Conspiracy theories are everywhere. Some have garnered so much attention that a majority of Americans believe them to be 100 percent true. Political scientists Eric Oliver and Thomas Wood have studied conspiracy theories and concluded that people see them as “an explanation that makes reference to hidden, malevolent forces seeking to advance some nefarious aim.”
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Here is a list of conspiracy theories that are popular in America.
1. The JFK Assassination
When John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov 22. 1963, it sent shockwaves through the United States. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the crime, but many felt he was simply a scapegoat.
The subject matter has been covered in countless books of fiction and non-fiction. In a recent poll, 51 percent of Americans believe the assassination was a conspiracy. Popular theories suggest the CIA and/or KGB was behind the assassination.
The conspiracy has been studied for over 50 years and has been one of the most sought-after requests for sealed records. When President Trump released the retracted documents in 2017, thousands of people scoured every page to find any clues that would answer the question, “Who killed Kennedy”?
2. The Illuminati Control the World
The idea of a clandestine society that secretly runs the world keeps many conspiracy theorists busy. The endgame of such a group is supposedly complete authoritarian control.
For the better part of America’s history, people have believed this notion that one group after another was attempting to take over. At one time Freemasons were considered one of those secret upper-class groups, then Hitler convinced people that it was the Jewish people.
Currently, the Illuminati, or “Globalists” as they are referred to in today’s society, allegedly control the celebrities of the world.
3. 9/11 Was an Inside Job
Since the horrific tragedy of 9/11, people have argued that 9/11 was not carried out by terrorists, but instead, orchestrated by the American government.
Those who support this theory claim that there were explosions that brought the towers down. Theorists also claim that jet fuel cannot melt steel beams like those that held the Twin Towers upright — a notion that has since been debunked.
Other theories of the 9/11 attack claim that the American government knew the attack was coming and allowed it since it would push Congress to invade Iraq. Most of these claims have been disproven.
4. Aliens are Real and They Are Contacting Us
One of the most talked about and studied theories is that aliens are indeed real and have been trying to make contact with us. Alien fever really took off in America when an unidentified object crashed in Rosewell, New Mexico.
This fascination finally led the government to acknowledge the existence of Area 51. Theorists believe that alien technology is responsible for the new tech developments in the world. There are also those who believe that the latest high-tech military weapons come from alien weaponry.
The belief in alien life visiting earth was at an all time high when the TV show “X-Files” was on. The show implemented many of the theories conspiracists have about an alien invasion.
5. The Moon Landing was Fake
That’s one small step for a man and one giant leap for mankind. Or was it? Conspiracy theorists believe that one of the most significant scientific achievements in the history of the world was somehow faked.
The popular notion is that the footage captured from the moon landing was actually done inside a Hollywood movie studio. Those who argue that the moon landing was falsified normally point to the footage of the American flag that was planted on the moon. Pictures seem to show the flag rustling in the wind. Most people are quick to point out that there is no wind in space.
Astronaut Buzz Aldrin certainly believes he stepped foot on the moon as he punched a man in the face who tried to argue that the moon landing was fake. If you don’t believe it happened, don’t tell Aldrin.
Most people think the trail of white following airplanes in the sky is a combination of vapor from the plane’s engine combined with low temperatures in the higher altitude sky.
But if you’re a conspiracy theorist, you likely think that the government is actually dropping some kind of chemical on the American people designed to make us more willing to follow the government’s lead. You know what, let’s not even consider this one.
7. The FDA Has a Cure for Cancer
Finishing out our list may be one of the most believed conspiracy theories — the FDA has a cure for cancer and is withholding it from the world.
The theory is that the FDA and Big Pharma found a cure long ago and instead of giving it to the thousands of people who die from cancer every year, they chose to keep it for themselves and only give it to the elites of society.
Rational people realize that this would require thousands and thousands of people who work in these organizations to keep the secret from everyone they know. Most would find it difficult to believe that all of these people are willing to withhold a cure for one of the deadly diseases on the planet.
So while some may occasionally wonder about the coincidences that occur in life, conspiracy theorists are sure that there’s no such thing as coincidence.