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New Yorkers Against Religion-Based Bigotry

Project: Against Grand Conspiracy Ideology

Links to other sites

Resources for debunking grand conspiracy claims, and for documenting their political significance

Grand conspiracy ideology here in the U.S.A.

The growing popularity of grand conspiracy ideology

Grand conspiracy ideology and the religious right wing

Grand conspiracy ideology and other right wing movements

The spread of grand conspiracy ideology into other social milieux

Evangelical Christians who reject grand conspiracy ideology

The writers of the following pages are evangelical Christians who reject grand conspiracy ideology while acknowledging that it is very widespread among many other evangelical Christians.

Three of the above pages recommend the book Selling Fear: Conspiracy Theories and End-Time Paranoia by Gregory Camp (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1997).

Grand conspiracy ideology outside the U.S.A.

More links will be listed here later.

Web resources on The Protocols of the Elders of Zion

The Protocols itself

History and current use of The Protocols

Debunking The Protocols

Grand conspiracy ideology and the "Satanic Ritual Abuse" scare

This section under development. More links will be added later. In the meantime, see the earlier sub-section on About some phony "ex-Satanists" who helped popularize "Illuminati" claims among evangelical and Pentecostal Christians in the 1970's:. About the SRA scare in general, see The "Satanic Ritual Abuse" scare of the 1980's and early 1990's.

Web resources on the Bavarian Illuminati

Web resources on anti-Masonry and its overlap with anti-Jewish claims

Web resources on the Federal Reserve System

Closely related to Protocols-style grand-conspiracy claims is the idea that the world is secretly run by a cabal of Jewish bankers, primarily the Rothschilds.

Various right wing groups have advocated grand-conspiracy theories featuring "international bankers." Such theories don't necessarily target Jews. After all, the Rockefellers and the Morgans are not Jews.

Nevertheless, banker-conspiracy claims closely parallel and are often linked to Protocols-style Jewish-cabal claims, via the idea that the Rockefellers and the Morgans are somehow "owned" by the Rothschilds (a European Jewish banking family). And one of the most popular banker-conspiracy writings is Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins, who also believed in the traditional anti-Jewish blood libel.

So, if one is going to debunk anti-Jewish claims, it helps to be familiar with "banker" claims too, and their fallacies.

Some common claims, e.g. in popular Internet videos such as Zeitgeist, are the following:

  1. That the Federal Reserve System is nothing but a private banking cartel, "as Federal as Federal Express." In fact, it's an odd mixture of public and private, neither strictly a government agency nor strictly a private entity either, nor is it a for-profit entity. It has a Board of Governors who are appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate. But it consists of 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks, each of which has “member banks,” which are private banks.
  2. That the Fed's profits go into the pockets of member banks, at the expense of the U.S. Treasurey. In fact, only a small portion of the Fed's profits go to member banks. The member banks are required to keep some of their own money at the Federal Reserve Bank, and they earn a dividend on that money. But those dividends are only about 2 or 3 percent of the Fed's profits, most of which go into the U.S. Treasury. (See the Federal Reserve System's income and expense tables for 2005 and 2006.)

Many other claims are addressed on the following pages:

Examples of non-"conspiracist" critique of the U.S. power structure

Miscellaneous debunking resources

More resources needed

More online resources are needed on the following topics:

If you know of any good online resources on the above topics, or if you've studied these topics enough to produce such a resource yourself, please let us know.

Notes on the term "anti-semitism" and on the Arab-Israeli conflict

Note on the Arab-Israeli conflict:  NYARBB does not take a stand on how to solve the Israel/Palestine problem. Instead, NYARBB has only the humbler goal of contributing to the solution (whatever the solution might ultimately turn out to be) by counteracting the demonization of both Jews and Muslims.

On the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs in general, NYARBB does not take a stand other than to urge people to listen carefully to the grievances of both sides. Too many people on both sides have simply dismissed the concerns of the other side. But any genuine and lasting peace will require that the needs of both sides be taken into account. We also urge people to scrutinize carefully the historical claims and evidence presented by scholars and journalists on all sides before strongly championing any historical viewpoint.

Note on the term "anti-semitism":  NYARBB recommends phasing out the term "anti-semitism" in favor of more precise and literally correct terms such as "Jew-hating," "bigotry against Jews," "demonization of Jews," "Judeophobia," or "anti-Jewish racism," as appropriate. Although the term "anti-semitism" has historically referred to bigotry against Jews, such usage is a slight to Arabs, who are Semites too. We aim to avoid such unnecessary slights.

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