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Lucy Montrose

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...

Then it's not a conspiracy... it's a social norm, or generally acceptable behavior. Conspiracies always have an implied subversion of established norms.
The number of people who believe in the supremacy of the free market and no alternatives, for instance, tells me that long ago "profit before people" passed well out of the realm of conspiracy and into basic social acceptability.
Which in many ways is worse than a conspiracy. We have a lot less enthusiasm for alternatives to a norm we've just decided to accept.

Ken Muldrew

About 10,000 people kept the secret of Bletchley Park for 30 years. People can keep secrets when they want to, despite conflicting interests and doubtful loyalties to each other.

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