Area 51, Atlantis and AIDS vaccines

Some Hillsdale students have shared their vaccine theories. | Detroit Free Press

A supposedly satanic Metaverse ad, a CIA agent disguised as a Hillsdale College student, and harmful AIDS vaccine experiments were among the conspiracy theories a few Hillsdale students have had the audacity to share recently.

Although they talked about different theories and even different interpretations of the term “conspiracy theory” itself, all were eager to offer their thoughts on popular conspiracy theories and counter some of the negative stereotypes often attached to these theories. .

Senior Kamdyn Shaeffer was one such student who was in danger of being called “crazy,” in his own words, and agreed to share some of his favorite opinions.

“All of my favorite theories fall under the theme ‘American elites are trying to ruin our lives,'” Shaeffer said.

Such sentiment fits perfectly with Shaeffer’s definition of conspiracy theory.

“A conspiracy theory is a theory about events that happen and there is something inexplicable about it unless described by a group of people working behind the scenes to pull the strings,” Shaeffer said. “It’s called a conspiracy theory because usually these people work so other people can’t figure out what they’re doing.”

Shaeffer thinks the mask and vaccine requirements resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic are a prime example. He said he believes these are tools to condition people to be more easily persuaded.

Shaeffer said he believes Anthony Fauci may have orchestrated suspicious AIDS vaccine experiments when he was first director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the 1980s.

“Under enormous public pressure, the FDA’s review of AZT [azi­dothymidine, the first gen­er­ation AIDS vaccine] has been accelerated – some say at the expense of patients,” reports a 2017 Time article.

“Fauci convinced the public that AIDS could be spread through any physical contact,” Shaeffer said.

Sophomore Michael Bachmann shared a similar view regarding AIDS vaccine experiments on vulnerable children in foster care in New York in the 1990s, as well as a dislike of the “god-hero “Fauci. Bachmann said he heard about this experiment perpetrated by Fauci’s NIAID and New York Child Protective Services in the BBC documentary “Guinea Pig Kids.”

“It’s an undeniable fact,” Bachmann said. “But most people don’t know that. If they heard you, they won’t believe you, so they call you a conspiracy theorist. In a way, I don’t believe in conspiracy theories. I believe in things that are true that people don’t know, and people call you crazy to know.

Bachmann explained his understanding of the term “conspiracy theory”.

“There is a difference between conspiracy theories as the general population thinks of them and how certain people within the population think of them,” Bachmann said. “I think most people think of conspiracy theories as completely bizarre and untrue things, whereas I and other people who know a lot about things going on in the world consider real events that d ‘Other people just don’t know like conspiracy theories, which is why people assume we’re crazy.

Although he could not point to any specific person or entity, Bachmann further speculated that there is a concerted effort to give conspiracy theories a bad name.

“I think there is an effort to undermine real conspiracy theories that espouse the truth so that they appear false,” he said.

Recently, Bachmann has been concerned about Facebook’s Metaverse ad, which he says is full of satanic Zoroastrian imagery.

According to him, “there is this strange, very dissenting and grotesque image of a tiger attacking a buffalo”, which pauses before attempting to lure a group of students into “the world of imagination”, a fantastic garden with snakes hanging from the trees.

Bachmann said he learned that the tiger often symbolized an evil figure in Zoroastrianism. Additionally, he said that the hexagrams and the planet Saturn that appeared in the ad also featured prominently in the ancient religion.

“It made me feel like the tiger is inviting people to participate in basically satanic activity,” Bachmann said.

Shaeffer has also expressed a fascination with a theory of a spiritual nature, which he discovered from the same platform that first introduced him to the world of conspiracy theories.

“Basically, there’s this long theory that aliens are just demons,” he said. “And the supposed alien or UFO sightings are actually like demonic influence or possession.”

History professor David Stewart said his favorite conspiracy involved Area 51, the federal airbase which some believe may have had hidden evidence of UFOs and aliens.

Stewart, who regularly teaches a course on conspiracy theories “as a fun way to examine various logical errors as they occur in the real world,” said that with Atlantis and the Loch Ness Monster he enjoyed the conspiracy theory surrounding Area 51 since his father worked there.

“He denies seeing anything strange,” Stewart said.

According to a theory by sophomore Truman Kjos, the Feds may have infiltrated much closer to home: the Hillsdale College campus.

“One theory I support is that there’s a federal agent somewhere on this campus disguised as a student,” Kjos said. “Just in terms of probability, I feel like the CIA or FBI would probably have agents at different notable colleges, and I feel like Hillsdale stands out.”

Kjos refused to divulge the identity of the student whom he believes to be a secret agent.

Although Kjos said he thought there was a high probability that we were living in a simulation similar to that of the movie “The Matrix”, he also said that he thought most things could be explained according to Occam’s razor, or the easiest way possible.

“I think a lot of people are trying to find some kind of meaning in their lives and so if they can just say, ‘oh, everything in my life is caused by x organization’, that will help them find meaning in their lives. .,” Kjos said. “And I’m okay with living in a world where a bit of chaos happens.” sometimes.”