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Saturday, May 16, 2020

American conspiracy theories are entering a dangerous new phase.



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"If you were an adherent, no one would be able to tell. You would look like any other American. You could be a mother, picking leftovers off your toddler's plate. You could be the young man in headphones across the street. You could be a bookkeeper, a dentist, a grandmother icing cupcakes in her kitchen. You may well have an affiliation with an evangelical church. But you are hard to identify just from the way you look"which is good, because someday soon dark forces may try to track you down.

You understand this sounds crazy, but you don't care. You know that a small group of manipulators, operating in the shadows, pull the planet's strings. You know that they are powerful enough to abuse children without fear of retribution. You know that the mainstream media are their handmaidens, in partnership with Hillary Clinton and the secretive denizens of the deep state.

You know that only Donald Trump stands between you and a damned and ravaged world. You see plague and pestilence sweeping the planet, and understand that they are part of the plan. You know that a clash between good and evil cannot be avoided, and you yearn for the Great Awakening that is coming. And so you must be on guard at all times. You must shield your ears from the scorn of the ignorant. You must find those who are like you. And you must be prepared to fight.

You know all this because you believe in Q."

What follows in the article is the story of Edgar Maddison Welch and the origins of QAnon.

"QAnon is emblematic of modern America's susceptibility to conspiracy theories, and its enthusiasm for them. But it is also already much more than a loose collection of conspiracy-minded chat-room inhabitants. It is a movement united in mass rejection of reason, objectivity, and other Enlightenment values.

And we are likely closer to the beginning of its story than the end. The group harnesses paranoia to fervent hope and a deep sense of belonging. The way it breathes life into an ancient preoccupation with end-times is also radically new. To look at QAnon is to see not just a conspiracy theory but the birth of a new religion."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-16 02:03 AM | Reply

You know that only Donald Trump stands between you and a damned and ravaged world.

You know all this because you believe in Q.

#1 | Posted by Corky a

So, serious question:

Is this why Right-wing posters so fanatically support Trump but demure so to state exactly why?

#2 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-16 08:31 AM | Reply

- why?

Would require reasons... all supporting Trump requires is fear of everything he tells them to be afraid of.

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2020-05-16 01:24 PM | Reply

Good post. This is a dangerous religion that we can't stop. We were busy worrying about head scarves when we had been a morally dead nation for a long time.

#4 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-16 09:46 PM | Reply

That's depressing as hell, and explains a LOT.

#5 | Posted by YAV at 2020-05-16 11:54 PM | Reply

I think it's more interesting what conspiracy theorists don't talk about: UFO's, fluoridation, and Aspartame.

Why? Why indeed.

#6 | Posted by HeliumRat at 2020-05-17 09:24 AM | Reply

Where's Picard when you need him?

#7 | Posted by pirate at 2020-05-17 02:02 PM | Reply

Where's Picard when you need him?

#7 | Posted by pirate at 2020-05-17 02:02

Abusing small children in phantom pizza cellars.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2020-05-17 04:12 PM | Reply

We prefer conspiracies, lies and fantasies because we are powerless against the actual reality. We can fight and defeat imaginary dragons. Our "optimistic nature" makes us want to believe in conspiracy and fantasy, because against those we may prevail.

#9 | Posted by moder8 at 2020-05-17 04:18 PM | Reply

#9 Interesting take on the psychology of it. My own would be that people who support Trump are inherently drawn to his cruel and simplistic way of thinking, so inventing a phantom enemy that Trump is supposedly protecting them from is a way of shielding their ego from the true story.

#10 | Posted by JOE at 2020-05-17 04:54 PM | Reply

Most of the (R)tards that post here are incels and or Russian trolls.

#11 | Posted by a_monson at 2020-05-19 12:33 AM | Reply

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