The Origin of the use of the term "conspiracy theorist":
The term "conspiracy theorist" emerged following the assassination of John F. Kennedy, when those who questioned the "official" Government and "mainstream" media version believed there was, by definition, a "conspiracy" to kill JFK in that there was more than just one person involved. There was most certainly more than one shooter involved, and there was a conspiracy within the media and government to cover up the truth about JFK's assasination.
Polling now shows that 70%+ of the American public disbelieves the "official" explanation of the JFK assassination, and believes in a conspiracy.
So, does this mean that 70%+ of the American public are "lunatics" for believing Oswald did not act alone and that there was a conspiracy to kill Kennedy? Are they "nutjobs" for not buying the magic bullet theory and the Warren Commission Report?
This makes 70%+ of Americans "conspiracy theorists". How fitting that the delusional architects of the "mainstream" Establishment media continue to underestimate and belittle the masses by use of this term.
"The individual is handicapped by coming face-to-face with a conspiracy so monstrous he cannot believe it exists." - J. Edgar Hoover
"We must speak the truth about terror. Let us never tolerate outrageous conspiracy theories concerning the attacks of September the 11th, malicious lies that attempt to shift the blame away from the terrorists themselves, away from the guilty." - GW Bush speaking before the UN General Assembly 11/10/2001
"Conspiracy theories" or Conspiracy FACTS that arise from the exposure of the Establishment, Government, & Media's ridiculous lies:
" What is "theory" and what is fact? In the absence of a full confession, this can only be decided by a preponderance of evidence, and it would be silly to come to a conclusion on any matter without looking at all the evidence available. This is only common sense, just as it is safe to assume some degree of guilt or complicity on the part of anyone who lies about an event, or tries to hide, plant, or destroy any type of evidence.
Conspiracy theories arise from evidence. After the government releases an explanation of a particular event, a conspiracy theory is only born because evidence exists to disprove their explanation, or at least call it into question. There's nothing insane about it, unless you define sanity as believing whatever the government tells you. In light of the fact that our government lies to us regularly, I would define believing everything they tell you as utter stupidity.
The real question is not why people theorize about conspiracies, but why people choose to believe the government's version of events when it's obvious that they're lying. One reason is that most people never see the evidence because our "news" industry hides it, and another reason is that the same news industry will quickly associate anyone who questions the government with the people who see Elvis, Bigfoot, and UFO's.
But sadly, I think the main reason people choose to believe the government's version of events despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, is because it's easier, and safer. If you ignore most of the evidence, and accept as plausible whatever ridiculous explanation the T.V. provides, your life remains simple, and you get to sit on your ass and watch more T.V. If on the other hand, you pluck your head from that same ass and realize you've been lied to, as a citizen in a democratic society, you're instantly burdened with being responsible for doing something about it. "