I'm with you, but the line "you just search for conspiracies while I look at reality" is the one thing I have a problem with. The situation you describe between "Cancer Guy" and "Food Guy", while it may be legit in a capitalist system, is the very definition of a CONSPIRACY. You may be looking at it as reality, and I may be calling it a conspiracy, but at the end of the day it is both. If in fact Cancer Guy and Food Guy are CONSPIRING to maximize profits at the expense of everyone, then it is a CONSPIRACY. Why does conspiracy have to be a bad word. If Kobe Bryant plans to pass the ball to Steve Nash and then Nash back to Kobe for a dunk, and they are keeping it a secret from the other team, there is nothing wrong/bad about this, but it's still a conspiracy.
Here's the thing; post-9/11, especially
because of 9/11 truthers, Loose Change, Glenn Beck, and other bullshit like that, 'conspiracy' has become a bad word. (As well, while you could
define the bolded as a conspiracy, you never
would. It may match the meaning, in the strictest terms, but it doesn't fit.) Take, for instance, my Dad - he doesn't really have any political leanings one way or the other. He votes Republican one year, Democrat the next, maybe doesn't vote some year. Doesn't really stay abreast of any story that isn't in Time or USAToday, etc. If I tried to describe to him a flawed system of government that allows corporate influence to buy influence in elections, business and the overall power structure of the nation, he could probably follow along and become 'woken up' - I guarantee
you, however, that if I started talking about conspiracies, back-room deals, New World Order, Illuminati, connections, straight-up Glenn Beck/Anti-Flag bullshit - he'd just hear his 16 year old rambling about how 'evil' Bush was again and how he did 9/11 and the moon landing was a hoax damnit!!
The average person that you would want to educate about these issues
does not have a great response to the word 'conspiracy'. That's all I'm saying. If you're trying to find something, to find your niche, and 'conspiracy hunting' is it - then don't let me rain on your parade. Go nuts, Jesse Ventura, Jr. However, if you genuinely do want to educate people about these very important issues - just dial it back down from 11 to 8 or 9. You'll win more people over with honey than vinegar - and 'conspiracy' is vinegar to a lot of people.
I guess your only real point in all of this is that there is a chance that I am right, but I shouldn't use the word conspiracy, because people like you automatically think I'm crazy for even using such a word.
No, not 'people like me'; that's what I'm saying. People like me already know about every single conspiracy theory you're going to bring up. None of this surprises me (that's why when I was being a dick I would type
) I'm not the one thinking you're crazy - to me, before we started talking more, you came off as unaware or immature. It's the 'regular' people who would never
even bother looking into this stuff - corruption, conspiracy or otherwise - who are going to think you're crazy and be turned off - i.e., the very people you don't want to do that to.
I'd know, I used to do the very thing I'm talking about there ^
The things that go on in our capitalist system, may just be people using the system to the fullest, but if it's at the cost of many people's lives, then I think it's time people look at this system and work on finding a better solution.
If someone is knowingly and purposefully doing things to harm people, this is illegal, but in a capitalist society we can just turn our heads and say, "Well, they're just practicing good business. The system is just shitty"
The bolded is exactly what you should say. Notice you didn't say 'conspiracy', yet you got your exact
point across. If we took a look at the system and found a better solution, then most of the 'conspiracies' that we've been calling 'business as usual' wouldn't be happening.
Neither me, Collective Confusion, or anyone else who was commenting actually believe
what they're doing is a good business practice - but the uber-Capitalists and Ayn Rand fans certainly could.