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If one becomes a conspiracy theorist, one should be given mental health treatment and be banned from doing just about anything.

What do you mean, exactly? Do you mean those 'crazy' conspiracy theories, or any theory that challenges the norm?

Apparently, you are unaware of what a conspiracy theory is.

But sometimes conspiracies do exist!  Iran Contra is a dazzling example.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%E2%80%93Contra_affair

I spent much of the 1980's talking about the 1954 coup in Guatemala, and its bloody aftermath, as a cooperative effort between the US State Department, the CIA and a powerful US corporation (United Fruit) to overthrow the democratically elected government of Guatemala in order to protect US corporate interests.  Now, the evidence is pretty overwhelming, and it is accepted as a dark corner of our history.  http://www.stephenschlesinger.com/bitter.html

Today I'll bore strangers to death with monologues about the 2009 coup in Honduras, and the possibility that it was supported by foreign mining interests.  http://rightsaction.org/action-content/purpose-honduran-military-coup-global-mining-companies-preparing-kick-start-mining I'm waiting to hear the results of the forensic team that is in Honduras right now, exhuming at least one body of one of the "disappeared" in the region surrounding the mining interests.  http://upsidedownworld.org/main/honduras-archives-46/4253-honduras-exhumations-in-the-aguan-in-search-of-the-truth

I saw the distinction that Chomsky made (in your wiki link) between conspiracy theories and institutional analysis.  But during the early stages of an investigation, they can sometimes look rather similar. 

If the emerging evidence in Honduras demonstrates that the farmers working the land that the mining companies want (and that the Honduran government has offered them) are in fact just run of the mill terrorists, (who are killing each other, or just random victims of violence, rather than being assassinated by government forces) and that the mining companies were really unconnected with the coup in any way, then I will grudgingly accept the evidence. 

So am I a conspiracy theorist? 

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