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Offline Id82

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A question of conspiracy theories.
« on: November 22, 2019, 06:12:25 pm »
I've been wondering this for a while, but why is the right wing more susceptible to Conspiracy theories? It's gotten so bad in recent years with the Q anon and now Trump himself spitting conspiracy theories out that his base all seem to believe. I'm not saying that there's no left wing conspiracies. I have no doubt that the truther movement, and vaccine denialism and even the birther movement started out on the left but then the right just runs with them and it blows up even more on their side of the aisle to the point where it's taking over government. Why is this? And why are they on the rise?

Also what leads more people on the left to be more skeptical?

Or is it the other way around where the right wing doesn't make you more conspiratorial, but conspiracist are just more likely to be right wing?
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Re: A question of conspiracy theories.
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2019, 10:31:04 pm »
I've been wondering this for a while, but why is the right wing more susceptible to Conspiracy theories? It's gotten so bad in recent years with the Q anon and now Trump himself spitting conspiracy theories out that his base all seem to believe. I'm not saying that there's no left wing conspiracies. I have no doubt that the truther movement, and vaccine denialism and even the birther movement started out on the left but then the right just runs with them and it blows up even more on their side of the aisle to the point where it's taking over government. Why is this? And why are they on the rise?

Also what leads more people on the left to be more skeptical?

Or is it the other way around where the right wing doesn't make you more conspiratorial, but conspiracist are just more likely to be right wing?

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Re: A question of conspiracy theories.
« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2019, 10:52:46 am »
Honestly, I'm not entirely sure the right is really more prone to conspiracy theories. But I remember hearing this theory that the "tribe" with less influence over mainstream society and culture is more likely to buy into conspiracy theories to explain why they're on the back foot in the culture war. If that's the case, then it might be a cyclical thing.

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Re: A question of conspiracy theories.
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2019, 11:56:14 pm »
Honestly, I'm not entirely sure the right is really more prone to conspiracy theories. But I remember hearing this theory that the "tribe" with less influence over mainstream society and culture is more likely to buy into conspiracy theories to explain why they're on the back foot in the culture war. If that's the case, then it might be a cyclical thing.

Possibly, but that doesn't explain why this continues to happen even, perhaps especially even, when the hard right are in power they resort to them still.