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Conspiracy Theories

We've all had days like this. Your alarm clock will break and so you'll oversleep. When you do wake up, you will burn your lips, tongue and liver with your coffee. Your car will refuse to start, and when it does you will discover that one of your tires is flat. While changing your flat tire you will be bitten by a black-widow spider. Just as you arrive at the emergency room, the nurses will go out on strike. A small earthquake will then strike, crushing your car in the hospital garage. You will develop gangrene after you leave the hospital without being treated - but not before a bicyclist runs into you as you walk home, knocking you down and breaking your glasses.

Okay, maybe we haven't all had days that were exactly this bad, but sometimes they come close - which is no doubt one reason that many people are so attracted to conspiracy theories. Sometimes the only reasonable explanation for the way things are turning out seems to be that the gods - or devils, or the Trilateral Commission or the far-right wing of the Republican Party or the far-left wing of the Democratic Party - is out to get you.

This is no doubt one of the motivating factors behind the numerous conspiracy theories that have developed about the assassination of John F. Kennedy. One of the most authoritative assessments of the different theories - Kennedy was killed by a single shooter, Kennedy was shot by two people, Kennedy was shot by the CIA, Kennedy was shot by someone working for Lyndon B. Johnson, Kennedy was shot by Kremlin spies, Kennedy was shot by the KKK (the range of assassination theories are summarized at http://mcadams.posc.mu.edu/home.htm) - is Harold Weisberg's Whitewash, an examination of the Warren Report on the assassination of John F. Kennedy. What makes Weisberg's approach to this topic at least somewhat different from many of the other exposes on the Warren Report is the care with which he has reviewed the evidence as presented by the Warr...

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