I have had this tab open in my browser for some time now (could be hours or days) but am unsure how this is the first time I read you. So maybe my response will be overenthusiastic as this is probably the kind of thing you normally write. Here goes:
So this is brilliantly argued and even without appeal to authority, it is still argued in our elite ways (the ones we use for blogs to make them academic and not for academic articles where we need to cite those authorities). I love the example of open education as narrative of resistance as conspiracy theory that does exactly everything we “accuse” those we disagree with as doing… In that sense, critical pedagogy is conspiracy theory. Oh wait, that’s what positivists in education and educational research really believe. In objective worlds and Truths instead of relative interpretations and truths.
So here’s the thing, though. As much as I love this post and what it’s getting at… I have to say you cannot use a value-laden term like “conspiracy theory”, claim to have made it neutral, and just move forward. We don’t remove baggage from words that way and even though you are turning that term on your own self and critiquing “us” the “elite” (even recognizing urself as white male cis etc. and myself as….not…but definitely seeing myself as included because I know I am in there somewhere and am an academic etc) – would anyone who isn’t “us” be able to read this and nod? Can or would you write it in some location where “they” are meant to find it?
I say this as I have a small project in my mind right now….where I am about to publish something in an Arab Higher ed magazine to call for ideas but where I also need to publish something somewhere Western to get these ideas heard…and where if I published any of it for a non-academic audience it would still sound like gibberish. Which is OK for THAT topic coz it’s academically focused. But are topics like Open Ed meant to address a broader audience (the learners over whose learning we feel responsible? Their parents?) and do we ever really address them in our discourses? This gives me a brilliant idea that I should blog about. One day 😉