These conspiracy theories give the government way to much credit. Their traction is evidence that a large number of the population has no idea how our government is actually designed or the processes used to govern from federal to local, placed in the context of history. So everything misunderstood creates an apparent shroud of mystery and people fear what they don’t understand. Civics needs to come back in a big way, so people know how to truly hold their government accountable within the framework and not fall prey to the snake oil selling politicians and opportunists that sow discord and distrust among the public so as to remain in power. One of the biggest threats to those in power is a well informed, engaged, and united public.