Conspiracy Theories, Alt-Right Insanity, and “Spirit Possession”

References for the factual claims in this blog are provided at the end.

treetIn the last few days, the “plandemic” conspiracy theory has been gaining traction online.  It’s a rehash of several earlier conspiracy theories, such as that Bill Gates, whose charitable foundation funds vaccination and contraception around the world, created the covid-19 pandemic in order to reduce the world population and enrich himself. It’s not a coincidence that Gates has been very critical of President Trump. The Trumpian right is full of similar fantasies, emblematized by the letter “Q” (for Qanon) worn by many Trump supporters. These theories are obviously insane, but in precisely what sense?  Read More