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  •  The will to believe the worst is strong (2+ / 0-)
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    Brecht, timewarp

    This all sounds like it ties in with Professor Bob Altemeyer's research into authoritarianism. You have leaders who systematically use fear and anger to control their followers who in turn have a simplistic world view and are always looking for scapegoats to blame for everything they fear about the world and the failures of their beliefs to give them the world the expect.

    It's probably not coincidence that these horrible hoaxes seem to show up and gain credibility as a reaction to ongoing social upheavals. People finding their understanding of the world under attack are often pre-disposed to believe the worst, especially when wrapped up in a seductive package.

    "No special skill, no standard attitude, no technology, and no organization - no matter how valuable - can safely replace thought itself."

    by xaxnar on Sun Nov 25, 2012 at 08:01:22 AM PST

    •  Oh, no question in my mind (0+ / 0-)

      Pogroms, witchhunts, the Red Scare, the rise of Hitler, revolutions, the Satanic panic...on one level, they're all responses to social disruption and instability.  People do horrible things when they're frightened, and all too often the innocent are those destroyed.

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