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What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?

 
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What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
I am a young guy. There was a day when I was younger when I believed everything was ok. All adults had everything under control. Everyone must had been happy. I grew. I learned some shit. and now Sometimes I dont know what to think anymore. I wonder if I am paranoid. I wonder if I just think the world is in such states of danger only because it has a sub-lying effect of entertainment on my mind. I cant tell if it is only because the internet has been around so recently or because I am getting older to the point where I am hearing about what is really going on, but are conspiracy theories a new thing? I feel like everyday I go online I read about some self-defeating thing that is happening or happened that either means the world is going to end soon or that the world is being controlled by an elite. Are conspiracy theories a fad or are there more reason for conspiracies lately? have conspiracies been this big and as popular in the past? Maybe is just the internet with its revolutionary development in communication. When did the idea of conspiracy theory first develop?
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01/22/2011 02:21 AM
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Re: What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
The banks are very old.

I would say the way they actually work is still hidden
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01/22/2011 02:28 AM
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Check out this article if you get the time..it's kinda long.
It's from 1964 and the author is discussing conspiracy theories of the day. Take out the dates and some names and he might as well be talking about today.

[link to harpers.org]

They are not new. The internet gives them new life and they can reach a lot more ppl.

Suspicion about the illuminati goes back to it's inception.
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Re: What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
Cavemen once believed that dinosaurs were killed off by fireworks....
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The earliest conspiracy theory that I can think of off hand is the blood libel. It came from a book written in the 16th(?) century that accused Jews of kidnapping and sacrificing Christian children to use their blood in unleavened bread. This theory still exists toady, and is believed by some here on GLP.

The Templar's could be considered an even older conspiracy theory, but I don't recall enough of their history to tell you right now.

But, Conspiracy theories have hit an all time high in popularity, post 9-11-01. I don't recall a single instance of contemporary conspiracy theories before those planes hit the towers that morning.
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The anti Jew stuff goes back at least to 325ad

Conversation and fellowship with jews was forbidden to the clergy by the council of nicea

I don't know if they though they were alien reptilian hybrid jews back then? But they had their suspicions...lol
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32,561 BC
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01/22/2011 02:42 AM
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Re: What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
Probably not the first to be theorised.. but an early one..

[link to en.wikipedia.org]
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Re: What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
I would venture to guess that as long as there have been people in power, saying one thing and doing another, there have been conspiracy theorists, calling them out on their shit.
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Re: What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
When the first of mankind were sitting around the fire there was a loser. The loser was a terrible hunter, the cave woman didn't want him. So he started complaining to another loser about how it was a conspiracy by the Powers That Be. Of course in this case the PTB was just the big hairy guy who was the best hunter. The friend loser felt good because he now knew the reason why there were leaders and losers, it was a plot.

There have always been conspiracy theories. And people who fear the unknown have always felt powerful believing they are 'in the know' on the plans of those in power.
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Re: What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
That the earth is really round and not flat...
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Re: What and when was the first conspiracy theory...theorized?
Satan was the original conspiracy...

Then came his empire...


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