In Defense of Conspiracy Theories | The Richard Dolan Show

By | February 22, 2022

Hi Everyone,

I took my presentation from last Sunday and reworked it a bit. I am looking forward to tonight’s program and hope you find it interesting. 

It goes live at 8 p.m. Eastern time tonight. 



21 thoughts on “In Defense of Conspiracy Theories | The Richard Dolan Show

  1. TomTort

    As I watch this live, I am impressed with what you say, while not concerned with being booted off UTube. I am truly pleased with your thoughts and say what you think without mincing words. Being up front and honest as to what is happening is very refreshing. This is like listening to Edward R. Morrow telling it like it is being completely responsible for the content of what is reality and not afraid to say so. You are not just a ufologist but a true historian expressing the reality of the times. I congratulate you! Keep up the excellent work!!

    1. Richard Dolan Post author

      Thank you Tom. Believe me, while preparing that talk, I was very aware of saying what I did with a mind to being as responsible as I could be and as forthright as I could be. For anyone engaging in public discourse these days, everything has to be done with at least part of your consciousness on the potential reaction of the powers-that-be and also … let’s call it The Mob. But ultimately, I have to look toward the future version of myself, and ask him how I should comport myself today. Will I regret not speaking the truth as I understand it? I know that I would. So I feel that I have no choice but to be true to what I believe is right, but to do it as responsibly as I can. At the end of the day, that’s all we can do.

  2. Harry Harris

    I have no problem with conspiracy theories in general. However, when someone is promoting a certain conspiracy theory, they should have some evidence to back up that theory. It does no good to say things like ‘everyone knows’ etc. If you take the theory that the pandemic was created by the Wuhan Lab and was then exposed to the public via some group or entity you should have some evidence to establish that. There were hundreds of books about theories of who killed JFK. Most of them had some evidence to back up the claims. To me that is legitimate. But we see today that is not what is happening. Anyone or group can make up conspiracy theories to fit an agenda of theirs and at the same time have no evidence to support the theory. To me, this ties in with ‘disinformation’ and is a tool to move the public in a direction that some entity wants. Unfortunately, with the polarized political environment we find ourselves in, it is all to easy for some to except a theory without any question and believe it’s true with no investigation on their own. Again, conspiracy theories have a place in the public discussion but should have some basis of facts to support the theory or it may be just ‘snake oil’ or worse.

    1. Richard Dolan Post author

      Well, there is actually a strong consensus from many qualified biologists and microbiologists and virologists that Covid-19 looks like it came out of the lab. It’s not for me to argue the science in this place here. But these people DO have the evidence which scientifically goes beyond my pay grade. for my part, when I stated my opinion two years ago, I was going on my instinct and logic at the time, just telling it how I saw it. I think I was correct then, and I certainly think the evidence stacks even more strongly now than ever before that Covid came out of the Wuhan Institute of Virology, undoubtedly promoted by covert gain of function research, money for which came surreptiously from the U.S. in violation from laws that existed from the Obama years.

      1. Harry Harris

        Yes, there is some evidence that the Covid virus originated from the Wuhan lab under unsafe working conditions as well that it originated from bats etc. I never said in the original post that there was no evidence. The conspiracy theory part really in my mind centers around whether there was some nefarious group that set this all-in motion rather than a cover up based on the labs poor work and safety habits if in fact the virus originated from the lab.

        1. Bernard Pelletier

          Every conspiracy allegation has a theory behind it, whether it’s by the police, the prosecution, investigative journalists, or scholars. Most conspiracy allegations are well founded or even proven, but many are against groups that are above the law, like secret agencies, secret societies, secret committees, the UFO cover-up, etc., etc. (which are conspiratorial by nature), so they are never even arrested, and they sling mud at anyone who opposes conspiracies. Conspiracy denial, originated and spearheaded by the CIA, is to protect organized crime, like secret agencies, secret societies, secret committees, etc., etc. One very prominent conspiracy allegation that had no substance and no realtion to reality was the Russia-Trump collusion, and another is Redferns Roswell fantasy, which was completely debunked by French ufologist Gildor Boudrais. Also, in the usual terminology, the conspiracy allegation is equated with the conspiracy, and the opponents of conspiracies are equated with the conspirators, which is either a psych op or the usual sloppy language, or both.

