One dictionary definition of a conspiracy is, “an evil, unlawful, treacherous, or surreptitious plan formulated in secret by two or more persons; plot.”
Another definition reads, “an agreement by two or more persons to commit a crime, fraud, or other wrongful act.”
Some synonyms for conspiracy include plot, scheme, treason, connivance, and treachery.
Based on these definitions, it shouldn’t take much convincing to realize that conspiracies are taking place every day, in every part of the globe, by people of all walks of life. However, one of the greatest tools in the arsenal of those involved in a conspiracy is convincing people that it doesn’t exist (think Keyser Söze in the film The Usual Suspects).
The purpose of this article is to illustrate how major, even global conspiracies can exist without most people knowing. It will provide the ingredients typically included in every conspiratorial recipe to help people recognize them more easily both before and as they occur in real time.