6 thoughts on “Sucker!

  1. Uncle Sugar says:

    “Conspiracy Stand Down: How Extremist Theories Like QAnon Threaten the Military and What to Do About It” (March 10, 2021) https://warontherocks.com/2021/03/conspiracy-stand-down-how-extremist-theories-like-qanon-threaten-the-military-and-what-to-do-about-it/

    “Final preparations today for Devil Storm.” For disciples of QAnon — the viral, conspiracy-ridden domestic terrorist threat — this seemingly innocuous post on the Facebook page of the U.S. Army’s 1st Brigade Combat Team of the 82nd Airborne Division on Dec. 7 was a sign. Rather than an update on a combat readiness exercise at Ft. Bragg, the secret message was that President Donald Trump’s righteous crusade against the “evil liberals” — the storm — was about to begin. As QAnon believers spread their conspiracy theory in the comments section, the account, which typically garners 10 to 50 comments and 20 to 30 shares, exploded to almost a thousand comments and over 5,300 shares. Most of the account’s followers are military members and their families, so they were both exposed to the conspiracy and possible contributors.”

        • 4therecord says:

          Scott McLemee reviews “A Brief History of Fascist Lies” by Federico Finchelstein. https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2020/04/10/review-federico-finchelstein-brief-history-fascist-lies
          “…In Finchelstein’s reading, the fascist movement posits a mental universe in which the existing bodies of knowledge, sources of information, and canons of logic are utterly corrupt and invalid. The world’s truth is fake truth. The real truth is held by the leader and, by extension, his followers — though it might be more accurate to say they manifest the truth rather than merely possess it, with the leader being its living incarnation. “The individual and collective desires of the people were embodied in the persona of the leader,” Finchelstein writes, making him the perfect manifestation of popular sovereignty: “the people’s power was permanently delegated to the leader, who acted as the best expression of the people’s ideal self.”
          Thus the leader is the way, the truth and the light. All evidence to the contrary is a thing of darkness, to be disregarded until it can be destroyed. “Under fascism,” the author says, “heroic political forces were supposed to be unleashed,” restoring true greatness to the world and destroying the forces that had corrupted it. Remaining pure of that corruption in the meantime was a necessary though not sufficient demonstration of loyalty: “Fascists considered that the emergence of inner authenticity became a meaningful political act when it implied redemption through violence, sacrifice and death.” Terrifying rhetoric would never be enough. But it was a start.”
          See also Palingenetic ultranationalism https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palingenetic_ultranationalism

  2. GQP says:

    ‘An existential threat’: The Republicans calling for their party to reject QAnon conspiracy theories https://www.cnn.com/2021/04/10/politics/qanon-republican-party-congress/index.html
    CNN reached out to the offices of more than a dozen GOP members of Congress to request interviews for this story, and only two agreed to participate.
    It’s difficult to pinpoint exactly how widespread belief in QAnon is in the Republican Party. According to the Pew Research Center, roughly a quarter of Republicans who know about QAnon view its supporters favorably, though nearly half of Republicans say they know nothing at all about the conspiracy theory.

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