I find it interesting to note that conspiracy theorists refuse to admit, and sometimes even outright deny, that there’s any such thing as conspiracy theory. Their position is that there is merely a term, ‘conspiracy theory’, but no such phenomena; the term is deployed by (ahem!) supporters of the secret conspiracy, merely to discredit arguments that might expose the conspiracy.
There seems to be a parallel with New Age hippydom. New Age hippies are clearly recognisable by their talk of “healing energy”, “positive energy”, “strengthening the immune system”, “natural” things being virtuous, “western medicine”, “ancient wisdom”, and all belief systems and “world views” holding equal validity, but no New Age hippy will ever admit to being one.
Each redacts their own ideology from their own model of reality, actively maintining a blind spot about themselves. Curious.