Believers in conspiracies, whether that be systemic racism ("do the work!"), avoiding vaccinations ("do the research!"), or discerning the Jews behind everything ("It's obvious when you look at it, sheeple!") seem to be inordinately proud of their independence of thought. Lots of people believe X. I believe negative X. Therefore I am an independent thinker.
No, it's just a different flock, usually in a smaller field.
Being schooled in the CS Lewis academy of hyperawareness to self-deception, I get most nervous when I think I am being independent, as that is my most likely place to avoid mirrors.