Is there anyone easier to criticize than the person who speaks out against the government? After all, we spent our young lives in government schools, reading government-approved history books that taught us we live in the best country in the world and that all our freedoms come from the government. We watch and listen to government-approved media and even entertainment like movies and music that constantly push government propaganda down our throats.
When people criticize the government, it usually is against a politician they don’t like or a policy they don’t agree with. They rarely go to the root of the problem and claim that the system itself is corrupt. Or, when they do, like our friends in Occupy Wall Street, they clamor for even more regulation, which will inevitably come from the very thing they have issues with.
So Jesse Ventura is easy to criticize. I mean, he was a professional wrestler and action star! I remember him as one of my favorites in the WWF because he always rooted for the bad guys. And of course he had the coolest gun in Predator. But he’s also a former Navy Seal and governor. So don’t dismiss him too easily.
Conspiracy theorists in general are easy to criticize. And I agree – your girlfriend’s brother who watched a few YouTube videos and now bores the dinner table with talk of 9/11 or fluoride in the water isn’t helping the cause very much. But Jesse does his research, and he isn’t afraid of the label. He even named his TV show “Conspiracy Theory.”
The downside is that the show is heavily produced television with lots of unnecessary build-up and drama, but he presents “famous” conspiracies with an independent eye. Most importantly, it is non-partisan – he is equally critical of the U.S. war machine as he is of global warming.
A very common logical fallacy is to attack the messenger. If what he is saying about our government bothers you so much, it is a good personal exercise to think about why. Are all those elementary school history lessons coming back to haunt you?