It’s not a refutation of a conspiracy theory to call it a conspiracy theory. There are conspiracies. People get together and plot to do things together that they try to keep secret all the time. There are, however, a few things to consider when you’re arguing for your own pet conspiracy theory.
If your conspiracy theory depends on hundreds of people with conflicting interests and doubtful loyalties to each other knowingly telling the same big lie and keeping the secret over the course of years, your conspiracy theory is probably nuts.
If your conspiracy theory confirms everything you already believe or want to believe but don’t have any real proof for believing besides your own convictions and prejudices, you need re-think, everything: the conspiracy theory, what you believe, and your convictions and prejudices.
If your explanation for why no one else accepts your conspiracy theory is another conspiracy theory you should probably consider giving it up right there.
Adapted from my Twitter feed.