To begin with, for those unfamiliar with our Lizard overlords, while there are a variety of versions of this conspiracy theory, the general notion is that a few different types of reptilian humanoids walk among us.
Reptilians are also known as Lizard People, Reptoids, and Reptilian Aliens and are claimed to be working along with the American government, or that the Government itself is filled with lizards, to control and manipulate our home planet.
The idea of reptilians was popularised by David Icke, a conspiracy theorist who claims shape – shifting reptilian aliens control Earth by taking on human form and gaining political power to manipulate human societies.
Encroaching on other conspiracy theorists ‘territory, Icke even claims that the lizards are behind secret societies like the Freemasons and the Illuminati.
Another notable incident that helped spread the idea of Lizard People occurred in 1934 and 1935 when one G Warren Shufelt was looking for gold in California.
For instance, people who believe in the shape – shifting reptilian are much more likely also to doubt that Lee Harvey Oswald acted as a lone wolf.
Noteworthy here is that Sitchin’s Anunnaki weren’t necessarily reptilian, but, as with Shufelt’s story, would later be folded into the Lizard People conspiracy theory anyway.
It has been postulated that the Crab People of the TV show South Park could be a reference to the reptilians.
While aliens and fake moon landings probably trigger eyerolls in many of us, defining what constitutes a conspiracy theory is difficult, Brotherton says.
The first order of business is to build a wall and keep undocumented “aliens” out — and when we Ickettes say “aliens,” we mean aliens. Around 66 million Americans believe that aliens landed at Roswell, New Mexico; around 22 million people believe that the government faked the moon landing; and around 160 million believe that there is a conspiracy surrounding the assassination of former US president John F Kennedy.
The Mars conspiracy theory is interesting, “MacDonald says,” because, unlike the moon landings, it isn’t suggesting fakery, but that actual alien life is being covered up by NASA. Kaysing and his followers, many of whom continue to question the moon landings today, focus on supposed peculiarities of the NASA photographs, which are freely available on the agency’s website.
This and subsequent works by Howard would go on to popularize some version of these Lizard People, including in works by a close friend of his, H.P. Lovecraft.
People Icke has channeled from the spirit realm bears shocking resemblance to the Sci – Fi stories that kicked off the whole Lizard People idea in the first place, as well as seemingly borrowing from the aforementioned The Emerald Tablets as well as Stichin’s works, among others.
Noteworthy here for reasons we’ll get to in a bit is one individual, mystic correspondence school founder Maurice Doreal, who would seemingly be inspired by Howard’s Lizard People when creating many written works for his followers, most notably The Emerald Tablets of Thoth the Atlantean. People have been referencing sentient reptilian entities, sometimes humanoid, sometimes not, going back to some of the earliest written works and legends known to man.
They have examined the impact of believing in government conspiracy theories, in climate change conspiracy theories and anti – vaccine conspiracy theories.
Not because we doubt the validity of climate change science – we think the science is eminently solid – but because of the unhelpful way he uses the term “conspiracy theories “.
Furthermore, many environmental activists who support climate change science could also be described as subscribers to various “conspiracy theories” : that Big Business has engaged in secret strategies to deny climate change and that Big Media is manipulating coverage are just two examples.
The second type of conspiracy theory discourse is produced by so – called debunkers : those who seek to disprove and discredit conspiracy theories and their producers.
Believing in a conspiracy theory is one strategy people use to regain a sense of control, even if the conspiracy theory is unrelated to what caused the lack of control in a person’s life, Brotherton says.
What’s more, people who were generally prone to accept a conspiracy theory were more likely to believe theories that were themselves accepted only by a very few people.
The rationale behind this is that lacking control increases the need to engage in the compensatory illusion of control – that is, in conspiracy theories.
This compensatory theory portrays conspiracy theorists as nothing but the poor victims of control deprivation, clinging to conspiracy as the last defence against a chaotic world.
While, as Uscinski points out, there is a ceiling for the number of people who will buy into a particular conspiracy theory, the anti – vaccination movement is one example of how a small number of people can make a wild conspiracy theory go viral.
In his own words, “We are living in a dreamworld within a dreamworld — a Matrix within the virtual – reality universe — and it is being broadcast from the Moon.
Not completely unoriginal, Icke has come up with a number of his own elements to add to the narrative, including claiming the Lizard People use the Moon, which apparently is a spacecraft and interdimensional portal, to project a holographic reality to aid in controlling humans.
In 2013, Public Policy Polling showedthat while only 12 % of those Americans who voted Democrat thought that global warming was a hoax, the figure was 61 % among those who voted Republican.
In 2013, Public Policy Polling showed that while only 12 % of those Americans who voted Democrat thought that global warming was a hoax, the figure was 61 % among those who voted Republican.
According to a Public Policy Polling survey, around 12 million people in the US believe that interstellar lizards in people suits rule our country.
In more modern times, according to a survey done by the firm Public Policy Polling approximately 4 % of Americans queried claimed they believe Lizard People are influencing world politics, with an additional 7 % on the fence on this question.
When David Icke announced to the world in March 1991 that he was the Son of the Godhead, he was a different kind of fringe prophet : He had something to lose.
He then held a press conference along side his wife, Linda Atherton, and his girlfriend, Deborah Shaw, announcing to the world that he was, in fact, the “son of Godhead “, with Godhead described by Icke as “Infinite Mind “.
Of course, in Icke’s version of things, it is not Keanu Reeves who will save the world, but rather himself, the son of Godhead, via him revealing the truth to the world and getting everyone to love one another.
In order to spare the Green Party the controversy he knew would follow when he revealed to the world what the spirit realm was telling him, in 1991 Icke decided to leave said political party.
That’s not to mention his endorsement of the “birther” lie concerning Barack Obama, which alleged that the 44th president was not a U.S. citizen.
In early 2013, RR received international media coverage upon posting what it claimed was high – definition video proof that one of President Barack Obama’s security attache was a shape – shifting alien humanoid.
Given the threat the “birther” campaign has posed to the American Democrats, for instance, it is interesting that original allegations about Obama’s citizenship were raised by anonymous Hillary Clinton supporters during the presidential primaries in spring 2008.
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