- April 24th, 2017
Notwithstanding the keyboard warriors of the tin-foil hat brigade and the ever-authoritative guy-in-a-bar; great big conspiracies are quite rare. Human beings are complicated and society is hard to steer. Whatever else one may believe, the laws that actually govern human affairs are Murphy’s (That which can go wrong, will go wrong) and the good old Law of Unintended Consequences.
The Internet allows modern conspiracy theories to move fast, and cognitive dissonance is endemic in our badly educated time; but the desire to believe in strange and mysterious influences never really changes. Read Charles MacKay’s 1841 book “Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds”; there are good reasons why this book remains in print.
By and large, the institutions of democratic government have learned to take a deep breath when confronted with a new conspiracy theory. We have seen what use totalitarian regimes make use of them and remember some of our own more shameful episodes. Ordinarily, skepticism and reserve stand us in good stead – and rooting out conspiracies is ugly work at the best of times.
However, what happens when we really are confronted with a conspiracy?
We are – still – learning about what can happen when a large group of people share an ideological perspective and network with each other over the course of their professional lives. The misgovernment and inanity of the Post-Modernists who began by fighting against the ‘Establishment’, then became an even worse one themselves, is a case in point. This isn’t a conspiracy, per se, although it certainly looks like one.
Then there is the Muslim Brotherhood. Founded in 1928 as an instrument to bring about Salafism and Sharia law to the Muslim masses, the Muslim Brotherhood has – among many other things – tried to kill every ruler of Egypt since. It has been involved in the creation of Hamas, al Qaeda and ISIS – to name a few.
The Brotherhood is banned in Egypt, Bahrain, Russia, in both Syria and Saudi Arabia (an unlikely point of agreement between the two) and the United Arab Emirates. Jordan is cracking down on the Brotherhood and the Muslim Brotherhood went underground in the UK when authorities started investigating it. The Germans – ever alert to hostile ideologues as a result of their own history – are growing alarmed about the Brotherhood’s presence right now.
The Muslim Brotherhood has outlived every attempt to shut them down, and they did learn much from the Nazis (with whom they cooperated) and the practices of the USSR. Where they operate openly and make much noise about their charitable practices, they are also familiar with the old tactics of entry-ism, using front organizations and find it ridiculously easy to court politicians in these days of Multi-Culturalism and ‘Diversity’.
Normally, one should discredit conspiracy theories and democracies should be slow to take them seriously. But what happens when a conspiratorial group really is present? The Brotherhood doesn’t operate openly in Canada, but its fronts are visible and active. Our national security is being seriously compromised.
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