Disinfo: Popper and Soros launched the term “conspiracy theory” to discredit those who speak the truth


The term “conspiracy theory” is itself part of a broader conspiracy against the truth. The term “conspiracy theory” was invented by a Jewish professor at the university of Vienna, Karl Popper, who is the creator of the open society theory. His best student George Soros, whose real name is Schwartz, is the enforcer of the conspiracy aiming to label all those who speak the truth as conspiracy theorists.


Recurring disinformation narrative about George Soros, which is a part of the Antisemitism narrative.

The term “conspiracy theory” was not invented by Karl Popper, nor was it “enforced” by George Soros.

Sir Karl Raimund Popper was born on 28 July 1902 and he died on 17 September 1994. His work The Open Society and Its Enemies, mentioned in Sputnik article, was published in 1945.

The first mention of the term “conspiracy theory” can be found in 1863 New York Times, and it’s a response to a letter that dealt with the question of why England — whose newspapers and elites had criticised the United States over the institution of slavery in the 1850s — was now taking the side of the South in the Civil War (New York Times, January 4, 1863. Page 2.).

In conclusion, apart from the fact that Popper did not invent the term; the claim that the concept of “conspiracy theory" itself is a part of a “broader conspiracy against the truth” is nothing but another conspiracy theory. More on how conspiracy theories are employed by pro-Kremlin disinformation outlets here.


  • Reported in: Issue 163
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 04/09/2019
  • Language/target audience: Bosnian
  • Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia
  • Keywords: Anti-Semitism, Conspiracy, George Soros


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