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There are some genuine conspiracies afoot in the world. These tend to be restricted in their ambit; all too often they cock up spectacularly. But with the large-scale events where the credulous see conspiracy, cock-up is invariably the correct explanation. Princess Di's death? A drunken cock-up. The British invasion of Iraq? An arrogant cock-up by those swinging dicks Blair, Campbell et al. Global warming? A cock-up by most of humanity. So on it goes: cock-up, cock-up, cock-up. Contrary to what Marxists and conspiracy theorists alike believe, human history doesn't advance by any discernible dialectic, but revolves in a cycle of cock-ups. Presumably, this will continue until the gyre widens out into the big cock-up that does for us all entirely.
It's easy to understand why conspiracy theories should have such a grip on the collective imagination. It's tough living in a chaotic universe ruled only by contingency and cock-up, and without the reassuring belief that all is for the best in the best of all possible worlds. Besides, the conspiracy-believer is flattered by his own credulousness, which he mistakes for enhanced insight. He - unlike you - is in on something, privy to the gossip of the celestial spheres, logged on to the cosmic Twitter.
So, take my advice: don't attempt for a second to argue with these deluded folk. Simply smite them on the head with a copy of Hume's Enquiry - or, better still, his much heftier Treatise of Human Nature. Hardback, naturally.
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