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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Successful Conspiracies

You know, many people oppose the idea that Barack Hussein Obama is secretly an unconverted Muslim, or at least a co-traveler with Muslims.

Likewise, many people reject the idea that there is a problem with his birth certificate.

These concepts are rejected on the grounds that such things require massive conspiracies.

The implication (sometimes explicated) is that massive conspiracies don't work.

Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support the contention that massive conspiracies don't work. Often, they work quite well.

Here is a very short list of some conspiracies that worked out wonderfully well for years or even decades at a stretch.

Successful Massive Conspiracies

Ending of slavery in England - Neither the man who proposed the legislation in Parliament nor most of the people who voted for the legislation realized they were passing a bill specifically designed to end slavery in the British Empire. The reason? The bill didn't attack slavery directly, instead, it created an economic situation which would eventually make legalized slavery economically impossible. The conspirators intended this slavery-ending economic effect, but only the conspirators realized the bill would have this effect. It wouldn't become obvious to everyone else until several years after the bill had been implemented.

Establishment of the Federal Reserve - Whatever you may think about the Fed (and not being an economist, I have no particular ax to grind with it), the fact is, it was established via a conspiracy of economists and bankers. In order to avoid detection, the men in question even went to the trouble of dressing up as duck hunters and taking alternate routes to meet at their rendezvous to discuss the mechanics of how they were going to implement it.

Establishment of Social Security - to this day, there are people who actually think this is some kind of insurance program. Most of the American population don't understand that it is simply a massive tax that forms part of an enormous Ponzi scheme.
World War I
First use of poison gas in warfare- a complete surprise, but it required the coordinated effort of thousands.

The first use of the tank - although tactically indifferent in its effects, it was likewise a complete surprise to the troops who faced it for the first time.

Between war projects
The German T-4 euthanasia program. It was in operation for well over a year before anyone began to suspect problems. It killed well over 100,000 people, up to one-third of all the mental patients in the nation. To this day, we aren't exactly sure how many died. That's a pretty successful conspiracy.

World War II
Enigma decoding project - a massive project involving thousands, but the Germans never had any idea we were reading their messages in real time.
The Great Escape – more than 600 prisoners kept three tunnels so secret that the Germans never even found the third, even though they were actively looking for them during the entire year-long project. A massive conspiracy, successfully kept despite ferocious opposition.
Essentially every nuclear fission project during this war was unknown to the general public (US, Japan, Germany, Russia), and virtually unknown even to people who realized the theoretical possibility. The success rates of each project were unknown to all of the other various combatants (with the possible exception that the progress of the American project was well-known to the Russians due to the successful infiltration of a spy into Los Alamos). The American project was not only carried out in the remote town of Los Alamos, but also in the rather heavily populated towns of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Richland, Washington and Chalk River, Canada. The initial reactor pile was created under the football stadium at the University of Chicago. No one knew it except the people involved.
German development of the jet engine- a complete shock to the fighter pilots who first encountered it. Listen to the tapes sometime, if you get a chance. The Allied pilots reacted as if they were seeing UFOs.
German counter-attack that created the Battle of the Bulge - Only Patton had any inkling that this might happen, and it was based more on instinct than on any reasoned response.
Japanese biological warfare experiments on American prisoners - to this day, most people don't know the Japanese were involved in this.
The existence of German death camps - Certainly the administrations of most governments knew about these by the end of the war, but they were literally unknown for at least a year, and in some cases, several years, prior to that.

Fusion bomb project - The Russians stole the American plans, but no one else knew we were even developing the thing.
SR-71 Blackbird project - Thousands of people on this one. Who knew?
Tuskagee Syphilis experiment - the progress of this ongoing study was published in medical journals for decades, but outside of the medical community, no one had any idea that this was going on.
The polio virus conspiracy - for fifty years, thousands of people knew, but did not tell the public, that the polio vaccine was actually infecting and killing more children than the wild virus. 
In five New England states cases of polio roughly doubled after polio vaccine was introduced. Nevertheless in the midst of the polio panic of the 1950s, with pressure to find a magic bullet, statistics were manipulated by health authorities to give the quite the opposite impression.
Tet Offensive - a massive attack (and massive failure) by the communist Vietnamese against American and South Vietnamese forces, it was an absolute complete surprise to the defenders.
Biological agents tested on the American population - performed by the US Government on the American population for nearly a decade, but no one knew about it until long after the testing had concluded. At least, as far as we know, it has been concluded.
If you go farther back in history, the examples of massive successful conspiracies could be multiplied.
The idea that a conspiracy cannot be maintained beyond a certain very small number of people is a bald assertion that has no basis in fact. Massive conspiracies are common throughout history. All it takes is well-motivated people with the same mindset who see themselves as fighting a common enemy.
Back to Barack
So, when we:
  • look at the way Nancy Pelosi phrased the eligibility papers for Barack,
  • see BHO's reticence to reveal ANY paperwork on himself,
  • look back at his own public statements,
  • his wife's public statements,
  • his family's public statements,
when we investigate who, exactly, could obtain the only public document the man has released about himself,
when we realize that the newspaper references to his birth are not based on witness testimony, but on the self-same public document that virtually any motivated mother or grandmother could obtain for her (grand) child, no matter his real citizenship....
When we realize that Barack is smart enough to figure out that a conspiracy can work as long as it only has to work for a couple of years and only has to involve a few hundred motivated fellow-travellers...
Yes, from an historian's perspective, it is not unreasonable for over one-third of the American population to want some questions answered.
Barack Hussein Obama had a conveniently meteoric rise to power.
If he is keeping one or more big secrets, if he and his friends really did decide to engage in a massive conspiracy, if the people involved in such a putative conspiracy were even moderately intelligent, they would lay out the time line first.
And they would quickly realize what we already know.
He needed only about five years.


dcs said...

You know, many people oppose the idea that Barack Hussein Obama is secretly an unconverted Muslim, or at least a co-traveler with Muslims

That's because many people realize that Islam and Obama's secular liberalism are contradictory.

Steve Kellmeyer said...

You know, I've long thought about writing a book entitled "Three Way Warfare."

Secular liberalism vs Islam vs. Catholicism.

Catholics and Muslims together oppose pornography, generally oppose contraception and abortion, immodest dress - they are together on a lot of the moral issues.

However, secular liberalism and Islam are together on a lot of other moral issues. For instance, both reject monogamy, both are in favor of subjecting women. Although liberals call abortion "empowerment", both philosophies are essentially about making women into sex toys. Both abhor Western democracy, both believe society should be run by an elite, both believe in a dhimmi tax, although they differ on how to define "dhimmi." Islam actually is quite socialistic in its ideas about how people should interact - the philosophy comes first, nationhood second, just as with liberals.

Catholics and liberals have a lot of social doctrine in common, that Muslims don't share. Muslims don't help the poor unless they are Muslim poor, and even then they tend to ignore the poor.

I've got a bit on it at this essay.