We All Believe Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy Theories are part of the foundation of the United States. Our first strong third party, the Anti-Masonic party, had its roots in the belief in a conspiracy theory. Years later the John Birch society shaped American politics.
Things feel different now. Lies are doing something to the United States that no foreign enemy has been able to achieve: Shredding it.
The bizarre QAnon, imaginary purple elephant and, far more dangerous, the big lie of a stolen election.
It’s time to talk about our gaslit nation and what this conspiratorial bullshit means going forward.
Joining us to do just that is Joseph Uscinski. He’s professor of political science at the University of Miami. He’s the coauthor of American Conspiracy Theories (Oxford, 2014) and editor of Conspiracy Theories and the People Who Believe Them (Oxford, 2018). And we’re lucky to have him.
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