Conspiracy Theories Were a Thing in 2016

 

List Criteria: Vote up the looming conspiracy theories you think will make headlines in 2016.

New conspiracy theories for 2016 are, in many ways, new versions of the conspiracy theories we thought would be a thing in 2015. But 2016 conspiracy theories take on a new urgency for one reason - the US presidential election. With President Obama having only one full year left in office, all of his supposed plans for destroying America, taking away everyone's guns, turning over all US freedoms to the UN, and enabling his Illuminati masters need to be accomplished now, lest they never be accomplished.

Upcoming conspiracy theories still revolve around terrorism, staged shootings, manipulation of finances, and the rich making more money. But now they also include Donald Trump, ISIS, Hillary Clinton, and all sorts of other figures sure to be on the minds of conspiracy theorists in the new year.

Here are the conspiracy theories we think will make the news in 2016. Vote up the ones you think will also be a thing - and watch out for government enforcers. They're everywhere, man.
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    More Hoax Mass Shootings

    More Hoax Mass Shootings is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    One conspiracy theory sure to be a thing in 2016 is the idea that every mass shooting or terrorist attack that happens anywhere is actually a staged hoax, perpetrated to distract us from other things, or to tighten the grip of the state on our freedom. Cries of "false flag!" and "hoax!" go up after every such incident, and there's no reason to think this will stop.
     
  2. The Government Will Compel Vaccination
    The Government Will Compel Vac... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    California's adoption of SB277 and compulsory vaccination for schoolchildren kicked off a wave of conspiracy theories about autism, bans on homeschooling, and population culling. If the California law, scheduled to take effect in 2016, is successful in curbing the spread of vaccine-preventable diseases, expect other states to explore such measures. Conspiracy-driven opposition will follow.
  3. Attack of the Syrian Refugees

    Attack of the Syrian Refugees is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    As the Syrian refugee crisis continues exploding, expect conspiracy theorists and far-right politicians to continue beating the drum that these downtrodden survivors are not what they appear to be. A number of prominent conservatives insist that the majority of them are young males trained by ISIS to commit terror attacks in the US - despite no evidence of this. 
     
  4. Another Stock Market Crash
    Another Stock Market Crash is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    The explosive growth of the stock market over the last few years has naturally prompted fears that a stock market crash is right around the corner. Respected money managers see feuding between the two American political parties as an obstruction to sound fiscal policy, and believe Republicans will do anything to regain power, even purposefully sabotage the economic recovery.
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  6. Monsanto Tightens Its Grip on the Food Supply
    Monsanto Tightens Its Grip on ... is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    No major corporation spurs more irrational hatred and fear than bio-tech giant Monsanto. Will 2016 be the year that the GMO monolith finally tightens its already vice-like grip on the world's food supply, crushing all brave opposition in its path? According to food conspiracy theorists, Monsanto will have its tentacles in everything from coffee to salmon spawning to heroin production.
  7. The Dollar Crash

    The Dollar Crash is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Fringe economic thinkers (and some not-so-fringe) believe that 2016 will be the year that the dollar finally plummets in value for good, usurped by the Chinese yuan, the Euro, or something else. Naturally, they pin the blame for this on the banksters who stand to profit hugely when this happens. All you can do is buy gold, bury it in the backyard, and hope for the best.

     World War III Begins - Engineered as a Distraction

    World War III Begins - Enginee... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    With Russia and the United States seemingly at cross purposes in Syria, could 2016 finally be the year World War III breaks out? Predictions of the US going to war with either Russia or China are all over conspiracy theory websites, and they usually revolve around war being started by the powers that be as a distraction from the economic collapse and income inequality
     
    9 The Great Gun Grab - At Last!
    The Great Gun Grab - At Last! is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    With 2016 being President Obama's last year in office (unless he cancels the election), look for conspiracy theorists to go into overdrive predicting the execution of any number of long-held plots by the Administration against America. Chief among these is gun control; theorists see "the largest gun grab in American history" on the horizon.
  8. World War III Begins - Engineered as a Distraction

    World War III Begins - Enginee... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    With Russia and the United States seemingly at cross purposes in Syria, could 2016 finally be the year World War III breaks out? Predictions of the US going to war with either Russia or China are all over conspiracy theory websites, and they usually revolve around war being started by the powers that be as a distraction from the economic collapse and income inequality.
  9. Civil Unrest Leads to Martial Law

    Civil Unrest Leads to Martial ... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Another lame duck Obama conspiracy to watch is that he'll declare martial law to deal with rampant civil unrest - which he, naturally, will have created in the first place through disease or economic upheaval. This might be related to the 2016 election, or just because he's a power-hungry dictator who wants control for as long as possible. Or both!
  10. Gas Prices Will Be Artificially Moved Around at Will

    Gas Prices Will Be Artificiall... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Gas prices have hit lows not seen since 2009. Naturally, such price drops are perfect fodder for conspiracy theories. Could the drop in gas prices be a tactic to punish Russia? Or the oil industry striking back at green energy technology? Or a plot by Obama to retain power by getting the people on his side? All of the above? Expect prices to go back up, since they're already too low - or to keep going lower, since they aren't low enough. Or both.
  11. Donald Trump: Democratic Plant

    Donald Trump: Democratic Plant is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Could Donald Trump - currently leading in every poll of GOP presidential contenders - actually be a plant hired by the Democratic Party to destroy any chance the Republicans have of winning the election? Several political figures have pointed to Trump having made donations to the Clinton Foundation, as well as a conversation that may or may not have taken place between Trump and Bill Clinton, in which the latter encouraged the former to run.

