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The Idea of A Conspiracy | February 26, 2010

I am so tired of the likes of Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, and many others whom I respect and listen to with a modicum of regularity disparage the idea of a conspiracy.

It might be that none of the aforementioned ever graduated from college and have little feel for the dedicated study of history but like the intellectual elite they disdain so much, their way of thinking is virtually identical.

It is my view that one cannot even read history without admitting the existence of malevolent forces that are intent of destroying the good that millions of men and women accomplish in their lives.

History to me is a bright and sordid reflection of man’s human nature in action.

Conspiracy is at the heart and soul of life, liberty and the pursuit of individual happiness.  It is the focal point of all of our serious political, economic and moral debates in this country.

It is not something that should be casually denied but an idea that should be seriously explored.

As a history student in the sixties, and seventies I was often tempted to look for sinister combinations of like-minded individuals, bent on controlling future events.

My professors held that rational people, especially historians, never fell victim to such wayward and unconventional thinking.

However I couldn’t resist the temptation because I could easily see the persistent collision course of ideas of the City of God, versus the ideas of the City of Man, played out in the pages of history.

Conspiracy theorists have recognized this historical dichotomy as the ideas of the Enlightenment, liberalism, modernism, and neo-paganism, versus the forces of tradition, morality, and religion.

It is what Pat Buchanan called the culture war in 1992 at the Republican National Convention in Houston and or what Pope John Paul II called the culture of death vs. a culture of life later that decade.

Irish priest, Father Denis Fahey’s underscored this idea in his 1935 book, The Mystical Body of Christ in the Modern World, when he wrote that modern world history can be best understood as a cosmic struggle between forces of spiritual truth, and the forces of materialism and subversion. It is a truism that these opposing forces are irreconcilable.

I made this the theme of my book, The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy because it underscores the fact that the conspiracy idea is as vital to the study of history as politics, economics or psychology.

Because of man’s fallen human nature, I believe it is the engine that drives history.

A unified conspiracy idea, fueled by a curious mixture of greed, idealism, utopian arrogance, selfishness, and megalomania is a natural phenomenon that serves as a “Rosette Stone” to explain the historical duality of good versus evil that has plagued mankind for millennia.

These are all human consequences of man’s rejection of God in the Book of Genesis.   A true understanding of history is impossible without it.

The idea of universal brotherhood lies at its core.  It strives to achieve its worldly goal of global unity, the so-called New World Order since the beginning of recorded time.

It strives not just to change the world, but change human nature as well.  It denies God, the fall of man, sin, Revelation, and the redemptive cross and the promise of eternal life with the Judeo-Christian God.

The evolution of the conspiracy idea dates back to Gnosticism.  Since then it has evolved into other manifestations, preserved and advanced through its worthy gatekeepers, the ever-mysterious Knights Templar, the Illuminati, the Freemasons, Communists, Socialists, Progressives, and finally liberals, who are all involved in the New World Order.  Maybe Beck would agree with me here!

No matter what they have called it, it is the same idea of elite man calling himself to his full divinity and suzerainty over the entire human race.

It is the same human failing that has motivated powerful men since the time of Alexander the Great, through the modern tyrants of Lenin, Hitler, Stalin, and Mao.  I call this “conspiracy,” even though it has been called many other things.

The conspiracy idea of history contains all the elements that illuminate the deep-seated battle for the soul of mankind that has characterized history for millennia.

Conspiracy is more than an idea.  It is a philosophy, a veritable way of life that permeates the very fibers of its advocates’ being.

In this respect is a natural conspiracy that causes a knee-jerk reaction in its apostles to every issue of good and evil, just as any doctor’s hammer would.

It is an inexorably part of the fabric of mankind that many have chosen to enslave their fellow human beings without even being conscious of their complicity.

It is truly as the allegorical scorpion said to the dazed frog just after he fatally stung him in the neck in the middle of the swollen river, I did it because it’s in me nature!


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After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at







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