Conspiracy Theorists vs. an Actual Giant Conspiracy, by Steve Sailer.
Do conspiracy theorists ever get anything right? If they don’t, does that prove that conspiracies never happen?
One way to examine these questions is to consider a giant conspiracy that actually happened: by the end of WWII, about 9,000 people were working on Ultra — the deciphering of German Enigma machine codes — at Bletchley Park in the middle of England, on the route between Oxford and Cambridge.
Yet, Ultra remained an official secret in Britain for about a third of a century — only in 1974 did the floodgates open.
Today, Ultra is one of the more famous parts of the British war effort. Yet, it remained remarkably obscure for 29 years after the war ended. This history tends to undermine the often used anti-conspiracy talking point that no effort involving large numbers of people could stay secret for long. …
But how does that help the left?
Bletchley Park is vastly famous today in part because the great Alan Turing, a major contributor to modern information technology, was gay and died tragically after being legally punished for his taste for young rough trade (it’s never phrased in those terms). And he fought Nazis.
In contrast, the great American who is a near exact counterpart in terms of his contribution to information technology, Claude Shannon, is highly obscure. …
Each age gets not the hero-worship it needs, but the hero-worship it wants, and our age wants Turing hero-worship. …
When does something move from being a conspiracy to an acknowledged event in the media?
Reporters love government reports. The only reason anybody ever paid attention to the plague of Pakistani pimps in England, for example, is because the city of Rotherham commissioned an official government report. Disreputables like me had been writing about these scandals before the official government report came out, but when the official government report came out in 2014, it became a Thing in the news, at least in Rotherham.