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Sawyerr-Smith Aguinaldo Sawyerr-Smith Sally Pyun ENGL-1301 7/10/2021 Conspiracy Theory- Rhetorical Inquiry Since the beginning of time, conspiracies have engulfed every aspect of this world. Area 51, President Obama is not an American citizen, and vaccines cause Autism, these are just a few examples of conspiracies that has plagued this world. Gore Vidal once said, “I’m not a conspiracy theorist-I’m a conspiracy analyst"(BrainyQuote.com). While some conspiracies can be destructive, such as the ones surrounding the COVID-19 virus, and some conspiracy theories have helped open dialogue and lead to investigations. For example, the conspiracy theory about the Iraq war and why it had to happen. Pharmaceutical companies have also dealt with many conspiracies. Many people believe these companies have chosen greed instead of helping citizens. This paper will inquire into the conspiracy theory about pharmaceutical companies, and it will discuss its origin, the evolution of this conspiracy, and contemporary perception of theory. First, conspiracy theory is defined by Merriam-Webster as “theory asserting that a secret of great importance is being kept from the public”( merriam-webster.com). Since its creation, the United States of America has dealt with many conspiracies, President Jefferson dealt with this in when he addressed the nation on December 2, 1806, he said that rumors and lies told by others placed the country in danger(Fisher 2015). Despite the realizations and fears of this new country, conspiracies did not go away but in fact, they grew with each passing year. One of the biggest conspiracy theories has been about the pharmaceutical companies. There does not seem to be a 1
Sawyerr-Smith particular date or time for the Pharmaceutical conspiracy theories, but it seems they were there from the creation of the first company. For example, Merck Pharmaceuticals is the first of its kind and was created in 1806 in Germany(pharmaphorum.com). The first Pharmaceutical company in the United States of America is Pfizer and was founded in 1849(pharmaphorum.com). The first major conspiracy

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