Understand why people believe conspiracy theories

In recent years more and more people have been believing in conspiracy theories.  These have perverted public discussions of issues, and these have perverted all levels of government in wacky and dangerous ways.  These articles can help us understand this trend and why people believe conspiracy theories.

 

Political scientist explains why so many people were susceptible to QAnon myths:   https://www.alternet.org/2021/10/conspiracy-theory/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=8074&recip_id=22838&list_id=2

 

The Fox News subscription service is pushing preposterous neo-Nazi conspiracies into the minds of American conservatives.  This article reports that Fox Nation host Lara Logan says evolution is a hoax funded by the Jews: Fox Nation host Lara Logan says evolution is a hoax funded by the Jews

 

‘Linguistics detectives’ claim they’ve confirmed the identity of QAnon’s founders:  https://www.alternet.org/2022/02/qanon/?utm_source=&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=9871&recip_id=22838&list_id=2

 

Sequim WA: The Town That QAnon Nearly Swallowed:  This article appeared in The Nation magazine:  Right-wing demagogues tried to take over a small town in the Pacific Northwest. Here’s how concerned citizens stopped them:  https://www.thenation.com/article/politics/sequim-qanon/

 

A short, interesting, compassionate article about dealing with friends who believe conspiracy theories:  https://newint.org/features/2021/10/07/agony-uncle

 

Qanon is perpetuating neo-Nazi hatred and conspiracy theories:  https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2021/10/18/2058839/-The-QAnon-movement-is-struggling-to-hide-its-antisemitic-neo-Nazi-roots?detail=emaildkre