<<<1. No human organization is that efficient - small conspiracies can work, but the larger an alleged conspiracy must be, the less the chance of it functioning properly. As we can see, the explanations that are given keep requiring an ever-larger conspiracy of bankers, regulators, and politicians, and thus it becomes increasingly implausible.>>>>>
Yes, I've heard of it, but it only lasted a few years, though it did run well, and maintain a relatively high degree of secrecy, though it was pre-internet, and during a time of war. By contrast this alleged conspiracy has been going on for multiple generations, and has no glorious purpose. More typical of contemporary attempts at secrecy was the recent downing of Osama Bin Laden where it was agreed one day that no operational details would be given, but within days many details came out.
BTW, you're not supposed to respond to that post - its supposed to be hidden so that no one will see it or consider the issues I raised.
--BTW, you're not supposed to respond to that post - its supposed to be hidden so that no one will see it or consider the issues I raised.-- ------------------- Why do you assume that those who voted your post down are trying to prevent it from being seen?
To use your logic, the simplest explanation is generally correct (Occam's Razor...and all that jazz). Is it not more likely that those who voted one star were simply unconvinced by your arguments?
Btw. The term 'conspiracy theory' does nothing to advance your positions. It is an emotionally loaded term intended to dismiss offhand anyone who disagrees with the official version of reality, presented by the government and media. In the U.S., people who disagree with the official version of the J.F.K. assassination or 9-11 are labeled 'conspiracy theorists'. In China, those who claimed the government shot its own citizens in Tiananmin Square were labeled 'conspiracy theorists', as the government restricted media coverage of the event. Yes, I know it's shocking, but all governments attempt to control the minds of their people through propaganda.
Check out Edward Bernayse's work (the book 'Propaganda'), or the writings of Josef Goebbels. The bigger the lie, the more people are likely to believe it, according to Nazi propagandist Goebbels. It's easy to con most people as long as the lies reinforce their belief systems. To question a really big lie would require one to re-examine their ingrained belief systems about society's most important institutions, such as religion or government. Most people lack the courage to do that, so they hide behind terms like 'conspiracy theorist' instead of doing their own research with an open mind.