Two more Conspiracy Filters for you – show me the money!
Alright, let’s bring this conspiracy business home.
Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been sharing with you my ‘conspiracy filters’ – these are just some simple rule-of-thumb filters to help me sort the signal from the noise.
These filters aren’t there to help you determine truth. They’re just there to help you manage the overwhelming amount of information that’s on offer these days, and decide for yourself where you want to put your energies.
So I’ve shared four filters with you so far:
- The Comfortably Numb Filter – does the theory leave me feeling righteous but disempowered and helpless?
- The Truman Filter – does the theory involve an implausible number of people coordinated with clock-work precision?
- The Magical Lizard Filter – does the theory ask me to believe in magical lizards, supernatural phenomena, or implausible tech?
- The Contorted Competency Filter – Does the theory ask me to believe in competency where no competency has been demonstrated, or in incompetency where no incompetency has been demonstrated?
Let’s see if we can bang out another two.
The first is what I call The Inverted Paydays Filter
The Inverted Paydays Filter
Does the theory include payouts that run counter to the perpetrators interests?
It doesn’t sound like this one should be that useful, but you’d be surprised at how many theories there are that just fail basic economics.
For example, I’ve heard some people say that the Corona virus is just a huge ploy by the financial elite to capture more of the world’s wealth for themselves.
To that I would say, “why bother?”
The world was already funnelling more and more money into the hands of the 0.1%. Wealth inequality was on a tear away before Covdi hit.
So the 0.1% don’t need a global pandemic. They need business as usual.
And when you remember that we’re mainly talking about old white men here, who are the most at-risk demographic, it just doesn’t make sense. The payouts don’t line up.
I’ve also seen people argue with a straight face that global warming is a con put on by energy companies to drive profits in their ‘green tech’.
What’s the argument here? That they’re killing revenue in one profit centre to drive revenue in another?
It doesn’t work like that.
It’s the same story with the idea that governments launched Covid to control their populations.
I reckon 90% of people were pretty placid already. Why risk igniting a full-blown revolution to control a people who didn’t really mind being controlled anyway?
The payouts don’t line up.
Ok, so that’s number one. The second filter for today is The Decoy Filter.
Does the theory ask me to look past an obvious conspiracy to a deeper counter-theory?
Occam’s Razor says the simplest solution is often the best.
I genuinely think that some conspiracies are put out there to distract attention from more obvious conspiracies.
Like the idea that the UN – a compromised political bun fight with no real power of it’s own – has created the climate change hoax, and we should look past the way fossil fuel companies are funding counter-information, in full view, to the “real” hoax.
I’m open to theories that incorporate the corruption I can see with my own eyes, but not theories that discount it.
So there’s two more filters for you.
Next time, I’ll talk about celebrities.