It is like folks saying that they hate politics. Politics are a fact of life, in any group of more than 2 people. Kids do it, without thinking. Johnny will get Sally to agree that she wants pizza, so they can tag team mom. Politics is what keeps us from getting into more physical violence when we disagree with someone, we see if we can get something we need or want from them.
'Conspiracies' are often the same way. Parents will conspire together to get their children to do their homework and chores.