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The mass illusion

Navigating many of the issues that have been discussed is not too hard when you have the right tools to see the information out there for what it is. Whether it be prejudiced beliefs and actions, conspiracy theories, indoctrinated or radicalized groups, or even the rhetoric many of those in authoritative positions utilize to sway … Continue reading

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Creeping normality

I have shown how those that follow conspiracy theories typically rely on mental shortcuts to navigate the information, and the content that feeds them this information is efficient in capturing more automatic cognitions. Kahneman (2011), found that the brain forms thoughts in two ways. He distinguishes the process by referring to them as system one … Continue reading

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Traffic jams

The process of a rumor goes through stages for "optimization", essentially boiling it down to something that can easily grab the attention of the reader and possibly subvert their more rational cognitions. Allport & Postman (1947), leveling is essentially a diffusion i.e., making the rumor contain fewer words or items, shortening it, and taking away … Continue reading

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The virgin analysis versus the Chad two-valued logic

As has been mentioned, the process of spreading the message of the far-right is diffuse and self-perpetuating, with no real head on the hydra, a few demagogues have managed to gain some notoriety but are not exclusively tied to any hate groups or fringe ideologies, though small threads can be connected to their ideas and … Continue reading

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Profits of Deceit

The influencers like Peterson and Shapiro show there are some lighter or inadvertent versions of what the alt-right represents, though the blending of their audiences with the more radical side adds another layer, the deeper end of the ideology was brought  to mainstream attention by Richard Spencer who is described by  the Southern Poverty Law … Continue reading

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America’s next top lobster.

  Returning to the figure mentioned last time, Louis Beam, who introduced a theory on leaderless resistance into the white supremacist playbook. Through this contribution to the racist movement, we can begin to see how the group might adapt to their environment. Beam (1992), wrote that it is important to adopt a fluidity in behavior … Continue reading

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Finding the right assessment.

 It needs to be noted that according to some data, the alt-right are a rare group, with the majority being male, and between the ages of 45 to 60+, there is still a seemingly sizable number of young adults in the group as well. According to this research's particular sample of the population, the alt … Continue reading

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Being right on the wrong side of history

The current state of political discourse is at a rather polarized point in America, especially as their unacknowledged scars are coming to the surface amidst a pandemic. There is clearly a growing divide. One of the most poignant is the built-up rage from many years of systemic racism as those who have suffered the brunt … Continue reading