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  •  That may very well be, but the mental habit of (14+ / 0-)

    … dismissing everything that even faintly acquires the gestalt "conspiracy" is easily formed and hard to unlearn, among a busy and stressed populace.

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    by lotlizard on Sat May 29, 2010 at 09:53:17 AM PDT

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    •  I have wondered about this a lot, (14+ / 0-)

      I was first stunned by this phenomenon as a young man, watching a group of grown-up Congressmen officially declare that JFK was killed in a physically impossible way.  The next shock was seeing most of the country sneer at people "crazy" enough to reject an explanation inconsistent with known facts.  Since then, I have seen this phenomenon a few times.

      My guess is that the notion of a conspiracy resonates with a primal fear--that of being rejected by one's tribe.  Combine this resistance to acknowledging the existence of frightening shadowy forces with a cooperative media, and you get what we have today:  a strong presumption against conspiracy explanations in the face of the obvious fact that humans are by nature a conspiratorial species.

      This presumption helps to cover a lot of sins.  A recent example, perhaps trivial in this context, is the rejection of the solid science of exit polling to avoid accepting as real the many signs of election fraud.  In the case of rightwing terrorists, there are additional forces in play which make convincing the public of conspiracy a tough hill to climb.  Kudos to The Nation, Ms, and this diarist for your work.

      If you want total security, go to prison. There you're fed, clothed, given medical care and so on. The only thing lacking... is freedom. -Eisenhower

      by geomoo on Sat May 29, 2010 at 10:44:58 AM PDT

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    •  of course it does (0+ / 0-)

      An amazing number of things can be swept under the CT rug to stop people from asking awkward and embarrassing public questions about them if one has enough control over the legacy media to arrange for "experts" to appear on enough talking heads shows to put that Party Line across.

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      by alizard on Sat May 29, 2010 at 04:01:42 PM PDT

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