Conspiracy Theory Du Jour: Will we be trading in our dollars for ameros soon? Short answer: I’m betting no, we won’t.
Just so I don’t get accused of being biased or anything, I thought I’d look into some other conspiracy theories. 911 conspiracy theories are all pretty much left wing conspiracy theories, at least that is how I would describe a theory about a Republican administration deliberately murdering thousands of Americans, nu? Fortunately I’m pretty much done with that one, since none of its advocates has come up with an even remotely plausible explanation of how all these demolition charges got planted in the Twin Towers without anyone noticing a thing. Inconvenient questions are the death knell for virtually all conspiracy theories. Hell, most conspiracy theories don’t even get past the “Why the hell would anyone do that?” question.
Fortunately the right has not let us down, they have come up with a vast conspiracy of their own. The so called “Amero” (or North American Union) theory has grown dramatically in popularity in the last few years. This theory claims that a cabal consisting of Bush, secret powerful liberals, and foreign government officials is plotting to combine Canada, Mexico, and the United States into one giant country with a single currency…the Amero. IE the borders of Canada and Mexico will basically be erased so that people and goods can move freely across them.
Gotta hand it to the right, when they come up with a conspiracy theory, they think big. How do we know this is a right wing theory? Because the John Birch Society came up with it an is promoting it non stop, in fact reportedly the theory has revitalized this fossil anti-communist organization from the fifties, notable only in history for their bizarre claim that President Eisenhower was a closet communist. Apparently Mr Bush is a closet illegal immigrant, weren’t they supposed to check on that before swearing him into office?
However, to be fair, let’s look at the theory. Why would Bush want the borders erased? And there I immediately have a problem. After reading a dozen or more web sites breathlessly warning about this upcoming loss of sovereignty, none even comes close to explaining why the USA would want to merge with its neighbours. I mean, Bush could largely open the borders tomorrow if he really wanted to have a free flow of trade and people across them. There would be no need for stealth. And why the rich and powerful of Canada or Mexico would want to surrender sovereignty to the US isn’t addressed either.
A lot of evidence is produced to support the theory, but it’s all based on how one interprets a vast array of the usual diplomatic chatter that goes on between friendly nations. One can find “evidence” for any sort of theory one wants using this method, it’s no better than quoting Bible scripture to prove a point. One has to do more than find supporting passages, one’s arguments have to actually make sense. And the NAU theory just doesn’t make sense to me, maybe a reader can illuminate me as to the motivation for this purported conspiracy and I’ll think about it further.
Frankly I’m starting to have a sneaking suspicion that the Internet is actually worse than TV when it comes to promoting general ignorance. It used to be that a conspiracy like this would be limited to a few people passing out flyers in parking lots, now at the speed of light it can circle the globe and enthral millions of people. The Internet has allowed gullibility to achieve critical mass in a way TV never could. It certainly appears to me that it is easier every day to find mounds of regurgitated stuff on the Internet and little if any critical analysis or source checking.
Another way of looking at it is this, the Internet has been a godsend for people searching for little bits of evidence that support their pet theory. Facts that would have taken days of searches through periodicals and references at the library can now be assembled in minutes. The problem is that a theory is more than a pile of facts, and no matter how many facts one assembles, if the theory makes no sense, it’s just a pile of unrelated facts.
Ah, but can we test the NAU Amero theory? Of course, all this is supposed to happen by 2010. All we have to do is wait. I get bored just standing around though, so let’s make this interesting. If anyone gives me $10 today, I will pay them them $100 worth of Ameros if the Amero becomes legal currency by the end of 2010. Any takers? I didn’t think so. I do think there are interesting psychological and sociological reasons why conspiracy theories are so attractive to many people, but that’s for another post.
And speaking of other theories…there is a conspiracy beneath the conspiracy! Yes folks, the John Birch society, a libertarian patriotic anti-communist right-wing organization who sees liberal conspiracies to destroy the republic everywhere is actually secretly controlled by a much larger Zionist conspiracy! I kid you not! Dear God, turtles, all the way down…
(The above image was assembled from images freely available on the Internet. I offer it as proof. Proof of what? I’m not sure yet. My limited graphics skills? And yes, the bet offered above is a rhetorical device, aka a joke, and should not be taken literally by those of a legalistic bent. And isn’t it weird that we have created a world where everything has legal fine print? Rod Serling missed that one coming I guess.)