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Some say I’m paranoid and deluded, that I play fast and loose with facts in an anti-social way. I am cynical. I don’t trust power. My suspicions of others’ motives often extend to imagining a few evil individuals with a hidden agenda conspiring to infiltrate institutions, manipulate events and shape outcomes to their liking. (Note: While some involved with conspiracy theories are in it for entertainment, others are “culture warriors” unethically pushing their values, beliefs, and practices. While occasionally a conspiracy is realthe typical internet spread conspiracy is mostly fiction.)

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the theme is paired with:  #49B Idealistic Socialism to make Choice #38    in the Choices We Make cards 

this theme as presented in older version of theme structure:  version 2.0    version 3.0       is this theme new to version 4?--NO

click to look at the Project Worldview Cultural Literacy Encyclopedia Related Words, Beliefs, Background articles for the above choice 

 Project Worldview authored discussion, Worldview Watch related issues, songs, etc.  

Discussion from The Worldview Literacy Book Songs
Worldview Watch issue #69, posted 10/14/2021  Suggestibility, Alien Abductions, and Democracy
Worldview Watch issue #68, posted 7/16/2021   Communists and Conspiracies
Worldview Watch issue #66 posted 1/18/2021 Pulling the Plug on Those Spreading Big Lies 
Worldview Watch issue #65 posted 10/24/2020  The Extreme Alt Right Worldview 
Worldview Watch issue #36: Kennedy, Shakespeare, Conspiracism, Elitism, and Missing the Real Story
Worldview Watch issue #24: Unvaccinated Children, Public Health, and Worldviews
Worldview Watch issue #2: Conspiracism on Talk Radio

Wikipedia articles related to this theme:

  paranoia Conspiracy Theory Manichaeism
modern folklore Conspiracy Fake News
Moon Hoax Pseudohistory UFO Conspiracy Theory
QAnon  Shakespeare Authorship Question John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories
Great Replacement White genocide conspiracy theory  

 worldview internal inconsistency related: Strongly valuing this theme and any of the themes in the list below is a contradiction:

#1A   Humbly Unsure    #1B Skeptic   #3 Valuing Honesty, Learning #6B   Scientific Method
#10   Secular Humanism    #14B Moral Arc of Universe/Karma/Reincarnation #16B   The Golden Rule, Village Ethic of Mutual Help #17B Gratitude & Forgiveness  
#20A   Elitism    #21B Service to Others   #29A   The Self Restrained Person #30    Imagination, Curiosity, Intellectual Freedom    
#31   Education for Democracy   #32A  Valuing Human Rights  #34 Valuing Traditions and Status Quo  #37B Global Citizen  
#42   Ethical Orientation #47A  Attitudinal Fix  #48A Privacy #48B  Liking Co-operation-Based Communities  
#102A Conscientious, Efficient Stewardship #102B Easy-Going, Disorderly, Cavalier #103B Celebrating Team Accomplishments #201A Evidence-Based   
#202B Relaxed, Generous, Loving #203B Egalitarian Progressive #204A Freedom From Limits #204B  Limits & Ethics  

More to Explore -- Worldview Theme #36B: Conspiracies

Conspiracy Encyclopedia: The Encyclopedia of Conspiracy Theories (official website of publisher)
Conspiracy-net: The Most Definitive Conspiracy Theory Portal on the Web
No Such Thing as Paranoia: On the Culture of Conspiracism
Baltimore bridge collapse was tragic enough. Then came the right-wing conspiracy theorists by Rex Huppke  (from USA Today March 27 2024)
Jewish Space Lasers--The Rothschilds and 200 Years of Conspiracy Theories  by Mike Rothschild ( book review by Emily Tamkin in The Washington Post September 19 2023)
Conspiracy Theories Can Be Undermined with These Strategies, New Analysis Shows by Stephanie Pappas (posted on Scientific American, April 5 2023)
‘I was wrong’: how Covid conspiracies became a gateway to extreme views by Ben Quinn (from The Guardian Jan 11 2023)
Analysis | "There’s actually only one conspiracy theory: Democrats are evil" by Phillip Bump  (from The Washington Post Jan 27 2023)
"Why Conspiratorial Beliefs Are So Hard to Dislodge" (from Wired May 7, 2022)
“Conspiracy mentality around the globe tends to be particularly pronounced on the political fringes” by Universitaet Mainz  (academic study report January 2022)

“The real reason for the vile GOP child-porn attack on Judge Jackson” by Paul Waldman  (connects w/ QAnon conspiracy  from The Washington Post March 24 2022)

