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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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Blood for the Blood God

With the aid of their propaganda and utilization of scapegoats, demagogues and even groups essentially pull the wool over the eyes of their followers. Not only that, there is a mass amount of confusion generated. Where the amplification of one group's message begins the process of polarization, as the opposite end of the spectrum is … Continue reading

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The GOAT

One of the most common concepts to arise in political discourse and conspiracy theories is the scapegoat. It is also a very important idea to be aware of when looking at tensions between groups and how utilizing it can feed into some very atrocious outcomes such as hate, violence, and even genocide. From prejudiced thoughts … 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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On or honor off

Alongside the musings of Hoffer and findings of Allport, a line of research has illuminated one mechanism that might be fueling some of the violence in far-right ideology. This can be found in the culture of the southern United States.  The fact is, the number of hate groups has greatly increased since 2017 and a … Continue reading

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Programming guides

While going through the literature and researching the topic it seems, at times, that the far-right can work with sophisticated methods of propaganda and persuasion, from a broad view it is like cult behavior or mirrors religious fanaticism in its application and practice. The next several posts will be delving into some of the supposed … 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