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  •  I have a feeling that Ron Paul is a closet Bircher (1+ / 0-)
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    Here he is giving the keynote at JBS 50th anniversary:

    •  An ultimate conspiracy group... is a conspiracy (0+ / 0-)

      itself in the end; nut jobs who see imaginary conspiracies everywhere flock together and form their own conspiracies to fight back... use actual fire to counter non-real fires. And see any scorn, derision or counter arguments as proof of the conspiracy that they think they are fighting against.

      And they have the advantage of having paranoid millionaires backing them from their founding and over the years this conspiracy hobby/obsession has given them all various forms of meaning and direction the same way a cult or religion does. The fire to fight true evil or an enormous threat that only THEY fully comprehend...

      So along with the incentive of being chosen or having an overriding purpose they have continuity and loose affiliation of coinciding interests with other rich paranoids... who appear to be working together... ALEC, the various right wing think tanks, Teapers, Focus on the Family etc... but you have to suspect that each extra important and rich component of this loose federation thinks that they are among the few totally rational and sane ones who really understands everything and that the others while clued in to some or even a large extent... are partly nuts... and they just humor the others since they are generally have the same agenda and use them to get to the real goals.

      The double edged sword of go-getters and driven, inspired people... The personality type can be a huge force for good in the world or they can be fanatics that help wreck things...

      they can found Apple or found a crazy conspiracy group... they can build up a huge company that mostly does a lot of good in the world for humanity and progress... or a huge business empire that does more harm than most and helps fund a bunch of poisonous conspiracy groups and political manipulation.

      No large organization is harm free... size only multiplies unintended consequences.. but the more unresponsive and detached from everyday realities the people who run them are the more they can be aligned with a mono mania veiled agenda that makes them far more harmful... and again it in part is that they in effect become self serving conspiracies to serve the world view of their owners... who think they are battling conspiracies... conspiracies that seem evident to them when their goals seem thwarted by seemingly organized  forces... which their own self importance demands be actually there instead of legitimate competing needs of others and plain old randomness....

      Pogo & Murphy's Law, every time. Also "Trust but verify" - St. Ronnie (hah...)

      by IreGyre on Fri Jan 18, 2013 at 03:06:08 AM PST

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