An Unscientific Summary of Favorite Theories About Hidden Forces Controlling Our Lives
Almost every month on The Michael Medved Show we offer Conspiracy Day when the moon is full—opening the lines to impassioned callers who seek to expose deep secrets and hidden forces behind perplexing, painful present events. After 15 years of featuring these calls on our show, we compiled a list of the most popular conspiracy theories advocated by our national audience. In order of popularity they are:
1. A conspiracy killed John F. Kennedy and then successfully covered up the crime.
2. Powerful, shadowy bankers and business leaders–organized around the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, the Trilateral Commission, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones Society (or all of these)–plan to impose a New World Order, suspending national sovereignty and individual liberty.
3. 9/11 was an inside job.
4. The Masons and/or the Illuminati have conspired to cause all of the world’s problems and tragedies for the last 300 years.
5. The United States moon landings were faked on a movie set in the Nevada desert.
6. A UFO crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1948 and the charred alien bodies are stored in the same Nevada site where they staged the moon landing.
7. The Federal Reserve System (aka – the Beast from Jekyll Island) was a diabolical plan by international bankers to assure their control of everything.
8. Fluoridation of the water supply is a secret means for poisoning Americans.
9. The US government developed the AIDS virus in a lab as a means of eliminating Africans and homosexuals.
10. The governments of the world have deliberately suppressed evidence of extra-terrestrial visitations in order to prevent public hysteria.
None of these claims are even vaguely persuasive, but they are often intriguing or at least entertaining. In any event, our callers remind us monthly why the word “lunatic” originated to describe a special sort of madness associated with the full moon.
A final note: