This morning I was treated to a marvelous new conspiracy theory, which is being promoted by Spain’s socialist government: “Spain Blames Economic Crisis on ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Conspiracy.”
I try to be thorough and fair-minded about these things, so I thought that the best place to start would be by taking a look at some actual Anglo-Saxons.
They look even scarier than I thought, and I have to say, there might be some truth to Prime Minister Zapatero’s theory.
Behold the dark forces of economic ruin!
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And if you think the conspiracy is limited to the men, check out the famous “Armada Portrait” of Elizabeth I, which shows her proudly reveling in Anglo-Saxon triumphalism after her navy crushed Spain.
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Does she look like a wicked woman or what?
The resulting fallout has been a conspiracy over the centuries which among other things takes the form of singing the praises of Anglo-Saxon exceptionalism.
As a child, I learned a little poem in order to memorize the incident:

Spain’s Armada, once so great, was sunk in 1588.

I was also taught that the Spanish Inquisition was bad — even though we now know the myth of the Inquisition was little more than another Anglo-Saxon conspiracy theory.
The evil Anglo-Saxons have been at it for a long time, and the current economic conspiracy is only the latest manifestation of a vast, centuries-old Anglo-Saxon conspiracy — more insidious and more ruinous than the Spanish prime minister realizes.
Beware!
UPDATE: This post has been linked by the noted Spanish blogger, José Guardia, who says my post proves Zapatero is right!
Thanks José!