Today is November 25th 2015. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day and right now there is an article on Yahoo News about how oil prices are set to hit a record low by Christmas. Just today I was a bit shocked to see the price of gas had fallen to $1.75 per gallon. I honestly didn’t know if I’d ever see gas that low again.
Just a few years ago gas was hovering at $5.00 per gallon. More than double what it is today. And we haven’t even hit the bottom yet. All of this change has been driven by the fact that new technology has been perfected and brought online quickly so as to access oil reserves in the United States that were not easy to access before.
So how does all this relate to conspiracy theories?
Well one of the major underlying ideas out there where conspiracy theories is concerned is that “Big Oil” has the world in a stranglehold. I bet that everyone out there has stumbled on some article or blog post about how years ago some inventor came up with some simplistic “carburetor” that would allow you to split water into its elemental parts of hydrogen and oxygen and then burn the hydrogen as a fuel in a car. Water powered cars.
In fact, the only reason why we didn’t HAVE these things was because Big Oil had bought the patent long ago and had “shelved” the technology so the public couldn’t use it. They had also done the same thing with a bunch of other technological advances. Big Oil. Holding the world back so that they could realize their obscene profits.
Well apparently they are not as good at this whole buy-it-and-bury-it thing as we would have been lead to believe because if they WERE…then fracking sure as heck wouldn’t have been allowed to see the light of day. How could they encourage the development and implementation of technology that would certainly lead to what it HAS lead to….a SIGNIFICANT drop in oil prices?
Anyway, my point is that “Big Oil” doesn’t have the world under its thumb anywhere to the degree that Alex Jones and Company would have us believe. Nor does the Military Industrial Complex. The fools out there who believe that some shadowy puppeteer keeps the world perpetually at war so that Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Halliburton can rank in profits year-in-year out don’t understand that NOBODY has the world under their thumb to that degree. Furthermore, a world at PEACE is a world where people spend, spend, SPEND….which means more gross domestic product being shipped and sold, more income being generated, and (cha-CHING)…more TAX dollars.
Keep them tax dollars flowing.
It’s not in the politicians best interests nor the best interests of the vast majority of all the monster businesses out there to have anything but perpetual peace. If you think that lots of dollars are enough to turn the course of the entire world where global security is concerned just so that you can sell more bombs and stuff….then apparently whoever has the most MONEY should be able to have the final say in which way the world turn. Whether to war…or to peace.
So which is more likely? Lockheed Martin, with profits of $3.6B in 2014 using their money and power to ensure that the world goes TO war…or Apple, with $40B in profits using THEIR money and power to ensure that the world does NOT go to war so people feel fine spending their money on another iPad?
Big Oil doesn’t control the world. Big Pharma doesn’t control the world. The Military Industrial Complex doesn’t control the world. Period. If you believe that then you’re trying to look for simplicity in an incredibly complex system.
Humans crave simple answers, even when none exist. So if you swing that way it only means your human. But recognize it for what it is. Old-school, tribal thinking. The desire to draw a line and say that anyone who lives on THAT side of the line is an enemy and everyone on THIS side of the line is a friend and that over in THEIR camp there are shadowy wizards with mysterious powers that they wild in secret and that few people can comprehend. I mean…common…they even CALL the Illuminati the “shadow government”.
Whenever you first start swiming in the conspiracy theory pools the major underlying question is, “What if the world isn’t what it seems to be?” But upon closer examination, it may be the case that the deeper and better question is, “What if the world is EXACTLY as it seems to be?”