do. How many have actually gone to the source and done serious study on the matter though? Unfortunately a very few. This also applies to critics of the Bible. I can assure you that it is very rare for me to encounter people who do not share the Christian faith (and especially those who reject it) who have actually read the bible. Always go to the source for facts but assume, guess and rely on gossip if you’re just playing with the truth!
8. Cement new learning
New knowledge and understanding is a dangerous thing. Our emotions can get off-kilter for a while (more on that in a minute) if some existing paradigm is challenged, so it’s best to take it easy, and let things settle before you go all out shouting to the world, your spouse family or friends. Deliberately play devils advocate and seek the responses of others who doubt what you have just learned. Listen to what they say, and measure their take the same way as you did to get to where you are. Sometimes we follow a line of enquiry that really seems to hold some treasured truths, yet as we cement those values or learnings we realise that they too may be just a little off kilter. In a Christian sense I’ve seen this outworked many times as over the years I’ve experienced the joys and challenges of many different denominations. I would come into a new environment or experience, learn and grow from that then as the lessons were cemented in place I moved on to new experiences and came to see the previous learning in a new light. I was converted in a Lutheran church and appreciated the purity of the gospel of Grace, yet popped out of their tight religious regulations over communion into a Baptist church. In that environment I was baptised and came to appreciate the worship of some top worship leaders. I moved into the Pressy scene and enjoyed small fellowship bible studies, a long stint in the AOG movement in which I came to appreciate worship and more. I’ve spent time within Brian Tamaki’s Destiny Church and seen the good and bad of a strong leadership within a primarily Maori/Polynesian community where enormous gains were made in many areas yet glaring holes appeared in the outworking of the business-of-God-Bishop-style. The last few years I’ve been outside of the institutionalisd church where still more learning has been occurring. Every time I let the new learning settle, I gain wisdom.
9. Springboard off previously gained knowledge
The same thing has happened in my truth seeking outside of the Christian faith in that one aspect of conspiracy hunting has led into another so that while the subjects have been many and varied over the years, it is common for a subject I researched a decade or so ago provides the solid foundation for another awakening years later. As a teenager I learned two important lessons – the fact that newspapers cannot be relied upon for the truth, and that politicians can (and do) misrepresent themselves to the public. These early lessons sit as enormous milestones in a conspiracy theorists career, but allowed much better and easier learning later in life when it came time to dig deeper into political shenannigans and social manipulation by the Mainstream Media (MSM). Deliberately use previous learning to lift your current research to new levels, understanding that there is no end to truth-seeking and that it is having a solid, forward-moving process that gives us the Return On Investment that we all seek.
10. Walk the talk
The last piece of advice is a challenge that basically asks, “And what for?” for the whole reason of digging and searching for the truth needs to be considered carefully. The easiest way to ‘get’ this point is to ask why it is that most people do not want to go into truth-seeking in any big way. Most people do not want to change. Most people want risk-free, easy, safe living and are not wanting to rock the boat, or address the deeper things of life. Inverting that knowledge then gives us the reversed logic, that the main reason that seasoned truth seekers chase the truth in conspiracy theories is that they should actually be ready to deal with the truth. Those that aren’t will just dig so far, then abandon the exercise as too hard, too depressing and too challenging. If you get past this phase, the rubber hits the road, so that if you DO find out how smoking affects the lungs of your children, you WILL stop killing them all. If you DO find that we are being played as suckers with debt-based unsustainable goals of economic growth at all costs, then you WILL stop borrowing and seeking the toys that you know you really can’t afford. And with the biggie of them all, the conspiracy of the evil one against a good and loving God, you WILL turn in the right direction when the time is right.
The field of conspiracy theories is far too large to tackle all at once . . . so, find ONE question that you know (or certainly have doubts about) an official or common knowledge story has some edge to it – one that doesn’t quite gel with your inbuilt BS detector. Working from the known to the unknown, explore this ONE matter until you have a clear picture and can settle on a viewpoint. It matters not what you start with.
I started my research into the manipulation of Albert Einstein by Jewish media interests through just one comment that caught my attention. I read somewhere that Einstein could have plagiarised something. Putting the word plagiarism in the same sentence as someone I had been led to believe was a top thought leader alterted me to the possibility that there was a porkie in there somewhere. My BS detector was alerted and
- research led me to his early report card (he was an absolute total failure at school)
- to his career path (which certainly didn’t match that of a genius)
- then to his scientific papers (which contained basic errors of maths and fact that raised a lot more questions for me),
- into the sources of his possible plagiarism,
- the timing of who conceptualised which idea and when,
- then into the use of his name and position by vested interests, and lastly
- into his public deification by interests that I know very well to be manipulators in many other areas too.
The duck was walking, talking and starting to look pretty much like a duck!
The starting point for me was a question; a little something that ‘didn’t quite gel’ and then after the research I have a much greater knowledge and understanding of who he really was and when, how, by whom and why he was used as he was. It matters not the subject, rather that we start with something we know, (or suspect) to be a falsehood. Asking questions then opens the doors.
