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Michael Fullerton

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Why is someone a "conspiracy theorist" merely because they question the government account of something? Isn't that plain old skepticism?

Skepticism is supposed to involve objectively questioning claims based on evidence. Why then is someone called a conspiracy theorist when they merely question a government's extraordinary claim which is seriously lacking in evidence?


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  • Aug 1 2013: Michael Fullerton
    Isn't that plain old skepticism? Of course it is.
    How can you can compare Today, Last Week, and Last Month without becoming skeptical
    of the US Democracy sold world-wide as the good geographical Government.
    "1984" was a tough read as a novel, but nothing can deny it's parallels with today.
    “There was of course no way of knowing whether you were being watched at any given moment.
    George Orwell, from the novel ’1984′)
    How often, or on what system, the Thought Police plugged in on any individual wire was guesswork.
    It was even conceivable that they watched everybody all the time. But at any rate they could plug in
    your wire.whenever they wanted to. You had to live—did live, from habit that became instinct—in the assumption that every sound you made was overheard, and, except in darkness, every movement scrutinized.”

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