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SkySky16
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MyGodKilledYourGod
Con (against)

Are conspiracy theories beneficial for society?

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Started: 3/13/2017 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Debating Period
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SkySky16

Pro

I will be arguing Pro, although I don't personally believe in any conspiracy theories.

R1: Acceptance
R2: Opening statements
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R5: Closing arguments
MyGodKilledYourGod

Con

I accept the challenge, that conspiracy theories are not beneficial for society, defining it as:

noun
1.
a theory that explains an event as being the result of a plot by a covert group or organization; a belief that a particular unexplained event was caused by such a group.
2.
the idea that many important political events or economic and social trends are the products of secret plots that are largely unknown to the general public.

that while sometimes good, mostly act against the well being to the country.
Debate Round No. 1
SkySky16

Pro

My opening statement will be formatted in clear and distinct points.

1. Conspiracy theories are good for society

Tom Rogan, a political analyst, wrote a 2013 article on this very topic. He didn't do what most conspiracy theory fans do and point out times where these theories were correct but discussed his idea that they are good for society. He and I share these beliefs and I will outline and explain them.
"These theories are testaments to our society," Tom says, "They show that America is still a place that engages in a vigorous, unending exchange of ideas." And I would have to agree. America was built on the notion of freedom, especially ideas and thought, even when someone deemed it bad or harmful. The general consensus among journalists at least seems to be exactly that, bad and harmful. But what conspiracy theories do promote and cause the exchange of ideas, debates, scholarly discussion. Believe it or not, many educated people do believe in at least one theory. Besides the fact that most everyone enjoys to hear these crazy ideas, even if they can drive you crazy at times, people want to know things. This is exactly what conspiracy theories do, especially at the younger ages. Tommy the fifth grader and his friends are not likely to talk about the causes of the collapse of the roman empire and what it meant for civilization but they may rattle on about how the moon landing was fake!
This sparks curiosity, and curiosity leads to search and discovery of information. Getting children interested in history or current events is hard, especially when every first grader seems to have a new iPhone whatever+. These, superficially wacky, theories draw more people to educate themselves. Curiosity is also the driving motivator for professions in STEM fields. Exploration of ideas and limits and possibilities are all what STEM is about. Promoting this thinking is obviously very beneficial.

2. Distrust in the government is a good thing.

Spencer Fernando, also a political analyst, wrote an article early this year on this topic. He justifies this stance "because the system itself has become so massive that it has lost touch with it"s original purpose." I believe this to be true as well. The government is supposed to be operated from the bottom up, giving the people the power over their nation, but this seems to be so far from the truth that it's almost laughable. Trust in the government to do the right thing "most or some of the time" is down to 20% in 2016! The government was originally supposed to be the public's servant but we've seem to flip that around by now. Taxes are rising consistently, yet we get less and less back, and we are working harder than ever to fulfill this just to have it distributed among less and less people. Taxes are what fund the government, without them it wouldn't exist, so why has this been morphed into some kind of extortion scheme by the elites?
When any system is so powerful and prevalent in our day to day lives but at the same time seemingly disconnected from the reality of these lives we must have an inherent distrust in it. This is because "A fiercely independent people will not be controlled. And a people who will not be controlled can push back against the overbearing state." Desperately trying to space the people from the government is essential to maintaining control.
Conspiracy theories have this inherent distrust and, even though I don't believe any current theories, promote a healthy way of thinking. We as the people are dutied to keep the government in check, either we have failed or the government has just overstepped.

3. Sometimes they happen to be right!

a. Gaydar:
In the 1960's the Canadian government hired Carleton University professor Frank Robert Wake to create a "fruit machine" to detect and identify gay men. This wasn't to understand sexuality, no certainly not, this was to oppress homosexuals. Reports say, more than 400 people lost their jobs, and 9,000 more were kept on a file of "suspects."

b. MKUltra
In the 1950's the CIA dosed people with LSD, yes the drug, to potentially test the affects of mind control. These supposedly went on for two decades and dozens of people were reportedly left with permanent disabilities after secretly being subjected to massive amounts of LSD and electroshock therapy.

c. The Gulf on Tonkin Incident
On the second of August, 1964, the USS. Maddox opened fire on several North Vietnamese targets and reported that they had instigated the skirmish. This deepened America's involvement in the war and lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths. It is, however, still debated whether this was intentional. But what has been proven is there were no targets which means they couldn't have instigated a skirmish.

More can be found in the citations below.
The point of this is to show that no matter how crazy it may sound, it may actually be true!

4. Conclusion

We can see from the information before that conspiracy theories promote the original strain of american thought and have even modernized it to attempt to keep the government in check.
We as the people should wholeheartedly advocate for the exchanging of ideas and discussion.
The arguments go as follows:
1. Conspiracy theories promote the sharing of ideas and inherent questioning of authority
2. Distrust in authority (specifically the government) is a good thing
This means that conspiracy theories access the distrust advantage
3. Just a little add-on advantage that sometimes they inform the public and lead to the truth!

Resources:
Conspiracy theories that turned out to be true:
https://www.good.is...
Distrust in the government is good:
https://www.spencerfernando.com...
Why conspiracy theories are good for america:
http://theweek.com...
Trust in the government is collapsing around the world:
https://www.theatlantic.com...
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