    1. Cat Gardner

      One more line of inquiry — in your Sunday video you posed the question: why is all this happening?
      At the very end of the Rogan/Nawaz episode, Nawaz says he thinks it’s because western govts have come under the influence of the Chinese government and Chinese ideology.

      Have you seen this video? It’s ~45 minutes of example after example attempting to demonstrate a connection between Biden/the Biden family and China. I’m not sure what to think about this idea that “Covid is a takeover that leads to Western countries coming more under the influence of the Chinese government and implementing Chinese-style social credit systems” etc., but I think it’s an idea worth doing some due diligence research on. This video (again, not saying its claims are true; just that they should be examined) is a pretty good overview and starting point.

      I would be very, very interested in your thoughts on this.

      *Also* on the question of: what’s the connection between the WEF and China? Here are a couple interesting articles related to this — no surprise, the WEF-China relationship goes way back.

      “In 1978, Klaus Schwab, founder and Executive Chairman of the WEF, with his keen perception and insight, predicted that huge changes would take place in China. He later recalled that he was sure that China would play a vital role on the world stage when he read about Deng Xiaoping’s reform and opening-up policy in 1978. In the same year, he extended an invitation to Deng Xiaoping to the WEF. Deng didn’t attend himself, but he sent a high-level delegation headed by Qian Junrui, Director of the Institute of World Economics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, to the 1979 Annual Meeting. Three months later, Dr. Schwab visited Beijing with a European business delegation that included 20 CEOs. The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding in Beijing and established contact. From then on, China has never been absent from the Davos meetings.”

      This WEF report highlights some important developments in the decades leading up to 2020.

      “Even as the growth of Beijing’s economy slows, China is becoming part of the fabric of the economic life of most countries around the world. Rather than trying to overthrow existing institutions as many had feared, Beijing is instead using this economic might to link up to the rest of the world and develop a series of relationships and institutions which result in a more China-centric world order. […]

      “This geo-economic project, more even than its economic rise, is the real revival of the Middle Kingdom. Just as all roads led to Rome, Beijing is building a wide-ranging set of pipelines, bridges, railways, shipping routes and cables that lead to China. By making itself central to every region, China gains leverage and persuasiveness. China’s objectives include promoting trade and investment, productivity and finding ways to export its surplus capacity. But the effect will be to make China the core of the wider economic and geopolitical system, with countries that are not well-connected to the core becoming peripheral. The speed with which this order is coming into being is almost as breathtaking as the emergence of China’s economy, but there is no “grand plan” and its establishment has been both incremental and flexible.”

      (I also highly recommend the article in this same doc titled “China’s infrastructure alliances”)

      Potentially also relevant–

      Thanks for all you do!