The personal challenges
Be careful – the process of seeking out truth can be unsettling. Many start on the journey and reach a point of saturation, or frustration, or confusion then give up. Losing faith in previously solid beliefs is a traumatic experience. Grief can outwork with indignation/anger, despair/depression, apathy (resignation). I’ve found that outside the obvious biggie (which is what to do about the name and person of Jesus) the Illuminati/who rules the world subject is the biggest killer for most. It’s too big, too unreal, too obnoxious, too much of a step outside of well-entrenched paradigms for most to grab in one go. Even the 9-11 fiasco is too much for most to grapple with!
For those that do push on though the danger is to get bogged down in details and distractions, like a confused dog trying to follow a scent of a hare only to find that there a dozen of them running all over the place, or like a diver trying to shoot one fish in a school of them (there’s so many that they can’t even shoot one!) we can find ourselves getting caught up in a whirlworld of intrigue, taking the scattergun approach and getting nowhere in the process.
Discipline your research to books or online information that are well-respected, verifiable and handle the subject in question at both macro and micro levels. Experts abound in niches but that research and knowledge needs to be put into context (the big-picture) in order for the new learning to be helpful.
Over the years I’ve found many resources to be enormously helpful, some remain a constant feed to this day, I use others ‘for a season’ and some I return to occasionally, some I’ve grown away from as I’ve appreciated their hidden agenda or bias a little more.
There is no question that on the Creation/Evolution thing Creation.com stands head and shoulders above others in the field. In the world of conspiracy and truth-seeking, Ken Ham’s organisation has proven to be one of the richest source of meaningful content with an ultra, ultra-low rating on my inbuilt ‘BS detector’! I think that the only thing in decades of reading and following him and his team there are only minor issues of style (very understandably a little defensive at times) but they are the only source that I would give an almost perfect score to!
Henry Makow has really stamped his mark in the field of analysing the Jewish component to the role that the Central banking cartel (aka Illuminati) have in world affairs. He also has a good grasp of the sexual/human relations costs of concerted efforts to introduce evil as the norm in modern society. Creator of the board game Scrupples, historian and Jewish himself, he has developed a valuable reputation and resource that I deeply respect. His commenters and invited contributors though vary enormously in the quality of their material. He has a self-confessed negative pessimism that can be highly infectious if we are not careful. Take him in small doses! I believe that this fully negative outlook is derived from his aversion to biblical faith, which has the antidote to evil of course, and provides solutions to the very problems he so eloquently describes.
I’ve noted to myself that Anthony Migchels is an up-and-coming commentator with an excellent grasp of monetary issues, particularly in regards to Alternative/Complementary/Mutual Credit Currencies and the evil of usury (interest).
Michael Hoffman is an outspoken analyst of the Jewish value-system (unravelling the Talmudic murk) and more recently on the evil of Usury, but is to me quite dry and not easy to follow in large doses! His work though demonstrates great research skills and the ultimate in professionalism. Grab his materials while he is around, for he is probably a prime target with his fearless revelations of things that some would not want widely known.
In terms of middle-eastern commentary, David Bay from Cutting Edge Ministries has an excellent handle on governmental misrepresentations and global politics. With a career history working for the US intelligence community for decades he has brought his understanding of how, as he says it himself, “the truth is almost always the polar opposite of what the authorities will tell us”. Having personally seen a constant stream of constant lies from the US government from the inside, he is well placed to comment on the REAL agendas behind wars, war-mongering, international politics and suchlike. His extreme conservative stance causes me to take some of his prophetic conclusions with a large grain of salt but I’ve found his analysis of political and military agendas to be spot-on, year after year. He’s a resource that I return to time after time, especially when I want to understand Middle Eastern politics.
I’ve found ‘brother’ Anthony Grigor Scott’s Bible Believers to be a highly valuable and rich source of information particularly as a starting point on a particular subject (there’s a lot more deeper inthis website than meets the eye). I connect very well with his take on the role of the Illuminati, the banking/monetary/political matters. He is a firm believer in William Branham as a prophet the significance of which I have yet to grasp! I have just ‘parked’ his theology for the moment but he seems to have one of the best big-picture understandings of the world that I’ve found.
The Pleyades people have some handy lists of links, and have copied material from other key sources, particularly NWO stuff, amongst the more weird.
Carl Tiecrib is a good handle on globalisation issues from a Christian perspective with his Forcing Change material.
Of course www.911truth.org is a good starting point for questions regaring the three (yes, three) large building collapses at New York.
In Christian conspiracy circles (yes they exist within Christendom too!) I’ve found the original thought of Ron McKenzie (KingWatch.co.nz) to be enormously refreshing. With a deceivingly large website covering many key issues, Ron goes where many dare not, and brings back an old slant to recently established takes on the world. Christians who believe that Democracy is biblical, or that we are in End-Times, or in the rapture, or that Jesus did away with the entire Law should be ready to have some of their paradigms challenged, but his thinking is very solid, and (except for the practical and his take on geo-political matters) his life’s work is steadily going down on my ‘internal BS detector’ index. That’s another way of saying that I think that he’s pretty much ‘onto it’, certainly at a conceptual level!
