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One Makes You Think, Other Makes You Scared
While both, conspiracy theories and alarmism apparently share the same element of a dubious provability and possibly an ulterior manipulative motive -- there is a distinction between them, which provided an inspiration for this post.
Namely, conspiracy theories are, by definition, a material for reasoning, whereas alarmism is a stimulus for fear, or anger, or both. The former regularly offers something that appears as "evidence", and the latter doesn't operate on evidence, only on fearmongering.
Let me give you an example for a conspiracy theory. Nine/eleven tragedy has been called an "inside job" -- not without some believable arguments to consider. Namely, some of the world's renowned experts in metallurgy readily claimed how the heat from the planes' fuel was by far insufficient to melt the towers' metal skeletons all the way to their base. Ergo, it just had to be an implosion well timed with the impact of the planes.
For a further argument, that Building #7 also mysteriously collapsed, even though not hit by anything from the outside.
The whole thing was promptly declared a "conspiracy theory", and as such swept under the rug. You see what I mean?
Now, for some familiar examples of alarmism, let's first mention those year-after-year prophecies of the "upcoming end of the world" due to an imminent collision of an approaching asteroid with the Earth.
Just as familiar is the one about an "upcoming economic apocalypse", or an "unavoidable Third World War" initiated by this or that superpower. Those crazy You Tube hunters for views may even produce some photos with an armada already accumulating.
But, let us not take them for those most prominent ones in that business. Later on we'll have an opportunity to see them active on a much larger scale.
And then, while giving some examples here, why not mention at least one that's borderline between the definitions of conspiracy theories and alarmism.
That would certainly be this thing with the global warming. Some experts with a long credentials and impressive expertise in meteorology are completely denying any global warming -- albeit in agreement that there is a change in climate, which is not the same.
Namely, there have been historical records of climate changing "all the time", long before there were any cars to be seen on the surface of the Earth, with billions of people and animals exhaling CO2 with every breath.
While I can't give you a complete scholarly argument against the global warming claim, it's simply good to know that there are some very coherent, intelligent, and politically neutral scientists who don't believe in it.
It gives us something to think about, making it at least an interesting "conspiracy theory" -- as it is called by the mainstream authorities, who give us that crappy feeling about the possible fate of our beautiful blue planet. So that we have both, a conspiracy theory and an alarming prophecy in this "global warming" thing.
Alarmism as Political Strategy
As we all know, politics wouldn't exist without either conspiracy theorizing or alarmism. In case of the former, there is something like an evidence about possible facts to be considered; whereas all those low blows, political cliches, parroting with phrases, those non-sequiturs of something having nothing to do with something else -- points to a sheer alarmism.
By the amount of words I used to describe each, you may tell that the alarmism is much, much more utilized as a strategy tool. So, when one political camp is trumpeting about "dangers" coming from the other camp, it's sheer alarmism, playing on the emotions of the public.
It's alarmism tactics, also an obvious non-sequitur, when Trump's youngest son's "suspected mental health" is somehow "indicative" of Trump's bad policies; along with his wife's accent, his hair style, and the size of his fingers. All that is supposed to say something about him being a "wrong person for the job as a president".
But then come conspiracy theories about Trump, which actually use as evidence his massive alarmism of inventing all kinds of "enemies of America" -- while presenting himself as the "savior of the country from all those enemies".
What makes it a conspiracy theory -- not a factual political reality -- is over 70 million people loyal to his course of politicizing. So, it's that mass of his followers that keep calling it a "conspiracy theory", not a fact.
Well, let's examine it as that, as a conspiracy theory, which, as stated above, portrays him as a smart manipulator who infects people with paranoia over many "enemies of America", and himself as a national savior.
So he calls China an "enemy" simply because it dared to become a top competitor to America on the global market. And an "enemy" deserves a punishment, in form of some huge tariffs -- which are actually only aimed at weakening the competitor.
The stories of economic propaganda come around, about Chinese meats being contaminated and "disgusting", so they shouldn't be bought -- while there are enough stories about American slaughter houses with a mass of chickens all squeezed into a small space, eating their own crap, pecking out each others' eyes in panic, and alike.
China, and everything Chinese is also suddenly hated because of the pandemic, while there are stories about the virus being planted there. Which of the two stories is a "conspiracy theory"? Of course, the latter one, because we like the former one much more. An "enemy of America" should not be trusted about anything, right?
Then Russia gets sanctioned for "spreading its influence over Europe and planning to occupy it" -- after a legal annexation of Crimea with Crimean people having voted for an annexation in a referendum. American constant interference, including the military one, and with acts of economic terrorism called "sanctions" in the Middle East, is called "war against terrorism" -- while those people are only defending themselves and their ways of life.
Ever noticed how prior to the Bush's era there was no "terrorism", no "hate for American freedoms"?
And again, it comes easy to call such explanation a "conspiracy theory".
Next, there are those NATO members "taking advantage of America" by not paying their dues. In reality, they never used any of the NATO military force, meaning that they were already overpaying -- while it was only America using it for its adventures in the Middle East while bombing the hell out of Israel' political adversaries.
But, that's not the end of those "taking advantage of America". Here is Canada, which also deserves tariffs on steel and aluminum -- even though America was always in a surplus in trading with Canada.
One after another, "enemies" were invented to alarm the American public. "Hordes of Mexicans" were invading America bringing in their drugs -- with a need for a wall, of course -- even though the American Border Authorities clearly said that almost all of the drugs were coming in through legal channels, not over the border on donkeys.
Then the media became an "enemy of the country" when they dared to report about his unacceptable ways of running the country business. Freedom of press had never been called that before, while voicing their different political views.