      1. Richard Dolan Post author

        Yes this seems credible. It’s a strange relationship going on in the world right now. Obviously it was US policy to build up China over the past many decades. Of course, this has caused a geopolitical shift of power. Now we see China as integral to the global system, very much with Davos support and indeed the desire by them to emulate much of the Chinese totalitarian model (social credit system, etc.). At the same time, Russia is still considered THE ENEMY, even though in earlier years Putin himself was apparently a graduate of the WEF Young Global Leaders program. Clearly he has migrated a long way since then (if he ever was a believer in their program to begin with). Obviously if you look through Putin’s earlier years you see many attempts by him to ingratiate himself and Russia with the EU and the Davos crowd. That’s easy to see. But he learned, I think no later than 2007, in his famous speech, that you really have to be careful of those people. And then after the US destroyed the nation of Libya in 2011 he made it his point actively to stand in the way of The Agenda. We saw this in Syria and then in Crimea. But the twist is that China and Russia are close on many levels. China is truly playing both sides of the game right now, and I would say doing it very well. The Western powers don’t really have a problem with China, except in the public relations realm of having to pretend they don’t like China’s human rights policies. That’s all for public consumption. the real problem is Russia, and they are all desperate to get rid of Putin, or else wait for him to die so they can put someone they like in power there. By the way, I am thinking Putin probably made his move to recognize the two Donbass breakaway republics because he realized if it’s ever going to happen, it might as well be now. This whole thing has been hanging as an unresolved issue since Maidan in 2014. He undoubtedly realizes he won’t be around forever, and if he doesn’t recognize them, no one else will. No one has discussed how Ukraine has repeatedly ignored the Minsk agreement (since Ukraine is only a US client state with no real latitude of action). So he figured, bite the bullet and just recognize them. But China and Russia are very close strategic partners. This is only a temporary problem from the point of view of US/Global policymakers, since once they get a friendly (eg compliant) leader in place once again in Moscow, the China-Russia relationship will be fine because Russia will be like it was under Yeltsin. Once that happens, that will remove one of the last big pieces of resistance to The Agenda.

        1. itsmeRitaC

          I think it is about the u.s. dollar being worthless soon enough on the global market. That is a major reason for the willingness to risk a nuclear exchange or even the very old nuke reactors in Ukraine…………………..All that is needed is for a blackout of power to the plants for example. This is no b.s. situation.

          The big problem is that, as per the Hedges interview i posted a couple days ago on another post here, that China/Russia, etc alternative monetary system is on line sooner than we plebs know about and the u.s. is in deep fear mode as far as being on the verge of where pre nazi germany was back in the day. Without discussing this end of things, there cannot be any real understanding of geopolitics right now.

          But again, that isn’t my own area of expertise. But it sure rings my truth bells and i have yet to be wrong when i listen to that ringing!

          Thanks Richard. Maybe you covered all of that here in the program already. So, sorry about that if you have. 🙂

          “Pacific Deterrence Initiative

          At the heart of the Biden administration’s strategy is a vow that the U.S. will “increase the scope of its military exercises and operations” in the Indo-Pacific, build greater maritime capacity, “deploy more advanced warfighting capabilities,” bolster cyber warfare, artificial intelligence and regional undersea capabilities, and work with Congress to fund the Pacific Deterrence Initiative (PDI).”

          And people are scared of the vax. I mean, so i made my choices based on what i have known for years. But i have no choices with rigging full spectrum doomsdays. I feel i want to say it on this page. When mentioned on the forum, i get a food fight directed at me. There are real world present moment things going on around the planet. But i suppose the ‘vax’ is the only worry the ufo community has ever had besides ET.

          Btw, i very much appreciated your post to someone else, which i am responding to here.

          Thanks, Rita

        2. Cat Gardner

          I thank you for this detailed and multi-faceted reply. Another example of how history is always complex and anyone offering simple explanations is just selling spin. That’s one thing I appreciate about you massively Richard: you always endeavor to illuminate the whole story.

          After reading your comment initially I spent 2 hours trying to backfill my basic understanding of the sequence events. A follow up question for you: do you think Putin is in on it? Clearly the NATO carrot was never going to happen, as Putin must know. Is Putin just playing the role of bad guy antagonist in this next act in the globalist screenplay?

          It did make me wonder: we had 2 years of covid to get familiar and relatively resigned to lockdowns and check points. Then violent conflict escalates. Will the public be all the more compliant when they bring back the lockdowns and checkpoints for war reasons?

        3. Bernard Pelletier

          ”Social credit” in that sense is yet another confusionism, like ”guy” for ”girl”, ”gay” for ”homosexual”, ”issue” for ”problem”, ”problem” for ”objection”, ad infinitum. The real meaning of social credit has nothing to do with what is now called ”social credit” and which might be called social debit. It was a right-wing populist, therefore liberal, movement and party proposing economic reforms started by Major Douglas and which I voted for on many an occasion, being in Canada.

