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  • Why it matters

    Why it matters

    The internet helps to propagate conspiracy theories and many seem so ridiculous as to be obvious untruths. But they can also have a detrimental impact on real life.

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    • For the past three years, assorted conspiracy theorists have been meeting every Monday in central Berlin, on the city’s famed Pariser Platz.
    • German publisher, Kopp, based in Baden-Württemberg, is a major player on the conspiracy theory scene and, by some accounts, ships around 250,000 books a day.
    • Occasionally conspiracy theories have an impact on real life. Some have suggested that the growing numbers of parents unwilling to vaccinate their children are due to one particular conspiracy theory that has become more widely accepted.
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Global March against Chemtrails and Geoengineering
Protesters at a march against chemtrails in Berlin in 2016. Source: Davids

The man with the microphone says he doesn’t mind if we call him a conspiracy theorist. Because, according to him, it only means that he is a free thinker, able to ask questions and unwilling to accept the lies his fellow citizens do.  A second fellow says that the Syrian leader, dictator Bashar al-Assad, never dropped barrel bombs on anybody in that country and he can prove it, thanks to research he has done online.

A third chap then tells us why popstar Michael Jackson had to die: He was opposed to war and he was too powerful to let live. When questioned as to why he believes this, the soft-spoken man, an engineer, can only respond with a platitude: “The truth is inside you.”

Just another night on Pariser Platz, a grand public square in the center of Berlin, where major features are the Brandenburg Gate, the glamorous Adlon Hotel, and the new French and American embassies. Except it’s not. Because on Monday nights for the past three or so years, has been hosting strange and eclectic gatherings of local conspiracy theorists.

These days, there’s a new conspiracy theory doing the rounds. It suggest that the recent terrorist attack in Berlin, where a truck crashed into revelers at a central city Christmas market at Breitscheidplatz, was faked. Or it was a so-called false flag operation, by the German government, or the CIA, or the Masons, or – inevitably – the Jews.

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