Here is my theory on conspiracies: They don't exist.
No, I understand that they do--but the popular understanding of a conspiracy does not exist in reality. People can't keep a secret. The cat doesn't stay in the bag. Incompetence reigns supreme.
This is one of my pet issues. I can't stand to hear people espouse conspiracy theories. They invariably assume god-like powers on the part of the perpetrators. There is usually some element of bigotry, or hate, or, at the very least, nastiness, on the part of the theorist.
So there is nothing better than having my feelings and inclinations solidified by the New York Times. Here is the quote that put a bounce in my step, taken from "Why Rational People Buy Into Conspiracy Theories":
"Conspiracy theories also seem to be more compelling to those with low self-worth, especially with regard to their sense of agency in the world at large. Conspiracy theories appear to be a way of reacting to uncertainty and powerlessness."
Self-righteous feelings of superiority complete: That's no conspiracy, just a cold, hard fact.