Illuminati New World Order, Steve Jackson’s card game that satirizes conspiracy theories, is long out-of-print but continues to provide grist for the mill to those same conspiracy theorists. In the past, it was said that the game predicted the terrorist attacks of 9/11. New theories seem to focus on two cards, “Enough is Enough” and “Charismatic Leader”, with images purported to resemble Donald Trump. And based on the content of those cards, these theories predict an assassination. A simple search of YouTube brings up thousands of such results from just this month.
“Conspiracy theories are popular because no matter what they posit, they are all actually comforting, because they all are models of radical simplicity.” —Novelist William Gibson
Conspiracy advocates tend to think almost everyone is stupid – except them and a few people like them.
People who understand history know that successful “conspiracies” are very rare. Yet contemporaries seem more and more prone to believe conspiracy theories (such as “the media is leftist”). That’s at the root of a refusal to check facts. When one candidate (Trump) himself promotes ridiculous conspiracy theories (such as, global warming is a Chinese conspiracy), what can sensible people do?