What New York Times columnist Ross Douthat misses about fringe thinkers.

Media criticism.
March 22 2010 7:03 PM

Schooling Ross Douthat in Conspiracy Theory

What the New York Times columnist misses about fringe thinkers.

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I shave all conspiracy theories with my self-lubricating, five-bladed, tilting-and-vibrating Occam's razor: The simpler the theories are, the more I like them. What powerful conspiracy theorists have I overlooked? Send candidates to slate.pressbox@gmail.com and join my Twitter conspiracy. (E-mail may be quoted by name in Slate's readers' forums; in a future article; or elsewhere unless the writer stipulates otherwise. Permanent disclosure: Slate is owned by the Washington Post Co.)

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