In defining his Social Conspiracy Theory, Karl Popper identifies the essence of the conspiracy in the verses of Homer: the power of the gods is conceived “in such a way that everything that happened in the plain in front of Troy was only a reflection of the many conspiracies plotted in Olympus. The social conspiracy theory is in fact a version of this theism, the belief, that is, in a deity whose whims or wills govern everything. It is a consequence of the disappearance of the reference to God, and of the consequent question ‘who is there in his place?’. The latter is now occupied by various powerful men and groups – sinister pressure groups, who can be accused of having organized the great depression and all the evils from which we suffer.
This illuminating analysis, often quoted by Umberto Eco, is very topical today in light of the spread of countless conspiracy theories in these months of pandemic, conveyed in a dizzying way by the new digital communication tools. One of the first and most widespread features a “powerful” ultra-billionaire, the co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, who allegedly plotted the spread of the coronavirus to profit from the production of vaccines. Perhaps with the complicity of Hollywood stars dedicated to black magic and cannibalism.
Come on No vax to the movement QAnonby the unfailing supporters of Jewish conspiracy to obsessed with 5G, the Great Net amplifies an inventory of bestiality and disinformation denied by anyone who examines data and news without prejudice and with a “scientific” method. We are faced with a faith that is no longer based on a “creed” but, on the contrary, on a “non-creed” built on the belief that all the political palaces harbor machinations to the detriment of the people. Paradoxical, but not too much, the fact that many followers of this secular cult turn out to be sympathizers of dictatorial regimes or oligarchic forms of government that flaunt the banner of democracy.
An “atheist religion” that deserves to be proven wrong with a nice prize contest. Yes, a tender like the one created in 1964 by James Randithe American conjurer who became famous for his “One Million Dollar Paranormal Challenge”. The “magician” promised a large cash prize (one million dollars) never collected by anyone, to whoever managed to demonstrate any paranormal power or supernatural phenomenon.
Well, the race begins again: the “know-it-alls” of global mysteries come forward.