Category Archives: Lunacy

Links and Comments: True Believers Scorned

The QAnon cult is reeling from the evaporation of the promises Q and a certain former president made about what would happen on inauguration day. It’s like those many examples over past centuries of apocalyptic cults, anticipating the end of … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Insurrectionists, the G.O.P., Evangelicals, Fantasies, and Lies

It’s always dangerous to characterize any entire group with some common trait; that’s the first step toward prejudice and bigotry. Yet there are more and more article and essays that find common traits among Republicans, as a group, or at … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Election Reform; Social Change; Insurrectionist Victimhood; Republican Entitlement

NYT Sunday Review, Beverly Gage and Emily Bazelon: How to Ensure This Never Happens Again, subtitled “The election and its aftermath have revealed weaknesses in our democracy. Here’s how we can fix some of them.” The article reviews how we … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Yet more about conspiracy theories, since they never go away

First at Slate, an efficient recounting of the psychological reasons behind the attraction to conspiracy theories. John Ehrenreich: Why People Believe in Conspiracy Theories, subtitled “They’re not stupid.” Long quote with links to references left intact: What does predict belief … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: It Could Have Been Worse; It Might Get Worse; Lessons

I don’t pretend to have any special insight into current events, but for the sake of perspective, of checking back from the future to see where we were at on this day, I will briefly summarize. (Similarly, it would be … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: The Coup Attempt; Human Nature; Republican Fantasies

It’s hard to know where to start given events of the past few days. The general consensus among the pundits and sites that I read is that we knew this was coming all along, that this particular event (the seditious … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Gift-Giving; Australia is Fake; Facebook as Doomsday Machine

NYT: You’re Choosing a Gift. Here’s What Not to Do., subtitled “Many of our natural impulses turn out to be wrong. Psychological research can help us choose wisely.” Another essay about how intuition and “common sense” can seem appropriate for … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: The American Divide

Washington Post, Max Boot (a conservative who’s left the Republican party): No vaccine can end America’s pandemic of ignorance and irrationality But the biggest divide in modern America, I would argue, is between those who are rational and those who … Continue reading

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Links and Comments: Politics and Conspiracy Theories; Epistemology

Another batch of links and comments, again on topics of politics and conspiracy theories, not because I’m trying to dissuade anyone in particular of any such beliefs (let alone supernatural ones), but because all these examples (more and more of … Continue reading

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This Week’s Facebook Memes

Quoted without comment. Opinions, not claims of fact; From Gloria Steinem: How about we treat every young man who wants to buy a gun like every woman who wants to get an abortion — mandatory 48-hour waiting period, parental permission, … Continue reading

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