Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Grift Leads to Rift

There's trouble a-brewing in the fever swamps of the right-wing conspiracy mill... the merely deluded are catching on to the fact that some of the bigwigs in the 'movement' are making bank. Inevitably, there are accusations of being members of the Cabal, accusations of threats and doxxings, and the term 'Nazi' even gets thrown around. It looks like the movement is fracturing into factions (largely over whether JFK Jr is alive or dead, and there's a Flat Earth contingent as well that less loony members shun). Some few even come close to realizing that the whole game is a scam. This mirrors the personal lives of these 'too online' individuals, who often are isolated from family and neighbors because of their outré beliefs. Who could have guessed that a bunch of paranoid cranks would have problems getting along?

I'd feel bad for these people, but they are truly... uh... deplorable. Many of them believe that Nancy Pelosi was attempting a coup against Trump and that there are tens of thousands of sealed indictments for their political and cultural foes. I predict that the movement will devolve into competing sects due to these differences, but that many of the adherents will remain faithful, even in the face of evidence to the contrary of the Conspiracy Theory. Cult members tend to double down on their beliefs when they are proven wrong.

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