Monday, July 24, 2006
(11:04 AM) | Adam Kotsko:
9/11 Conspiracy Theorism: True?Judge for yourself! There's a short version, a longer version, and some even longer versions, too.
When you're done with that, you can view some of the documents on mind control.
Here's a lecture by David Ray Griffin, a leading process theologian who co-wrote Process Theology: An Expository Introduction with John Cobb and who co-edited the corrected text of Whitehead's Process and Reality and has done a ton of other stuff, too. Reading his lectures on the topic is a good way to feel extremely angry. What gives it some plausibility in my mind is the fact that the collapse of the towers resembles a controlled demolition -- although a decision on the part of the owners to cut their losses by taking down the entire building does not require that broad of a conspiracy.
"Conspiracy theory" is of course a dirty word -- but speaking of conspiracy theories more generally, one could take Foucault's thought to be structured like a "conspiracy theory without a subject." Don DeLillo's Libra gives a fascinating fictional account of how an apparent "conspiracy theory" could come together and cause an event that a variety of actors want to happen, though for contradictory reasons -- and in fact, it would seem that the Iraq War is one of those kinds of things. We don't have to assume sheer cynicism is using so many different contradictory reasons to distract from the one true reason -- maybe all the contradictory reasons really are true, and that's precisely why it's such a clusterfuck.
In any case, what do we think? Is 9/11 conspiracy theorism true? Plausible? Worthy of being dismissed out of hand? In any case, remember: you won't see the mainstream blogocracy touching this. That's why you need to come to The Weblog -- for posts about 9/11 conspiracy theorism and the relative moral opprobrium attached to child molestation and terrorism. (Donations are accepted via the PayPal link in the right-hand sidebar.)