Conspiracy theorists are nuts.
The sad fact is that their premise is basically right : groups of people in power will do whatever is necessary to stay there. The discrepancy between reality and delusion is that there are far, far more groups than <insert several conspiracy nut pet names here>.
First, there are people "in power". Those have different levels of power, over different, sometimes overlapping, matters. They all have a constant : they want to stay in power and eventually get more of it over more matters.
I mean, it's a dynamic system, a very complex, even chaotic one. It's somewhat stable in the short-to-middle term, unless something major happens (like a World War) - and even then, some power groups will survive. It's a ... how d'you say "power" in Ancient Greek? A system where power decies who gets more power?
It's also an absolutely corrupt system. It's somewhat self-regulating, too -
Oh fuck it. Other try to get my point across : I have this mental image of a monstrously complex system where people are part of different groups, some with an inclination to do something, and other groups doing opposed things the opposed way, some doing other things, all in different ways.
Doing things here means influencing people. It's a system where everyone wants to wield more power over their matters, then over more matters, until there is a completely stable group that think all the same way, deciding everything at all. (Perfect example : 1984 and the Inner Party.)
This will never happen. And I'm very, very sure of it. There are way too many matters for one group to end up micro-managing everything at all (every matter that concerns people). Even in 1984, they don't do it : the proles are under a light surveillance - enough to ensure they will never do a revolution, but they're mostly free : the scale is too large, the Party just can't (as a group) manage everything at all. This has to do with the way math work : since you'd need <quantity> human resources to manage everything efficiently enough to ensure perfect stability, those humans would have to be aware of <quantity> information about everything - which means the graph of point-to-point communications needed to achieve that is so complex that it implies it is mathematically impossible. That level of control is impossible, because you'd need exponentially more people to control everything than there are even things to control - and if everyone is into surveillance, nothing gets done at all.
(Does that make sense? ... Well, it should.)
Maybe machines could do it, but I suspect that the real world is not consistent enough for that. So, even machines would have to make do with an inferior level of control... Maybe with enough separation between the classes ... but machines can be used and understood by anyone with a brain, and reverse-engineering being a science (it follows the scientific method), it can be distributed among groups small enough to not be detected...
Bah, even that would require strong AI, and that's not gonna happen anytime soon.
So, back to the sort-of point :
There are so many groups competing for overlapping powers, that conspiracy theorists, believing, as they do, that small groups of people wield power over at least most of high-level decisions, are Just Wrong. There are too many groups, with unimaginably (literally) more power over unimaginably more matters, than just the tripartite bilderberg illuminati freemasons, that ... well, in the Real World there are the Reps, the Dems, the lobbies, the Bushs, the maffias, the OPEC, the unions, the UN, the NATO, Slashdot, the EU, your mom, the drug cartels, the NRA, the CIA NSA KGB MI5 <insert random three-letters here> et caetera ad nauseam, and they ALL want MORE power over MORE matters, doing different things, in different ways, for different outcomes, all hoping to eventually become the 1984 Inner Party. And those are all made up of people, grouping as social primates are wont to do,
See? It's so much more complicated than a global conspiracy. The conspiracy is when several people use their combined power to influence some result. There are unimaginably many conspiracies in reality. They're all competing for the same prize, on different levels, with different goals, following different agendas, all in so many different directions.
And THEY DO rule the world. Forget democracy, it means nothing. Do you personally know anyone on the democratic election lists? Yes? How many? One, two, a hundred, two? A human mind can't know above ten thousand people, and that figure is way above the limit anyway. Even only here in .be, we have sixteen governments. You in the US have FIFTY States. I mean, how can anyone hope to understand the real power structure of THAT, and that's only the PUBLIC faces! What about, say, only the lobbies? There are several lobbyists for every person in the US federal govt...
So. Yes, a conspiracy rules the world. It's just that it's bottomlessly unfathomable, chaotic, and pushing/pulling everything in different directions with different... well, hope you got it by now.
Does it really matter who is in the White House? I'd say, no. It's just a power play between only two power groups. The difference won't have much impact anyway, since the laws that will affect you will be bought by the same groups, those who wield power over both the Reps and Dems. They're not completely overlapping, yes, some agendas will be preferred to others depending on which puppet will smile on TV, but cut off the TV and wonder what would be so different if the other had won.
So, smile, bend over, and take it. You can't even see who's screwing you of what for what.
"and you sir, in an argument in a thread with a troll in a story no one is reading in a backwater website, you're a fucking genius