The Christian World View
I’ve generally found that the mainstream conservative biblical viewpoint (a Christian worldview) is the safest most solid interpretation of reality out of all the alternatives available. Areas of contention within Christendom, such as the echatological (studies of end-times), denominationalism (usually small doctrinal differences) and ecumenicalism (the globalisation merging of Christianity with those of alternative faith streams) tend to confuse this handy guideline, but the core message of the bible has enormous weight in its ability to set a standard, just like a plumb-bob does in construction.
Again, simply having faith in Christ does not guarantee a grasp of all truth, but viewing the world through the eyes of the core beliefs that God is good; created good; mankind screwed up; Christ atoned and conquered; and that we have the power of the Holy Spirit to connect, communicate, hear and understand our Maker sets us apart somewhat from those who struggle to grasp at the deeper issues not addressed through man-centric solutions.
I’ve found very few areas where Scripture has not given plausible, often verifiable explantions for the mixedup world that we live in. On the other hand though, I have ALWAYS found fault with all other alternatives.
The biggest growth and paradigm change in my truth-seeking however was the recognition that truth was more than the abstract I was seeking as a youth and young man. The recognition that truth was in fact a person, the person of Christ, was the same issue that Pilot found himself addressing. I’m enormously grateful that I’ve been able to continue to dig, question and divine truth decades later, and (thank God) didn’t choose the way of Pilot, which was to turn away from Him and live with my own delusions.
Enjoy your conspiracy hunting and hopefully I’ll see you on the other side . . . at the party!
* For those interested, I scraped this wrap up of Seventeen Techniques for Truth Suppression a while back. I have personally seen the vast majority of these in practical verifiable situations in politics, religion and business. I classify media and the central banking conspiracy in the bsuiness category.
- Dummy up. If it’s not reported, if it’s not news, it didn’t happen.
- Wax indignant. This is also known as the “How dare you?” gambit.
- Characterize the charges as “rumors” or, better yet, “wild rumors.” If, in spite of the news blackout, the public is still able to learn about the suspicious facts, it can only be through “rumors.” (If they tend to believe the “rumors” it must be because they are simply “paranoid” or “hysterical.”)
- Knock down straw men. Deal only with the weakest aspects of the weakest charges. Even better, create your own straw men. Make up wild rumors (or plant false stories) and give them lead play when you appear to debunk all the charges, real and fanciful alike.
- Call the skeptics names like “conspiracy theorist,” “nutcase,” “ranter,” “kook,” “crackpot,” and, of course, “rumor monger.” Be sure, too, to use heavily loaded verbs and adjectives when characterizing their charges and defending the “more reasonable” government and its defenders. You must then carefully avoid fair and open debate with any of the people you have thus maligned. For insurance, set up your own “skeptics” to shoot down.
- Impugn motives. Attempt to marginalize the critics by suggesting strongly that they are not really interested in the truth but are simply pursuing a partisan political agenda or are out to make money (compared to over-compensated adherents to the government line who, presumably, are not).
- Invoke authority. Here the controlled press and the sham opposition can be very useful.
- Dismiss the charges as “old news.”
- Come half-clean. This is also known as “confession and avoidance” or “taking the limited hangout route.” This way, you create the impression of candor and honesty while you admit only to relatively harmless, less-than-criminal “mistakes.” This stratagem often requires the embrace of a fall-back position quite different from the one originally taken. With effective damage control, the fall-back position need only be peddled by stooge skeptics to carefully limited markets.
- Characterize the crimes as impossibly complex and the truth as ultimately unknowable.
- Reason backward, using the deductive method with a vengeance. With thoroughly rigorous deduction, troublesome evidence is irrelevant. E.g. We have a completely free press. If evidence exists that the Vince Foster “suicide” note was forged, they would have reported it. They haven’t reported it so there is no such evidence. Another variation on this theme involves the likelihood of a conspiracy leaker and a press who would report the leak.
- Require the skeptics to solve the crime completely. E.g. If Foster was murdered, who did it and why?
- Change the subject. This technique includes creating and/or publicizing distractions.
- Lightly report incriminating facts, and then make nothing of them. This is sometimes referred to as “bump and run” reporting.
- Baldly and brazenly lie. A favorite way of doing this is to attribute the “facts” furnished the public to a plausible-sounding, but anonymous, source.
- Expanding further on numbers 4 and 5, have your own stooges “expose” scandals and champion popular causes. Their job is to pre-empt real opponents and to play 99-yard football. A variation is to pay rich people for the job who will pretend to spend their own money.
- Flood the Internet with agents. This is the answer to the question, “What could possibly motivate a person to spend hour upon hour on Internet news groups defending the government and/or the press and harassing genuine critics?” Don t the authorities have defenders enough in all the newspapers, magazines, radio, and television? One would think refusing to print critical letters and screening out serious callers or dumping them from radio talk shows would be control enough, but, obviously, it is not.