Kurt Eichenwald's The Plot To Destroy America

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George Orwell once wrote in an essay on critical thinking, “To see what is in front one’s nose needs a constant struggle.” (Orwell). Orwell, I think was trying to say, that the hard part about critical thinking, is reducing subjectivity and increasing objectivity. Conspiracy theories often suspend critical thinking to maintain the assertion. There is a large audience for this type of reasoning. A reluctance to accept things as they appear to be, by not to search for meaning in randomness. There are very few conspiracy theories that have succumbed to the weight of facts. They often come with the tagline “the truth will come out”, only to never come out. Many of these theories are born out of a rebellion to those in power and the structures that…show more content…
This philosophy states “Entities should not be multiplied unnecessarily”, that if there are two explanations for an occurrence, the simpler one is the better one (Thornburn). The more assumptions that you must make, the less likely the explanation is. When you need to add something to fulfill its function of the narrative, you just added the chance to weaken the theory. Kurt Eichenwald’s, The Plot to Destroy America, explains conspiracies and people’s dependence on believing in them. “If people try to correct a false belief, they can simply entrench the belief.” (Sunstein). Conspiracy theories can be a fun way to escape the reality of some mundane truths while realizing that you’re “theorizing “other possible outcomes. When you escape down the rabbit hole of escapism, leaving facts behind, it just becomes delusion. The greater purpose that person believed they were serving disappears. Conspiracies feed off the need in some to believe there is a hidden-hand operating what we perceive as reality. Many rely on yet more conspiracies to answer: then why do these truths remain hidden? A Matrix-like realm pulling the strings? For some, having faith is not something that is easily explainable. It’s choosing to
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