by Jayson Dibble
The January 6 Capitol riot brought the QAnon conspiracy into public view, including the toll on families when a member adopts the worldview. Looking historically at social science research on cults suggests that while aggressive ridicule might be tempting, it's counterproductive.
SOURCE: The Bulwark
by Daniel N. Gullotta
"The perception of a Christian nation in religious freefall fits almost seamlessly with QAnon’s conviction that the United States is under spiritual assault."
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Ben Sasse
The Republican Senator from Nebraska, who holds a doctorate in American history, warns that his party cannot continue to "preach the Constitution while winking at QAnon," and suggests ways to repair the frayed social fabric in which conspiracy theories thrive.
SOURCE: The Conversation
by Jonathan D. Sarna
The presence of conspiracy theorists and overt and coded anti-Semitic messages at the Capitol riot shows that far right ideology continues to target Jews in a conspiratorial, eliminationist worldview.
SOURCE: The New Yorker
by David Rhode
Trump's indulgence of conspiracy theorists risks casting the government as the enemy of the people. A new social contract is needed to ensure that this breach doesn't widen.
SOURCE: Boston Review
by Samuel Clowes-Huneke
A new book by historian Monica Black suggests that the irrational was never absent from the postwar order—and, moreover, that florid eruptions of mystical thinking often accompany periods of extreme political upheaval.
SOURCE: Vanity Fair
by Jeff Sharlet
Jeff Sharlet has long examined the role of true believers in politics. As the influence of the QAnon conspiracy theory among Trump's base comes in for scrutiny, he asks what if "he isn’t selling a dream, he’s dreaming it?"
SOURCE: Made By History at The Washington Post
by Zachary R. Goldsmith
While the “paranoid style” in the various conspiracy theories of QAnon are nothing new, they certainly bode ill for democracy.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
Max Boot the victim of a fake headline apparently concocted by QAnon, the rightwing conspiracy pro-Trump troll
by Max Boot
A photoshopped headline made it seem that Boot had changed his opinion about troops in Syria.
SOURCE: The Washington Post
106 years later, the pro-Trump online conspiracy-theory group QAnon has made Morgan the villain of a wildly implausible story.
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