Ask a certain type of American today to explain the state of their nation and the world and chances are high that more than once their go to anwers will contain more than one irrational and paranoid conspiracy theory. Talk to many on the streets of Cairo and you will likely get a narrative that places the government of the U.K. as the wellspring of all that nations current problems. Go to China and discuss the outbreak of Covid-19 that originated in Wuhan and you will hear the unfounded, nonsensical and Chinese government backed theory that in fact Covid-19 was brought into China via American service members. Wealthy philanthropist George Soros is not just the subject of conspiracy theories in the U.S.A. He's the target for those believing out and out lies about him promoted by his birth country of Hungary's own current government. Conspiracy theories are not just concepts that make for good thrillers or sci fi. They aren't even fringe, if they ever were. Conspriacy theories are right now the animating force in far too many political movements seeking to change their governments or used as tools by the powers that be to deflect public attention from the powerful and influential. At any given moment in the last 30 years conspiracy theories have actually been a large motivating factor in the concerns of electorates all over the globe. This thread is dedicated to discussion about the conspiracy theories, past and present, that have or are taking on a life of their own and via osmosis are being absorbed into the body politic to the point that even the most insane ideas have to actually be debated or fought over in the public square, and whether or not each one has any merits or validity to them, and how and why they get accepted or rejected by individuals and groups. And of course, we should also discuss if the widespread belief in these conspiracies is positive or negative.