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Q: What do you think accounts for the rise of conspiracy theories that are offered as explanations for the assassinations of the great leaders of the 1960s?
A: This is, of course, a matter of opinion. There can be many ways to explain such theories, ranging from the idea that the theories are true to the idea that they are made up by people who are projecting their own negative ideas on to others. [ To listen to a long discussion of conspiracy theories (this one is centered on 9/11 theories), follow this link. I would argue that conspiracy theories
arise druing times of great stress. At such times, people are worried and are often at a loss to understand the problems they see around them. At such times, they tend to lose trust in official sources and they tend to want to find someone or something to blame society's problems on. At such times of stress, then, it becomes attractive to make up elaborate conspiracies on which to blame things that happen. These conspiracies come from people's distrust of government and their desire to explain what is going on. Overall, then, I would argue that these theories in the 1960s came from the lack of trust in government (due to the Vietnam War and other such upheavals) and from the stress that was brought on by all the socia change of the decade. ]
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