    Trump has denied these allegations, and there doesn't seem to be anything for Trump to gain by faking a run for president. But the conspiracy theory will likely persist as long as Trump leads in the polls.

  12. Global Economic Collapse

    Global Economic Collapse is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Not content with just the US economy collapsing, a number of economic conspiracy theories point to a coming global collapse in 2016. What would cause such a calamity? The Federal Reserve propping up the economy, unrestrained money printing, natural disasters, and war, for starters. What can you do about it? Buy stuff, naturally. Lots and lots of stuff.
  13. The Start of Global Depopulation

    The Start of Global Depopulati... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Could 2016 finally be the year that the Illuminati's long-workshopped plan to kill the majority of the world's population finally come to fruition? One expert believes that ISIS (with funding from the US, of course) plans to detonate an EMP that will eventually cause the death of 300 million Americans due to a complete blackout. Others have posited that tainted vaccines, foreign death camps, or Biblical prophecy coming true will cull the majority of humans - with the survivors packed into urban ghettos, thanks to the UN plot, Agenda 21.
  14. United States of Islamic State

    United States of Islamic State is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    The global effort to defeat the terrorist group known as Islamic State is increasing, so expect more conspiracy theoriststo claim that the US is actually funding the group to either advance the Obama Administration's grip on power or to distract us from something else they're doing to destroy America.
  15. Vaccinations Cause Autism - Donald Trump Says So

    Vaccinations Cause Autism - Do... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    The idea that vaccines cause autism and that the pharmaceutical industry pushes them out to make money certainly isn't new. But several high-polling GOP presidential candidates, including Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina, subscribe to some form of the debunked "too many, too soon" argument, or believe that compulsory vaccination robs parents of choice. Expect this to be a major issue in the 2016 election - and where a major issue is debated, conspiracy theories follo
  16. The IMF Embraces the Chinese Yuan

    The IMF Embraces the Chinese Y... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Near the end of 2015, the International Monetary Fund fulfilled a wish the Chinese government held for decades, and approved the yuan as part of its basket of currencies used in international trade. This act brings stability and legitimacy to what was a volatile currency, prone to swings in value. Could this be the prelude to the yuan being named the global currency for the entire planet? Expect conspiracy theorists to go full bore on this one.
  17. The UN Will Finally Usurp America's Sovereignty

    The UN Will Finally Usurp Amer... is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Cries that the UN is planning to take over the US have been around for decades. But with climate change increasingly threatening the survival of humankind, and President Obama slated to leave office, it seems like the perfect time for the UN to initiate world government and strip the US of its status as a free country. Was the Jade Helm military exercise, where government troops supposedly planned a takeover of Texas, just the first step? Obama himself might be hinting as much.
  18. WiFi Allergies on the Rise

    WiFi Allergies on the Rise is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    In August 2015, a French court ruled that a woman was eligible to receive disability benefits due to having "electromagnetic hypersensitivity." EHS is a vaguely-defined disease that, while real, appears to be a result ofpsychological issues, rather than an allergy or sensitivity to electromagnetic signals. Psychotherapy has been found to be a good treatment for EHS, rather than any medical intervention.

    Or is that what the power companies want you to think? Given the explosive growth of "the Internet of things" and the presence of WiFi signals everywhere, could more people be coming down with the symptoms of electromagnetic sickness? Since EHS presents itself as a grab-bag of maladies, including headaches, skin problems, and mood swings, it's possible that you have it right now - and good luck getting your Big Pharma-controlled doctor to do anything about it.

  19. Obama Finally Destroys America

    Obama Finally Destroys America is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    As President Obama's last year in office, 2016 has long been a fixation of conservative thinkers and conspiracy theorists. Many believe he will unleash his long-gestating plans to finally weaken America enough that the country falls apart. It will be a mix of endless government welfare, purposeful destruction of the economy, and weakness on the international stage that destroys America - which was Obama's plan from the day he was elected. Or born in Kenya. Or engineered by the Illuminati.
  20. The Day of the Antichrist

    The Day of the Antichrist is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    End of the world predictions are nothing new, with a major prediction centered around September 23 fizzling out in 2015. For 2016, consensus seems to be that June 6 is the day the End Times will start. Or end. Or be in the middle of. Expect to hear more and more about this day, until it actually passes and nothing happens. Then it'll be some other day.
  21. President Obama's Third Term

    President Obama's Third Te... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Conspiracy Theories We Think Will Be a Thing in 2016
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    Both conspiracy theory websites and GOP presidential candidates are breathless with anticipation that President Obama will simply cancel the election of 2016 and declare himself president until he decides not to be. In 2014, Ben Carson intimated that "anarchy" will make it impossible to hold elections, and a number of prominent conspiracy sites have "leaked" "insider" information that the 2016 election will be discarded in favor of an endless Obama third term.

    For what it's worth, President Obama himself playfully stoked these fears when he told reporters that he believes hecould win a third term, if it were possible for him to run. Rest assured that there is no constitutional provision for "canceling" an election, and America has elected new presidents even in times of war and crisis.