Yes and no but it’s almost irrelevant. The conspiracy was everyone, us and them and the world in between. Us for merely existing with our ridiculous wealth and influence and them for crashing the party. It inaugurated the new era we live in now. I’ll never forget watching the towers fall live on television in high school. When the bell rang we left in a daze, wandered the hallways as though we were waiting for a commercial break to end until we got to our next class and returned to the spectacle, the same horrific action unfolding on the screen. It was upsetting and also really eerie. Nobody saw the first plane and even after the second plane hit it seemed to disappear into the building and then the towers fell on their own. There were no bad guys as in typical violent media, but what we watched instead were iconic symbols of Western speed and power - commercial airliners and massive skyscrapers - being perversely used against each other to cancel each other out in front of the entire world. And so whatever happened before is almost meaningless because the attacks changed things, they were a success, regardless of whoever was truly behind them. The Patriot Act passed, Guantanamo Bay opened, Afghanistan and Iraq were invaded, we’re up to our eyes in debt, people are starving, out of work and dispirited. Does anybody remember the feeling at the end of the 90s as the new millennium got closer? There was real excitement and hope. All of that is gone now, and instead of moving forward we are now moving backwards as the 21st century unfolds. The West peaked, the historical Other gave us a rude awakening and now we must go about the business of regression. Shrinking economies, smaller paychecks, much less love. Hundreds of years of progress in civilization unraveled due to a single ultra event, the event to end all events matched only by our equally over the top reaction to it.