Unlike Wall Street, conspiracy theories are a perfect market, with supply and demand in perpetual equilibrium. This election year has seen soaring demand, with a robust supply organized (secretly, of course, by an anonymous, all-powerful, committee) to meet it.
Hillary Clinton, it turns out, is mortally ill. That's the latest conspiracy theory to hit the presidential trail (unless I've fallen behind again). Like most conspiracy theories, it's a mix of fantasy, improbability and willful stupidity. And, like others, it will no doubt prove tenacious. If Clinton is elected president, some will swear the woman in the Oval Office is in fact an expertly rouged cadaver.
Countering conspiracy theories is hard, since facts trade at a discount among the conspiracy minded. But for those tempted to jump to conspiracy-tinged conclusions, perhaps a checklist would be a useful precaution.
1. Ask why. Then ask why again.