By my scoring, over half the items in the generic conspiracist scale are literally true

I recently had the good fortune to find this great article on what we do wrong in studying "conspiracy theories". There is a long history of laziness, even complicity, of social scientists wrapping up all sorts of legitimate critical thinking under the label of conspiracy theory. One example that has always bothered me is the various … Continue reading By my scoring, over half the items in the generic conspiracist scale are literally true

The paranoid style in petit-bourgeois politics

I've found that a lot of Qanon supporters and other conspirators are relatively financially successful and/or small business owners. This isn’t surprising on purely demographic grounds- these people are older, white, Republicans so why should anyone be surprised that they often own a jet-ski dealerships and diners? It makes a lot of sense when you … Continue reading The paranoid style in petit-bourgeois politics