Francis Walshingham, a famous conspirator against conspirators. He was the spy master for Queen Elizabeth I. Successfully protecting the Protestant queen against a Catholic uprising and obliquely conspiring against the Queen's own wishes against Mary Queen of Scots being killed.
He is an approved conspirator, we have a few. It depends what side of history we are on, and what side the conspirator is.
Walshingham was driven by the fear that what he had seen in France would occur again in England if Catholics successfully overthrew Protestant rule. The usual murder and mayhem in other words, in order to prevent that, he plotted murder. Legal murder but murder still the same.
Let's turn to a fictional descendant of Walshingham.
He is licensed to kill. He is a murderer of those who are given a token bad guy role, usually they conspire against the greater good. And then Bond kills them all, violently.
We cheer the deaths on, just as the beheadings in ye olde England were cheered on.
We breathe as one with Bond. Holding our breath at all the fast action, and not really taking a calm deep breath to think about what we do.
James Bond is a government employee. He is a grunt, just like us.
Are the Bond movies a conspiracy to get us used to governments solving problems with government violence?
The sex and violence selling a subterranean message. If so we can look at movies such as The Bourne Identity, the Die Hard movies, anything by stars such as Stallone and Schwarzenegger, in a similar vein.
They are usually given a veneer of rebellion, but at their core they are unquestioning soldiers. They are soldiers and policemen usually. Who rebel just enough to look cool to viewers.
Schwarzenegger went on to become Governor of California.
Our imaginations and emotions are powerful. A man of pure fictions that appeals to emotions can obtain real power.
Intelligence and insight have virtually nothing to do with it. That's not a dig at the Governator, that works for others in the US government as well.
Here is another example...
Senator Joe Barton,
"Wind is God’s way of balancing heat. Wind is the way you shift heat from areas where it’s hotter to areas where it’s cooler. That’s what wind is. Wouldn’t it be ironic if in the interest of global warming we mandated massive switches to energy, which is a finite resource, which slows the winds down, which causes the temperature to go up? Now, I’m not saying that’s going to happen, Mr. Chairman, but that is definitely something on the massive scale. I mean, it does make some sense. You stop something, you can’t transfer that heat, and the heat goes up. It’s just something to think about."
And of course Joe is not alone, ex-President George Bush has his stupidest quotes too.
Is this what the most powerful country in the world has become?
Or is the real power hidden from view, out of reach of the stupid.
Out of reach of us. We are given out bread and circuses, our Bonds and Schwarzeneggers.
My own theory is that the Government is what it is, no conspiracy there, we voted them in out of the limited choices we had. The real worry is that stupid people may more easily fall for stupid things.
Like thinking that shooting bad guys will work as it does in the Bond movies.