Some flat-Earthers use the so called global conspiracy as an ‘escape hatch’ in order to abandon a losing argument without having to appear to lose face.
When unable to defend the flat-Earth hypothesis, some flat-Earthers will tell you the ‘flat-Earth theory’ is a work in progress, it is normal for it to be incomplete, for now. “But, ” it is inevitable they would say this, “the most important thing is to uncover the global conspiracy and save the world from these unscrupulous few!”
But, the global conspiracy theory itself is simply an invention.
The global conspiracy theory is simply an ad-hoc hypothesis invented to explain away all the inconsistencies in the flat-Earth model. It is there simply because it is impossible to explain the flat-Earth model without having to accuse others of doing conspiracy.
Let’s consider this chain of ad-hoc hypotheses:
- The Earth is flat
- Antarctica is the edge, it is not a continent, it is a massive ice wall surrounding the Earth.
- We can’t go there to verify the fact ourselves, they won’t let us. They heavily guard Antarctica in order to prevent us from coming there.
Without the conspiracy in 3, 2 is a perfectly valid hypothesis, and will be decided once we get a team to investigate there. But they can’t let anyone find out the truth! So, they decide it is impossible to go there by inventing the conspiracy theory in 3. By doing that, they shut the door for any possible evidence of 2. They simply assume 2 to be true unless proven otherwise. And they won’t let anyone to prove it. If anyone ever go there, they will be accused of lying, or being part of the conspiracy themselves. This way, 1 cannot ever be falsified, thanks to the conspiracy theory in 3, which is unfalsifiable itself.
The only way to prove the existence of the conspiracy is to go back a step and determine the true figure of the Earth. The Earth is round, and thus there can’t be a cover up in order to hide the ‘fact’ that the Earth is flat.