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Social Justice and Slander, Critical Theory and Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy theories were once routinely dismissed by reasonable people—until professors and politicians gave conspiracy theories a new name: social justice. In an article about white privilege last year, I said, “ government is not secretly plotting my demise. I do not believe Justin Trudeau—and Donald Trump for Black Americans—is clever enough to pull that off, anyway. I do not believe in conspiracy theories.” When we think about conspiracy theories, white privilege and systemic racism are probably not the first words that come to mind. When we think about conspiracy theories, we probably think of conspiracy theories about Apollo 11, the