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“But There’s No Other Possible Explanation” 0

New York University’s Social Justice Lab explores why persons who lean right politically are more susceptible to conspiratorial thinking than those who lean left. Here’s a bit, in which University of Cambridge (UK) professor Professor Sander van der Linden responds to a question:

Sander: “It is important to clarify that my position is not that liberals are somehow impervious to conspiracy theories. What I am saying is that the extent and magnitude of endorsement is strongly asymmetric so that extreme conservatives tend to be much more conspiratorial in their reasoning than extreme liberals. This is explained, at least in part, by growing distrust amongst conservatives which dates back to a long history of paranoia in the U.S. political system about other groups. I think this nuance often gets lost when people say ‘both liberals and conservatives have political biases.’ This may be true, but the extent of the bias need not be the same, and importantly, the nature of the bias matters too, as the consequences for society might be radically different.”

Give the entire piece a read. It helps illuminate dis coarse discourse.

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Array 0

Crowd of Republicans, including Steve Bannon hold a subpoena, Donald Trump with a lighter, MAGA-hatted Capitol rioters with a gallows labeled

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Hoist on Their Own Petard 0

And what a deliciously ironic petard it is, I must say.

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The Cult 0

PoliticalProf.

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A Pillow of the Community 0

Mike Lindell wants you to sign on the dodgy line.

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A Tune for the Times 0

Warning: Of questionable taste.

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The Call of the Cult 0

At Psychology Today Blogs, Darcia F. Narvaez explores the psychology of cults and how they maintain control over their adherents.

(She uses what I consider an absurd term, “totalist,” in the piece, in order to differentiate from the term “totalitarian”; I think she does so in order to include non-governmental entities. But it’s still absurd.)

Here’s a bit:

To work, totalist structures require an isolating environment, which serves the purpose of coercive persuasion, keeping group members away from other influences. To determine whether or not an ideology or belief system is totalist depends on structure and function. The structure is exclusive, allowing no other truths, affiliations, or interpretations. No dissension is allowed against the leader’s word. The function of the belief system is multiple: to maintain the leader’s absolute control, to establish rigid boundaries between group members and the outside world, to justify loyalty, and to prevent escape.

Mind control occurs thorough an alternation of fear and love within the isolating environment. Followers are threatened by the leader at the same time they are promised love. They are entrapped within the group, glued in anxious dependency to the group, in a constant state of fear arousal but seeking proximity to the group in a failed attempt for comfort.

I commend the rest to your attention.

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Devolution 0

The stupid.

It metastasizes.

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School Daze 0

Teacher lectures class,

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Decoding De Code 0

Will Bunch translates.

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Gulling the Gullible 0

At the Des Moines Register, Roger Patocka argues that too many of our polity are allowing themselves to be led into a fantasy world by fabulists:

Hannah Arendt, considered one of the most important political philosophers and thinkers of Central Europe during the 20th century, offers valuable counsel to distinguish between truth and lies, or between fact and fiction, in her 1951 book “The Origins of Totalitarianism”:

“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction (i.e., the reality of experience) and the distinction between true and false (i.e., the standards of thought) no longer exist.”

I commend the entire piece to your attention.

(Broken link fixed.)

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The Research 0

Warning: Short ad at the end.

Remembe, “social” media isn’t.

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The Isolated Isolationist 0

Boris Johnson standing on the white cliffs of Dover, holding an empty gas can, looking across the English Channel at cars filling up with gas and seeing a banner reading,

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The back story.

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The Galt and the Lamers 0

A self-proclaimed “ex-objectivist” tries to differentiate between Randian “objectivism” and “libertarianism.” Sam suggests that that’s a distinction without a difference.

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Vaccine Nation 0

Crowd swimming away from the sinking Titantic.  One says,

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In related news, the Arizona Republic’s E. J. Montini marvels at the pretzel logic of those who would perpetuate pandemics.

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A Tune for the Times 0

Below the fold because it’s rated R. Also rated S (for scathing).

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Use-By Date Expired 0

At Notes from the Ironbound, Werner Herzog’s Bear makes a compelling case that the United States Senate is an anachronism, and a dangerous counterproductive one at that. He compares it to France’s Estates-General on the eve of the French Revolution. An excerpt:

This medieval representative body included three groups voting as blocs: the clergy, the nobility, and everyone else. It was an obviously undemocratic system meant to prevent the commoners from wielding real power . . . .

Going back to when I learned about this in high school I had always laughed at the crown trying to gain legitimacy in a changing, modernizing society through such an institution. I have stopped laughing, because I have come to realize that the US Senate as an institution is hardly less farcical.

Follow the link for his reasoning.

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Florida Man 0

Via C&L.

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Decoding De Code 0

Driftglass looks behind the facade. A snippet:

Stripped of several billion dollars worth of relentless marketing, American Conservatism is really pretty easy to understand.

1. America should be ruled by a cadre of morally superior white men.

2. Wealth is proxy for moral superiority.

3. Any means of insuring that America is permanently ruled by a cadre of wealthy men is permitted.

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