Tonight, on the 47th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination we’re doing something a little different–discussing the Zapruder film and other footage from that day, along with the event itself and how Kennedy’s assassination changed America.

I was two years old then, so all I recall was my dad having me watch the funeral on the teevee. But as I grew up, it was impossible to ignore the impact of that day in Dallas on our collective psyche as a nation. Questioning authority, distrust of government, conspiracy theories, the war in Viet Nam, civil rights, hippies, Nixon (and all he did both good–like EPA and OSHA–and bad). How would things be different if Kennedy had not been shot? Hard to say.

JFK conspiracy theories range from the basic: That the CIA and/or the “national security establishment” did it or that it was the Mafia (Leonardo di Caprio will be starring as FBI informant Jack Van Laningham in Legacy of Secrecy based on the book by Lamar Waldron and Thom Hartmann; according to the authors, based on declassified information from FBI files in the US National Archives, Mafia godfather Carlos Marcello confessed to Van Laningham to having ordered JFK’s assassination) to the more esoteric, like Masonic sacrificial ritual involving “killing the king”, Luciferian New World Order martyrdom, etc.

Desiring order out of chaos, reasons for randomness, we weave conspiracy theories, some based in facts others in fantasy. Some are discovered to be true, others lead to truths.

What do you think?