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Thierry Meyssan examines authoritarian v. “conspirasphere” approaching an inevitable showdown

Friday, March 20, 2015 20:18
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read it all here      The State Against The Republic, by Thierry Meyssan

At the request of President François Hollande, the French Socialist Party has published a note on the international “conspiracy theorist” movement. His goal: to prepare new legislation prohibiting it to express itself. In the US, the September 11, 2001 coup established a “permanent state of emergency” (Patriot Act), launching a series of imperial wars. Gradually, the European elites have aligned with their counterparts across the Atlantic. Everywhere, people are worried about being abandoned by their States and they question their institutions. Seeking to retain power, the elites are now ready to use force to gag their opposition.

The President of the French Republic, François Hollande, has assimilated what he calls “conspiracy theories” to Nazism and called to prevent their dissemination on the Internet and social networks.

Thus he declared, on January 27, 2015 at the Shoah Memorial:

[Anti-Semitism] maintains conspiracy theories that spread without
limits. Conspiracy theories that have, in the past, led to the worst
“(…)” [The] answer is to realize that conspiracy theories are
disseminated through the Internet and social networks. Moreover, we must
remember that it is words that have in the past prepared extermination.
We need to act at the European level, and even internationally, so that
a legal framework can be defined, and so that Internet platforms that
manage social networks are held to account and that sanctions be imposed
for failure to enforce
“ [1].

Several ministers also decried what they called conspiracy theorists as so many “fermenters of hate and disintegrators of society.”

Knowing that President Hollande calls “conspiracy theory” the idea that States, whatever their regimes – including democracies – have a spontaneous tendency to act in their own interests and not in that of their constituents, we can conclude that he presented this confused amalgam to justify a possible censure of his opponents.

This interpretation is confirmed by the publication of a note entitled “Conspiracy theories, current status” by the Jean-Jaurès Foundation, a Socialist Party think tank of which Mr. Holland was the first secretary. [2]

Let’s leave aside the political relations of François Hollande, the Socialist Party, the Fondation Jean-Jaurès, its political radicalism Observatory and the author of the note and let’s focus on its message and its ideological content.

… In its note, the Jean-Jaurès Foundation gives its own definition of conspiracy theorism. It is

an ’alternative’ narrative that claims to significantly upset the
knowledge we have of an event and therefore competes with the “version”
which is commonly accepted, stigmatized as “official”
” (p. 2).

…Who are the “conspiracy theorists”?

The “conspiracy theorists” are thus citizens who oppose the omnipotence of the State and who wish to place it under surveillance.

The Jean-Jaurès Foundation describes them as follows:

[It’s] a heterogeneous movement, heavily entangled with the
Holocaust denial movement, and which combines admirers of Hugo Chavez
and fans of Vladimir Putin. An underworld that consist of former
left-wing activists or extreme leftists, former “malcontents”,
sovereignists, revolutionary nationalists, ultra-nationalists,
nostalgists of the Third Reich, anti-vaccination activists, supporters
of drawing straws, September 11th revisionists, anti-Zionists,
Afrocentricists, survivalists, followers of “alternative medicine”,
agents of influence of the Iranian regime, Bacharists, Catholic or
Islamic fundamentalists
“(p. 8).

The Jean-Jaurès Foundation continues its vilification by accusing “conspiracy theorists” of ignoring the realities of the world and naively believing hackneyed myths. Thus, they would believe in the “World Zionist plot”, the “illuminati conspiracy” and the “Rothschild myth” (p. 4).

The “conspirasphere”

For the Fondation Jean-Jaurès, conspiracy intellectuals would be

essentially North Americans. Particular mention is made of
Webster Tarpley and William Engdhal (both former members of the US
political-sectarian organization led by Lyndon LaRouche), Wayne Madsen
(, Kevin Barrett ( or Michel
Chossudovsky ( ). With their European counterparts,
they form a kind of International to which Thierry Meyssan, president of
Voltaire Network, tried to give concrete form in November 2005 in
Brussels, bringing together an “anti-imperialist conference” – “Axis for
Peace “- the list of participants of which reads like a who’s who of
conspiracy authors most prominent at the time
” (p. 8).

The political ideas of “conspiracy theorists”

After these appetizers, the Fondation Jean-Jaurès comes to the heart of the debate, that of political ideas. It defines those of the “conspiracy theorists” thus:

- ”the
erasure of any distinction in kind between liberal democracies and
authoritarian regimes (deemed more “totalitarian” than the worst of

- ”[Opposition to] any anti-racist legislation under the pretext of defending “freedom of expression“;

- ”[Rejection
of] the relevance of the left-right divide, the real divide is the one
between” the system “(or” Empire “or the” oligarchy “) and those who
resist it
“; (P. 8)

- ”the idea that Zionism is a project of world domination” (p. 9).

What is Zionism?

The Foundation then engages in a very long analysis of my works on Zionism. It disfigures them, then comments:

Thierry Meyssan’s anti-Zionism bears no resemblance to the
criticism of a situation, that of the governments that have been able to
succeed each other at the head of the State of Israel. It does not
arise from an anti-colonialism that would be resolved by Israel’s
withdrawal from the territories occupied after the Six Day War and the
creation of a Palestinian state. It also does not proceed from an
internationalism that would hold in suspicion, in principle, any
national movement wherever it comes from, precisely because it does not
liken Zionism to a national movement. This paranoid anti-Zionism does
not pretend to fight Zionism in the diversity of its historical
expressions, but as a fantastic hydra that is the source of evil in the

……In 2008, Professor Cass Sunstein, an adviser to President Barack Obama and husband of the US Ambassador to the UN, had written a similar note
He wrote:

We can easily imagine a series of possible answers.

- 1. The government can ban conspiracy theories.

- 2. The government could impose some kind of tax, financial or otherwise, on those who disseminate such theories.

- 3. The government could engage in a contrary discourse to discredit conspiracy theories.

- 4. The government could initiate credible private parties to engage in a discourse against conspiracy theories.

- 5. The government could engage in informal communication with third parties and encourage them.

Ultimately, the US government had decided to fund individuals, both at home and abroad, to disrupt the forum websites of conspiracy theorists and to create groups to contradict them.

This not having sufficed, France is called upon to take authoritarian measures. As in the past, the French elites, of which the Socialist Party forms the pseudo-left wing, have placed themselves under the orders of the main military power of the time, in this case, the US.

Let’s not be naive, we are approaching an inevitable showdown. It
remains to be determined which instance, necessarily administrative,
will be in charge of censorship and what will be its criteria.


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