April 10 2013 09:30 AM

Our readers tell us what they think

Liked Joel Dyer's piece

Joel Dyer's March 20 news article regarding conspiracies was excellent. This article focused on frightened people with various problems who look for a scapegoat. A common scapegoat is the U.S. government.

Joel did a great job stating the problem. My first thought related to solving the problem. While there's no complete solution to dealing with such people and circumstances in a free society, I have a couple of suggestions to help mitigate the problem.

The obvious one is to improve mental-health services in the U.S. Everyone needs to vent from time to time, and some people need more extensive treatment. Mental-health services seem to be more important as our society becomes more complex.

My second suggestion is to encourage Congress to be more objective and more empirical when crafting laws and making decisions. It's my impression that they wet their fingers and stick them in the air to determine the direction of the wind just prior to voting. A perfect example of this is the recent round of discussions about gun control. They focused on bits and pieces of the problem along with isolated statistics. 

The first area of focus should have been the evaluation of comprehensive statistics. If they are not available, then the processes to collect these data should have been put in place. The bottom line is for U.S. politicians to be more analytical and consistent. Then people will be more apt to believe politicians and trust the government.

Ron Harris,Scripps Ranch

Didn't like Dyer's piece

Joel Dyer's "The new era of conspiracy thinking" ["News," March 20] is unworthy of being published in an otherwise reality-oriented newspaper. Yes, many are angry with the government, but that comes from overseas outsourcing, intentional economic recession and similar government-created consequences. Using the buzz-phrase "conspiracy theory" brands one as either unintelligent or a police-operative journalist, as many of the conspiracies are quite obvious, on both sides. Waco, Oklahoma City's federal-building bombing and farm bankruptcies are not "theories." And, on the other side, is our government truthful at all about space? Alien cultures? Anthropology? Social science? Religion? Not hardly.

There are real conspiracies both by and against the government, but Dyer prefers to dwell on those violent, sensational and/or ridiculous events. The most common "conspiracy" is a gnostic group, which seeks to control others and is the basic unit of the controlling class, the professionals. They "conspire" to make life better for all, using the religious secrets. That's what a professional is and does, after all. Conspiracies are everywhere, and most are neither bad nor of destructive intent. The center thread of all this is whether or not the government is a worse bunch of scoundrels than traditional bad guys. Failure to admit truth serves to encourage dissent as our government continues to insist upon flushing itself down the toilet, same as the Soviet Union. The propaganda is not working. People are no longer as stupid.

John Kitchin, Homeless

Really Didn't like Dyer's piece

What a disappointment to read "The New Era of Conspiracies" by Joel Dyer ["News," March 20]—a real turd in the otherwise normally superb San Diego CityBeat

A conspiracy is just "an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud or other wrongful act." Conspiracies exist, and it's OK to be a conspiracy believer. This article was long on smear and short on facts. "Conspiracy theory" is a thought-stopping label that stifles and stigmatizes. Nobody wants to be a "crazy conspiracy theorist," even if they know the official story is a lie.

Let's be more specific with the conspiracies. JFK: Most people now don't believe the official lone-gunman theory. Sept. 11: People are catching on more and more. Are you familiar with WTC7, the third building to fall on 9/11, imploding into its own footprint at free-fall speed, not hit by plane? Oklahoma City bombing: see A Noble Lie.

It won't be a radical right-wing, racist, "anti-government" conspiracy believer who bombs a federal building. I'd watch out for false flags, though. A false flag is when the government allows or stages an attack to justify war. For example, Hitler burned down the parliament Reichstag building to justify shutting down civil liberties in Nazi Germany. This is history, not conspiracy theory. The Gulf of Tonkin accelerated the Vietnam War and is now an admitted hoax. Start looking into this. But, oh, no, that might make us conspiracy believers, and we might become "anti-government."

That's another label, "anti-government." How about those "anti-government constitutionalists"? The U.S. Constitution is the foundation of our government. How can a constitutionalist be anti-government? It's not a matter of being anti-government but being against people within the government who are trying to usurp the Constitution. Obama signed the NDAA to allow the indefinite detention of U.S. citizens, so I'd say he's "anti-Constitution."

So, take it from me, a voter for Obama in 2008 who woke up to the false left-right paradigm and went down the rabbit hole of "conspiracy reality." It's not about left versus right. Both sides are owned by the same people. It's about truth versus false reality, freedom versus tyranny. People are catching on to the truth. The government is run by criminal bankers. The super-class of about 6,000 people want world governance, corporate neo-feudalism and population reduction. We need more conspiracy believers and fewer reality deniers.

Jay Sun, Downtown

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