Did you know Thomas Jefferson was the first man in history to be smeared by political opponents, who accused him of being "a Jacobin", and part of the "Illuminati conspiracy to overthrow democratic values, subvert monarchies, and abolish Christendom"?
Some background terms worth familiarizing yourself with before reading further:
1.) Confirmation bias - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Confirmation_bias
2.) Delusions of reference - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ideas_of_reference#Delusions_of_reference
3.) Illusory Correlation - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illusory_correlation
4.) Argument from Authority - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argument_from_authority
5.) Groupthink - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Groupthink
It's incredible to watch a "health knowledge" forum get overrun by tinfoil hat wearers. I always imaigine them sitting in a Facebook group or chatroom channel somewhere, sharing news articles, trying to see the invisible hand of the Satanist conspirators at work.
One of them probably comes across a thread like this, posts it for his diddo-heads, then the diddo-heads all swarm. Before the swarm leaves, they make sure to at least use the words "conspiracy fact", "Obama", and "brainwashed" once before dropping links to Prison Planet, some "engineers for 9/11 truth", a Ron Paul forum link, some anti-Federal Reserve websites, and some boilerplate 2nd ammendment nonsense mixed with Thomas Jefferson quotes -- AND BE DAMNED SURE TO SOUND BOLD, THREATENING, AND BADASS WHILE SAYING SOMETHING IN ALL CAPS.
Funny thing is, there are distinctions between types of "conspiracy theories". There are sane, rational people who study declassified document archives, criminal organizations, government malfeasance, etc, and accept the fact that deception and atrocity go hand-in-hand with human organizations, governments, religious institutions, etc.
However, in the mind of the conspiracy theorist, unless an entire list of required beliefs, with a long list of particular actors and supposed intentions (free masons, jews, the illuminati) are accepted in-full, then the person doubting these shadowy invisible groups is derided as either a "niave brainwashed sheeple", or "a co-conspirator disinformation agent". So obviously, there's not just a vanity (of playing savior by bearing "the Truth"), there's also a sense of beligernat superiority (of being a crusader against mass stupidity and moral failing).
The irony being that all these conspiracy theorists pride themselves on being "skeptics"; but its a plainly superficial skepticism, since they can only muster doubt and critical thinking for what they recognize as "official narratives" and "mainsteam media". They don't recognize the fallacies at play in their privileged sources and narratives, and wouldn't dare be skeptical of other "Truthers", or people "in the know". God forbid they ask questions of someone like David Icke or Alex Jones, because then they're either "sheeple" or "part of the conspiracy".
If any conspiracy theorists out there haven't yet heard of Operation Mockingbird, they should consider Googling it, then asking themselves: if I worked for the conspiracy, what kind of disinformation would I rather use -- the kind that says there's no conspiracy, or the kind that claims to reveal the truth of the conspiracy?
What few of today's "truthers" realize (perhaps because of the eager acceptance and superficial background checking any of them do on the regurgitated crap they swallow like starving baby birds) is that most of the popular conspiracy theories haven't changed for almost 100 years. Many of them originate with right-wing groups from the late 1800's, who targeted early socialists (and Jews) as the "secret villains" of their time. These same beliefs were handed down a generation, and eventually shared by most Fascist groups in the 20th century. If you haven't ever read Mein Kampf, you might not realize that the structure of Hitler's anti-Jewish and anti-Freemason theories were recycled into anti-Communist propaganda by the John Birch society, then recycled again by fundamentalist christian groups and militia movements in the 1980's and 1990's.
Today we still have this vague "Illuminati" scapegoat as the subject of conspiracy theories, but isn't it funny how the Illuminati quickly gets re-named as "Jew", "feminist", "liberal", "godless", "socialist", "Immigrant", "atheist"? And it never arouses suspicion that these boogeymen, (even the very belief in boogeymen in general), seems to be eternally tied to every conservative, right-wing, religious movement in history? Yes, including every cult movement of religious fanatics, who all have this "minority of Truthers against the grand conspiracy of Evil Doers bent of enslaving the Chosen Few" theme to their beliefs.
Why is there always a "grand conspiracy" to silence the Truth tellers WHILE the world is supposedly full of morally corrupt, apathetic jerks who wouldn't care even if the chosen ones generously revealed the Truth to them? Does that theme ever raise a few suspicions out there, about this kind of mindset you all feel so passionately about insisting on? Does it ever occur to you that maybe its more like a psychological condition than the actual fact that "the world is just wicked, but I'm special and immune to the deception because I opened my mind/heart to the Truth"?
*Good luck and my sympathies to the OP, there's probably nothing you can do about your husband unless your husband wants to let go of his feelings about conspiracy theories.
Some helpful links:
General Conspiracy Theory topics: