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Evolution of Conspiracy Theories in Australia
As conspiracy theories come true, worry about conspiracy theorists increases!
This April 6, 2023 article debunks a crazy right-wing conspiracy theory alleging that Australia seeks an end to the use of cash:
Four months later…
Cash is being phased out indeed in Australia, making that particular conspiracy theory true. I doubt that people even noticed: most likely, non-conspiracy-minded good citizens of Australia already forgot what they read three months ago. After all, only conspiracy theorists remember what the press said in the past, right?
The Australian press is completely unashamed about the previous warnings that came true but continue to warn us about the dangerous “conspiracy theorists.”
The Sydney Morning Herald explains that the “end of cash,” previously declared to be a dangerous right-wing conspiracy theory, is now good for us:
All sorts of arguments were run by elements of the Liberal Party rank-and-file against the idea, as if Australian liberty was based on the concept of hiding $10,000 under the mattress.
There was good reason for the idea to end such large cash transactions. They are used by criminals, including those who would prefer the Tax Office or anti-terror police agencies did not know of their activities.
The same RBA survey that showed a collapse in the use of cash also confirmed that cheques are as common as good Rick Astley songs.
This video cheers the plan, explaining that cash withdrawals will be halted or limited, banknotes removed from circulation, and bank branches will go cashless.
Australian conspiracy theorists are becoming more dangerous because they will shamelessly exploit their predictions coming true!
Why Do People Believe Conspiracy Theories?
A psychology educator David Hundsness, who made a career criticizing and psychoanalyzing “conspiracy theorists,” chimes in and explains
Maybe David Hundsness is actually on to something… What do you think?