This article is from the Conspiracy Theory Literature FAQ, by Xavier Poez email@example.com with numerous contributions by others.
A pattern arises in CTL in which conspiracies arise because of
particular weaknesses in human nature.
Conspirators are motivated to control those below them by their ego,
greed, fear, vice, and megalomania. They have the feeling that the
whole world is corrupt and that they might as well live with it, and
deal with it in that fashion. They can be readily manipulated by their
higher controllers through their mistaken but rigid belief systems.
Pawns and Dupes are subject to conspiracies because of their
psychological weaknesses as well. Some are witting accomplices, others
are unaware but nevertheless useful. They are naive and gullible and
do not seek to question the world as they perceive it. They are
closeminded to alternative explanations to events other than that
which they are fed. Their thinking is black-and-white and is incapable
of seeing a more sophisticated reality beyond "friend" and "enemy".
This "knee-jerk" reaction can be cultivated by their controllers.
Their cynicism and apathy mean that they are unlikely to try
The "moving target" mentality insists that whatever is labelled an
"official" conspiracy, i.e. one that is reported in the press, is not
really a conspiracy. That is, conspiracy theories are considered
inherently ridiculous by the word "conspiracy" alone. The inability to
say no means that their freedoms are taken away without complaint, but
merely docile submission. A herdlike mentality is useful to the
controllers, who can then manipulate the masses more readily. A short
attention span and lack of curiosity mean that the victims are not
able to extricate themselves from their psychological prison. Finally,
fear prevents a pawn or a dupe from "blowing the whistle" when they
discover a conspiracy.