This is an interesting take down of the Atlantic piece on conspiracy theories. It’s a difficult time for trusting media following an explosion of truthiness. This is a good reminder that well intentioned pieces in reputable journals can still mislead by omission.
[The Atlantic’s list of conspiracies] omits the two most pernicious and consequential conspiracy theories of modern times: that Saddam Hussein had a hand in 9/11 and that Iraq had Weapons of Mass Destruction. Fake Moon landings and healing crystals may be easier to deride, but their actual effect on politics, globally and domestically, is thus far (thankfully) fairly trivial.
Distrust abounds in the political world, but its not just the candidates we mistrust. The whole fundamental system is not trust worthy. Financial and special interests rule, and until we reduce the influence of raw dollars on candidates we’ll be stuck with the same.
A serious issue exists with what Stephen Walt of Harvard University has called the “ruling elites in many liberal societies and especially the United States, where money and special interests have created a corrupt political class that is out-of-touch with ordinary people, interested mostly in enriching themselves, and immune to accountability.” This has to end.
Democracy has to deliver — not just to the rich but the most vulnerable. This is a fundamental lesson of recent times.
When democracy creates wealth on a broad scale there is no tension between it and capitalism. But when that is not the case, the value of democracy becomes less clear to some.
The Age of Distrust http://nyti.ms/2d1B476