(2-23-15) In 1967, the CIA Created the Label "Conspiracy Theorists" ... to Attack Anyone Who Challenges the "Official" Narrative
Conspiracy Theorists USED TO Be Accepted As Normal
Democracy and free market capitalism were founded on conspiracy theories.
The Magna Carta, the Constitution and Declaration of Independence and other founding Western documents were based on conspiracy theories. Greek democracy and free market capitalism were also based on conspiracy theories.
But those were the bad old days. Things have now changed.
The CIA Coined the Term Conspiracy Theorist In 1967
That all changed in the 1960s.
Specifically, in April 1967, the CIA wrote a dispatch which coined the term conspiracy theories --- and recommended methods for discrediting such theories.
The dispatch was marked psych short for psychological operations or disinformation and CS for the CIAs Clandestine Services unit.
The dispatch was produced in responses to a Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times in 1976.