This has been my view for a decade or more, but it’s fun to see somebody throw some numbers at it. Whether it’s Loose Change or Moon Landings, I always viewed the biggest point of failure of any conspiracy theory to be the shear amount of people involved in the undertaking. When you follow that line of thought and realize that there have been no whistle blowers, no leaks, nothing, you have to figure that the conspirators are extremely powerful and connected, and probably very willing to ruthlessly eliminate anyone willing to leak details, which means that the odds of any person remaining alive after they “reveal” this conspiracy are probably close to zero.
Of course, this also gives you a rough idea of just how large you want your super secret organization to be in order to accomplish your presumably sinister goals. Ben Franklin famously said three people can keep a secret if two of them are dead, but he didn’t need an IT support staff. Even though it’s really a buyer’s market when it comes to all the henchmen talent out there right now, it’s not like you can outsource any of this. That, combined with the labor unions and the Millennial approach to social media, and you have a real shortage of minions available successfully orchestrate a decent conspiracy without some truly phenomenal resources. And even then, it’s only a matter of time before the leak. Make sure you’re on top of your game and plan your conspiracy accordingly.