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Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label
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Peter Presland Wrote:Well I hesitate to cross swords with a founder member so early but I think Charles is being a little hard with the 'tantamount to surrender' bit. I take all his other points and agree 100% but - and it's a BIG BUT - as a tactical ploy to put ones potential dismisser on the defensive, I think it has great merit. IMH experience, most people who use the term 'Conspiracy Theorist' as a pejorative do so as a way of avoiding having to deal with potentially difficult and unpleasant issues; as a defense mechanism in other words - that's where they do not have an agenda of course. In either event I reckon it is still a good tactical device to take the wind out of their sales before moving to substantive debate.

That's exactly the case Peter. Once they affix the conspiracy theorist label to me, which happens shortly after I mention the plot to kill President Kennedy (or the other sixties political assassinations), they're no longer willing to listen. I might as well be standing there in a tin foil hat because that's what they're seeing when they look at me.

Immediately accusing them of being a "coincidence theorist" is meant to turn the tables and put them on the defensive, and show how silly the all or nothing mentality is.

If they can shake off the decades of programming that has told them to tune out talk of conspiracies then it's worth it to talk facts. To, as you say, move on to substantive debate. Otherwise they just won't be receptive.

People are terrified of being in a room with a "conspiracy theorist." At least Americans are. They're rather be stuck on an elevator with Typhoid Mary.

Are people in other countries as freaked out by "conspiracy theorists"?
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Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 27-03-2009, 02:42 AM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 27-03-2009, 03:48 AM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Mark Stapleton - 27-03-2009, 04:15 AM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 28-03-2009, 06:25 AM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 28-03-2009, 06:26 AM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 01-04-2009, 03:44 AM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 11-04-2009, 04:51 PM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 11-04-2009, 04:51 PM
Negating the "conspiracy theorist" label - by Myra Bronstein - 12-05-2009, 05:55 PM

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