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    A subsociety, subculture, or imagined universe that is reactionary is incapable of functioning on its own.  It is of necessity parasitic on the society, culture, and universe that isn't.  Even conceptually it doesn't work if you describe it in plain proper terms and account for everything.  So the reactionaries don't/can't use plain proper terminology and ignore large portions of reality.  Once you have a subculture that is this distorted vis a vis reality, it has tolerate certain kinds of lying and illusions and resorts to them fully once reality becomes too hostile and incompatible with what they want.

    And then the con artists and demagogues rush in; people like that are perfect marks with no real defenses other than Pyrrhonism (i.e. skepticism toward everything except the objects of desire) that soon morphs into straight narcissistic emotionalism.  There are no more marks of authenticity or tests for truth they subject the parts of the world they don't like to.

    The root of it all is ultimately the first adamant unwillingness to accept some facet of social or other shared reality.

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