And democrats were going to establish "socialism and communism". Well, that was quite embarrassing, I must say, as it shows how little he knew about those boogieman regimes.
Namely, as that famed scholar Noam Chomsky said -- there is only one party in the United States of America -- Business Party, branching into Dems and Reps, so it is simply insane that they would ruin their well oiled economic supremacy by "nationalizing the assets of the rich" -- themselves being ones.
By now, every American must know Michael Moore, that big spokesman for the "unprivileged lower class". But, I wonder how many also make any significance of the fact that he is also a millionaire.
"Socialism in one America"? What a joke! But well, how can you tell when Trump is joking and when he is serious, when he suggests that people inject themselves with a detergent in fight against Covid-19?
In my almost 77 years I don't remember another American President being so successful as an alarmist. More power to the dude, that makes him unique -- albeit, due to my otherwise poor knowledge about how to run a country, for a lack of an expertise in economy, diplomacy, foreign politics, and the rest -- I can't tell if he was qualified for that office, or not.
Takes a Doctor to Scare You to Death
While that political episode with Trump could be called a part of the past now -- there is another example for conspiracy theory and alarmism of more current status.
Or is it a pandemic, not just an epidemic, meaning that some people get infected, others die, but the most of the world is in no danger at all -- just like at a yearly flu season.
Some voices contending that to be the fact are among the most listened to experts in the world. As a matter of fact, so it is with this doctor of Stanford University, who is apparently the most trusted virologist in the world -- oops! except now, when he dares to speak up against the mainstream authorities' claims.
The dude says something like this, and I think I remember it right.
Most of the people have had a flu, infected with some "relative" of Covid-19 which all share over 90% of their genes. There is something called "T-cell memory", so that our immune system recognizes every new member of the covid family and beats the crap out of it.
Then come our smart-ass experts with their PCR test. Now, those dead viruses of the past are still hanging around our regular cellular junk, and oops! -- PCR test detects some of that genetic material of the dead viruses, and call you a "positive case".
Now comes that disastrous fact -- practically almost everybody can test positive, whether sick or not. We may have symptoms of cold, and the new trend is -- it's covid!
Since covid is said to express itself in "many ways" in the body (what a smart idea!) -- you may have a constipation, a heart attack, a bronchitis, a stomach ulcer...you name it, and "it's covid-19" doing it to you -- so they say.
Well, the story goes much longer, but I am not a doctor to tell it all. Those who can, also say that vaccines are completely unnecessary, along with the whole charade with masks, social distancing, lockdowns, the whole anti-humanity package.
So, what makes covid-19 so deadly? Because people do die with, or without covid virus in their body. In the first place, why do we get scared by the numbers? In 2017, with no Covid-19 around, some 57 million people died worldwide -- all from usual causes. It appears to be normal about global mortality numbers.
These days -- for over a year -- we have been getting daily reports of those having died, which we didn't get back in 2017 -- and anyone of a conspiracy theory mind could easily wonder how many of those "covid deaths" are referring to those unfortunate folks who would have died anyway, as a part of that yearly statistics.
Now, the way it looks, our only true defense is our immune system, and the health authorities have done everything in their power to weaken it with their daily alarming news. Ask any doctor, don't trust me. He will tell you how a massive prolonged stress is capable of minimizing the activity of our immune system. He may first look left and right, making sure that no one else is listening, before whispering that medical fact.
So, yes, people die because of a genetical predisposition to respiratory conditions, or because of a preexisting serious condition like diabetes, heart problem, a metabolic problem, or anything else that weakens the immunity.
It's always about the immune system, folks -- it's crazy to dream about "killing the virus", because it will forever hang around, alone, or with its parents, siblings, or even far relatives. We are constantly inhaling all those submicroscopic critters, and our immunity's millennia old experience is totally reliable to deal with them. Of course, when it is -- when it's not systematically weakened with a massive fearmongering.
So, here we have some highly respected, but silenced experts called "conspiracy theorists", because they don't agree with the mainstream health authorities.
And then we have those same health authorities who are acting as first class alarmists.
Begging your forgiveness for my own little contribution to some "real" conspiracy theorism -- let me throw in some sarcasm. Namely, if "they" -- whoever "they" may be -- wanted to globally spread a perfect advertisement for a product (let's call that product a "vaccine"), what would be a better way but to keep saying how the numbers of the sick and dead are rising.
A product that's a "matter of life and death" is hard to resist.
Well, hoping to be forgiven for this portion of expressing my disgust for all manipulators of the mankind -- I have to end it sooner or later, so maybe I have said enough to give you a picture of the difference between a conspiracy theory, which may be very close to truth, and alarmism, which always has an ulterior motive.
Let's think some more, and be afraid some less. Let's live.
© 2021 Val Karas
Val Karas (author) from Canada on May 13, 2021:
Bill -- I find forgiving easy, it's actually a part of my pretty good personally designed stress management. I also learned to embrace all my crappy emotions, so if another person may be at the source of it -- well, their behavior is something happening in their personal space, probably hurting them, and my responses are happening in my own personal space, and I have learned to go proactive about it -- not reactive. People are lovable.
Thank you, my friend, for a nice comment. Too bad not more people are like you, for then forgiveness wouldn't be so popular.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 13, 2021:
I tried to find your latest article on forgiveness, but it doesn't show up in my feed for whatever reason. Anyway, that article, I'm sure, touched many who read it. Who amongst us has not been hurt and had a hard time finding forgiveness. And yet none of us are perfect. How strange, yes? I think I have finally moved beyond it all now. I forgive others. I hope they forgive me. I have made amends to those I have hurt in the past. It is up to them to forgive me or hang onto it, but I have done all I can.
Wonderful article, my friend.