  3. Craig Champion

    Great to hear a substantive analysis of the socio/political-techno/economic dynamics at play. I think that most are so ensconced in the digital revolution that it’s a “can’t see the forest for the trees” type of scenario. Thanks, Richard, for bringing your considerable sense of social conscience forward!

  4. Phaelon

    Lol – “shenanigan theorists”. Brilliant stuff, Richard. I know it’s pretty much the same vid that we got earlier in the week but I really enjoy listening to your educated opinion on the pejorative(s), conspiracy theories/theorists. It’s a mic drop to those that use these terms loosely and irrationally.

  5. Diane Cameron


    Thank you for this talk. Really inspiring to me in my local activism in Montgomery County Maryland.

    Your clear opposition to the technocratic state, commitment to human rights, and support for courageous non-violent civil action, reminds me of Wendell Berry’s Jefferson Lecture in 2012 for the National Medal for the Humanities.

    Wendell Berry:
    “Yet another not very stretchable human limit is in our ability to tolerate or adapt to change. Change of course is a constant of earthly life. You can’t step twice into exactly the same river, nor can you live two successive moments in exactly the same place. And always in human history there have been costly or catastrophic sudden changes. But with relentless fanfare, at the cost of almost indescribable ecological and social disorder, and to the almost incalculable enrichment and empowerment of corporations, industrialists have substituted what they fairly accurately call “revolution” for the slower, kinder processes of adaptation or evolution. We have had in only about two centuries a steady and ever-quickening sequence of industrial revolutions in manufacturing, transportation, war, agriculture, education, entertainment, homemaking and family life, health care, and so-called communications.”


  6. HappyCup

    After all we’ve been through in the last two years, it is disappointing to run across people still playing coy about this plandemic, the Great Reset…all of it.
    It’s as if we are still pretending that we all actually operate in a moral, rationally operated society; almost as if the evil forces of this world aren’t literally killing us in droves and actively gaslighting the survivors on a daily basis. We need to stop pretending. We need to, at the very least admit to each other we are under attack.
    I still see people wearing masks for God’s sake!
    I suppose thinking it was a lab leak is better than bat soup. It’s progress anyway.
    Not everyone is ready to accept the reality that we are being culled or that everything we know is a lie. It’s a hard sell.

    I love that meme’:
    What’s the difference between reality and a conspiracy theory? In 2022, it’s about 2 weeks.

    1. Bernard Pelletier

      Most people are hopeless cases, allowing themselves to be duped, manipulated, and brainwashed, and being in denial of pretty much everything, so they automatically and uncritically accept anything the authorities say and do, political ‘correctness’ and Covid being exquisite examples.

      In WW2 we were told it was necessary to nuke Japan in order to save millions of lives, but that was a bald-faced lie because Japan had already surrendered or tried to, and it’s the same kind of false argument used to justify the equally horribly inhuman Covid measures, but most people accept at least the Covid lies.

  7. RGen

    Seems to me the culling may play into the AI narrative. It would be bad to have too many humans with nothing to do. Less so those that need to drain the tills.

    I would like to think another mask event would find greater resistance, but my gut tells me the same people will fall in line.

    Richard, you mentioned perhaps the powers want an uprising. My magic 8 ball says “All signs point to yes”. This is the next stage for takeover. And if it isn’t violent, we will be told it is, ala Canadian Convoy.

    Nice presentation, and I appreciate the attempt at optimism.

  8. Darran Newman

    Wow, this one is powerful. Thank you Richard, your closing remarks help me not to feel so unhappy with the state of the world. Here’s a question: If our governments aren’t going to give us disclosure (you’ve convinced me of that) and the ‘aliens’ aren’t going to force them to then we’re stuck. We’re stuck Richard. What hope do we have for the world I think we all want? Truth that the universe has other intelligent life and they are here…
    Hope you’re well Richard and thanks for helping us make sense of this crazy world.

    1. Richard Dolan Post author

      Hi Darran. Well, we do live in an imperfect world and always have. But good things CAN happen, and I do believe in the power of truth, for the betterment of our society and also of ourselves. There are still things to believe in.

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