WHY ARE LIBERALS PRONE TO BELIEVING CONSPIRACY THEORIES?
POSTED JULY 14TH, 2017 | BY DYLAN JAMES HARPER
Donald Trump’s narrow electoral victory will likely be the most analyzed in United States history. Featuring the bafflingly failures of the electoral system that Bush v. Gore revealed, and the outrage and vitriol of the Obama years, this election has come to represent many things to many people.
To the left, it’s basically been applied as needed on a case by case basis, used to argue in favor of socialism, against so called political correctness, and everything in-between. One of the more troubling impacts, however, is how the left has become to characterize Trump and the Republican party post election: as the 4D chess playing tactical strategists that the right believes them to be.
Left leaning social media is filled with conspiracy theories about Trump and his cabinet. Multiple articles have asserted that Trump is planning his own Reichstag Fire, the infamous burning of the German government building that help prompted Hitler to power (and was almost certainly started by Hitler). Others still talk about collusion with Russia to create a global oligarchy. Most of these types of articles are far reaching, to say the least, and eerily similar to the type of rhetoric the right loved to throw around during the Obama administration. Why has the left become so prone to them?
There are many possible answers, but one that seems consistently likely is that liberalism as a whole slowly coming to terms with the fact that it just doesn’t work. The ideology of course will survive on for many generations, it’s far too ingrained to be dismantled quickly, but the people that have bought into the myths that make up the liberal belief system in the United States, such as American-Exceptionalism, a fully functioning democracy, an idealistic and selfless populace, are starting to see what they thought were once towering structures crumble.
This leaves these people with two choices: except that the liberal system the believed in doesn’t work and begin to put their efforts into something more radical, or start building more myths. Did a cynical populace that believes in or is apathetic toward white supremacy either elect or not put effort into opposing Trump? No. The Russians hacked the election. Will voters most likely allow another Trump presidency to occur in 2020? No. Trump will start his own Reichstag Fire, and seize power.
Thinking about these types of things for ten seconds clarifies how silly they are. Trump already has power. He has every branch of government, and at least two willing global power governments on his side. During the election, Trump was openly supported by the Klan, admitted to multiple sexual assaults, and alienated every existing power structure, and still enjoyed a victory at the hands of most people not being moved by these events to come out and vote against him.
What’s damaging about these nonsensical articles is that they shift the focus far away from where it needs to be. Opposing Trump means openly opposing white supremacy, patriarchal values, anti-environmental politics, and the current United States political infrastructure. Instead, this is encouraging a feeling of powerlessness that will pay big dividends for reactionary forces who will continue to dig into the positions of power in the United States. The only way forward is to stop writing and stop sharing these types of articles, and start talking more about the actual systems of power that lead to a Trump presidency.
Dylan James Harper is the Chief Political Editor for CSuiteMusic
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