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A Conspiracy of Conspiracies

By Peter Bowditch

Republic of Lies is a primer on the state of conspiracy thinking.

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I’m doing something a little different this time and reviewing Republic of Lies by Anna Merlan. The content of this book is somewhat US-centric but there is still a lot that is relevant to Australia.

Many of the US conspiracists rely on misinterpretation or misunderstanding of the US Constitution, but I suppose that’s more understandable than Australian conspiracists citing the same document. I’ve heard Australians claim their Second Amendment right to carry guns and their Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination. (The second amendment to the Australian Constitution allowed the Commonwealth to take over debts incurred by the states prior to Federation, while the fifth extended the rights and responsibilities of citizenship to the Indigenous population.)

All the usual suspects are there:

  • the 9/11 Truthers who know that the Twin Towers were destroyed by the US government to create an excuse for a war against Arabs, or by Arabs as a reaction to US foreign policy and support of Israel, or by Jewish agents to force a war with Arabs (or in the case of the buildings’ owners, to collect on insurance), or (pick your own conspiracy);
  • the vaccine opponents who also don’t want fluoride contaminating our precious bodily fluids;
  • the Freemen of the Land who know that governments are corporations who own the citizens as assets to...

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