I went on a bit of a mini-rant yesterday on Twitter about assholes using the #falseflag hashtag immediately after the Boston Marathon bombing, mostly because people who scream “false flag” are almost always assholes, because yelling “false flag” doesn’t really have anything to do with the plausibility of a conspiracy theory, but instead relies on the desperate need of people – and, let’s be honest, generally white dudes, because it is white dudes who comprise the overwhelming majority of conspiracy theorists – to feel victimized when something bad had absolutely nothing to do with them.
Like, we’re going way beyond “I got passed over for a promotion because I’m white” levels of victimization here. False flag theories are inevitably stupid – like, well beyond “the moon landing was faked” stupid. I mean, the fake moon landing theory you could feasibly pull off with about a couple dozen people (leave most of NASA clueless, set up a stage somewhere else and just hijack the radio signal with a couple of key inside guys, then get the astronauts to say “yeah, we did that” afterward), assuming nobody simply looked at the moon afterwards and noticed that the lander and flag weren’t there (which they are).
Compare this to the Newtown shooting false flag theory, which involves the Evil Black Helicopter People Who Are Directly Commanded By Obama (or whoever) disappearing an entire classroom full of kids, hiring numerous actors to portray Newtown residents, bribing or threatening dozens or even hundreds of journalists and local residents – this is insane. And it’s all the more insane when you remember that falseflaggers explained that the point of this supposed conspiracy was to get restrictive gun laws enacted – something everybody was grimly saying, right afterwards, would not happen because the gun lobby owns one party entirely and has deep roots in the second. (And what has happened? The most conservative Democratic Senator and a conservative Republican Senator worked “bipartisanly” to create a bill that requires background checks for some, but not all, non-gun-store sales of guns, and which incidentally also outlaws a federal gun registry and makes it easier to transport guns across state lines – and conservative Senators from both parties are refusing to vote for it because it’s too restrictive.)
And so we come to the Boston false-flag theorizing, which is even stupider because all that happened was that an asshole built a bomb and set it off to hurt people, which assholes have done before and will do again. But the falseflaggers are out to explain that, no, this was military-grade ordnance that was used (based on no evidence whatsoever) and that this happened because the Gubmint wants to put more restrictive laws in place to interfere with your civil rights. Of course, the government has been doing that for decades and they haven’t felt the need to bomb anybody because they know perfectly well that they can just restrict civil rights by passing laws and nobody will say boo to a goose, most of the times, because “it’s not my problem” trumps civil rights concerns for ninety percent of the population (just ask any black person about how nobody seems to care when their civil rights are trampled), but whatever, bombs away, am I right?
But falseflaggers don’t care because their theories aren’t about logic or reason or anything at all. Their theories are about making tragedies that happen to other people about them. It’s a fundamentally narcissistic response to tragedy – to not only ask “how does this affect me” but to twist the facts of the event to create a narrative so that you are more likely to be affected. It’s an asshole move, plain and simple, and falseflaggers deserve to be treated like assholes, because they’re assholes.
(And finally, can we again be pissed off once more at police departments who planted agent-provocateurs in protests, who all by themselves gave the entire false-flag belief far more steam than it ever deserved to have?)