“The dark side of wellness: the overlap between spiritual thinking and far-right conspiracies” by Eva Wiseman  (from The Guardian October 17 2021)
Conspiracy Theories  -- from Congo to the Capitol (report from The Economist September 4 2021)
Hispanics and QAnon  (article from The Economist June 12 2021)
White Evangelicals More Likely to Believe in QAnon Than Any Other Faith Group (Newsweek story February 2021)
essay: “We can still save democracy from conspiracies” by Sacha Baron Cohen (in Time magazine October 19 2020)
Down the rabbit hole—How Conspiracy Theories Are Shaping the 2020 Election"  by Charlotte Alter  (article from Time magazine September 21 2020)
“Is Qanon America’s Newest Religion?” by Bonnie Kristian (article about political, conspiracy minded apocalyptic folks posted on The Week May 22 2020) 
“Study: Nearly a third of Americans believe a conspiracy theory about the origins of the coronavirus” 
FDA warns conspiracy theorist Alex Jones to stop pitching bogus virus remedies by Matthew Perrone (posted on ABC News April 10, 2020)
"The flat-Earth conspiracy is spreading around the globe. Does it hide a darker core?" by Rob Picheta (report from CNN Nov 17 2019)
“Viral Area 51 ‘raid’ amasses 1 million recruits, gets Air Force warning” by Hannah Sparks  (The New York Post alien coverup related article)
“Dad of Sandy Hook victim wins suit against conspiracy theorists” by Amanda Woods (report from The New York Post June 18 2019)
"#QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained" by Jane Coaston  (August 1 2018 post on VOX)

"Magical Thinking in America" by Frank S. Robinson (from his Nov 2017 blog)

Superstition, Magical Thinking, and Gun Laws (w/ comments on 2018 book Enchanted America by Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood from The Economist Oct 7 2017)

“NASA Denies That It’s a Running Child Slave Colony on Mars” by Ben Collins  (June 29 2017 report posted on The Daily Beast)

Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann  (NY Times Book Review by Dave Eggers  Feb 28 2017 story of “one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history”)

Great Conspiracy Theories of 2016 by Elle Hunt (article in The Guardian Dec 22 2016)
Pizzagate: From Rumor to Hashtag to Gunfire in DC by Marc Fisher etal. (report about fake news story in The Washington Post  Dec 6 2016)
"John Oliver hilariously explains YouTube conspiracy theories" by Chris Smith (March 28 2016 post of video)

"Science vs Conspiracy: Collective Narratives in the Age of Misinformation" by Alessandro Bessi etal   Feb 2015

American Conspiracy Theories by J. Uscinski and J. Parent (more on this 2014 book from Oxford University Press)
"US Postal Service Joins Federal Ammo Purchases" (Apr 2014 article about conspiracy theory re government plan to drive up price of ammo)
"The Astounding Conspiracy Theories of Wall Street Genius Mark Gorton" by Hamilton Nolan (April 11 2014 article posted on
"NSA and Cryptography: Cracked Credibility" (of interest to conspiracy theorists, article in The Economist Sep 14 2013)
"From Global Warming to Fluoride--Why Do People Deny Science?" by A. Varki and D. Brower (May 25 2013 article on
The Believing Brain: From Ghosts and Gods to Politics and Conspiracies  by Michael Shermer (2011 book)
Cults, Conspiracies, and Secret Societies by Arthur Goldwag (review of this 2009 book) 
"Skeptic: Paranoia Strikes Deep" by Michael Shermer (essay in September 2009 issue Scientific American
"The Paranoid Style in American Politics" by Richard Hofstadter (classic 1964 essay relevant to conspiracy theory)
Global Advanced Trait: Paranoia
Conspiracy Planet -- Alternative News & History Network
Conspiracy Digest
Skeptical Report on UN Agenda 21 viewed as "Smart Growth Communism" Conspiracy by Tea Partiers (article in March 2011 issue of Mother Jones)
The Listener, by Timothy Lavin (Jan 2010 Atlantic article re: Coast to Coast AM's "conspiratorial worldview")
Coast to Coast AM Radio Show website  (popular talk show build around a "conspiratorial worldview") 
The American Denial of Global Warming (12/12/2007 UCTV program looks at reasons for this)
"Fantasy Island" by Jacob Weisberg ("conspiracy thinking is flourishing on the right" May 2011 Slate article)
Donald Trump's New Obama Conspiracy Theory by Michelle Goldberg (Apr 2011 post on The Daily Beast)
"UFO Encounter Revealed After Almost 40 Years By Ex-Military Pilot" (April 2012 story from The Huffington Post)
UFOs in the FBI's Vault by Mike Krumboltz (April 2011 report on conspiracy theory involving FBI) 
Mrs. Paine's Garage (and the Murder of JFK)  by T. Mallon (2003 book w/ good discussion of conspiracy theories)
Conspiracy Theories (1999 article,  from atheist perspective) 
Post 9/11 Conspiracism (from Political Research Associates Website)
"The Paranoid Style in American Politics" by Richard Hofstadter (summary of this 1964 essay by historian)
Criticism of Conspiracism, by Chip Berlet  (subtitled Conspiracism and Right Wing Populism)
Conspiracism as a Flawed Worldview
Conspiracy Theorists (organization challenging conspiracism)
Conspiracy: How the Paranoid Style Flourishes and Where It Comes From, by Daniel Pipes-Washington Post bookreview
The Roots of Conspiracy Denial (another review of Pipes' book) 
quotes involving conspiracy and related terms

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