Wasn't Watergate about a conspiracy?<quoted text>
Conspiracy is not theory.
Do you call the belief in little green men a theory?
Conspiracy is unsubstantiated BS. If there were evidence of these things, they wouldn't be a conspiracy.
If you believe anything other than that Lee Harvey Oswald was the lone assassin of JFK, you believe a conspiracy theory.
When did "conspiracy" become such a hot potato that even the use of the word causes us to define them as "fables" and "unsubstantiated BS." A lot of the bad stuff that happens is planned in secret by two or more people. That's a conspiracy in the broadest sense. Most people also insist that it be unethical. Thus, your friends planning a surprise party, thought technically a conspiracy, is a nice thing to do. Let's agree that we should be talking about some kind of unethical behavior, where one party is trying to exploit another.
And let's make it a big deal. Something significant needs to be at stake. But what kind of thing, and how significant, before it rises to the level of "BS" just by being suggested? It seems to me that conspiracies are being unearthed frequently enough that we should be talking about how to distinguish the valid ones from the overactive imaginations, not how they're all ridiculous.
Weren't the Watergate co-conspirators called that because it was a conspiracy? From Wiki: "The grand jury secretly named President Nixon as an unindicted co-conspirator."
That's not a fable or BS. But it was a conspiracy theory from the time it was first suggested until it was proven to be true, and became the fact of a conspiracy.
So, what is a conspiracy theory to you?
It concerns me that so many people are willing to reject an idea out of hand because it's a conspiracy theory. Doesn't that make conspiring a lot safer and easier to defend?