February 17, 2007


Short Changing 9/11: Popular Documentary Takes Us Nowhere (George Monbiot, 2/17/07, AlterNet)

There is a virus sweeping the world. It infects opponents of the Bush government, sucks their brains out through their eyes and turns them into gibbering idiots. The disease is called Loose Change. It is a film made by three young men which airs most of the standard conspiracy theories about the attacks of September 11 2001. Unlike the other 9/11 conspiracy films, Loose Change is sharp and swift, with a thumping soundtrack, slick graphics and a calm and authoritative voiceover. Its makers claim that it has now been watched by 100 million people. [...]

People believe Loose Change because it proposes a closed world: comprehensible, controllable, small. Despite the great evil which runs it, it is more companionable than the chaos which really governs our lives, a world without destination or purpose. This neat story draws campaigners away from real issues -- global warming, the Iraq war, nuclear weapons, privatisation, inequality -- while permanently wrecking their credibility. Bush did capitalise on the attacks, and he did follow a pre-existing agenda, spelt out, as Loose Change says, by the Project for a New American Century. But by drowning this truth in an ocean of nonsense, the conspiracists ensure that it can never again be taken seriously.

The film's greatest flaw is this: the men who made it are still alive. If the US government is running an all-knowing, all-encompassing conspiracy, why did it not snuff them out long ago? There is only one possible explanation. They are in fact agents of the Bush regime, employed to distract people from its real abuses of power. This, if you are inclined to believe such stories, is surely a more plausible theory than the one proposed in Loose Change.

Note that his reasoning applies equally well to global warming.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 17, 2007 7:26 AM

Funny. A couple of kids from Colorado stumbled on that nefarious reality recently. Here is a smuggled transcript of that White House meeting THEY don't want us to know about.....


Kyle: Why would the government want people to believe they caused 9/11?

Mr. Hardly: For a government to have power, they must appear to have complete control. What better way to make people fear them than to convince them they are capable of the most elaborate plan on earth?

Bush: That's quite enough, Hardly! Don't believe what he says, boys; we caused 9/11. [brings forth a manila folder] It's all right here in these secret documents, [hugs the folder tight] but you'll never get them. [turns around as he yawns, dropping the folder to the floor behind him. No one picks them up]

Kyle: I knew it! You didn't plan 9/11 and you really didn't shoot that guy!

Bush: Boys, you don't understand. People need to think we are all-powerful. That we control the world. If they know we weren't in charge of 9/11 then... we appear to control nothing.

Kyle: Well why don't you just tell people the truth?!

Bush: We do that too. And most people believe the truth. But one fourth of the population is retarded. If they wanna believe we control everything with intricate plans, why not let them?

Posted by: Andrew X at February 17, 2007 12:35 PM

Do you know George Monbiot is the original Moonbat? The guys in Samizdata coined the word. Now Mr. Moonbat is out-moonbatted by Loose Change.

Posted by: ic at February 17, 2007 2:38 PM

The comment thread attached to the article makes the Baby Jesus weep.

Posted by: Pete at February 17, 2007 8:40 PM

Conspiracy theories are for people who don't have the guts to be Pollyannas.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at February 17, 2007 10:22 PM


uh... incorrect.

Posted by: TimF at February 18, 2007 1:01 AM