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The Taylor Swift story is so fucking dumb, how are you supposed to respond to it? Either the boosters are earnest, which means they're publicly exhibiting symptoms of psychiatric delusions and need medical help. Or they're...joking? Pretending? Auditioning for a role? Lying? I can't tell between the two possibilities anymore.

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Conspiracy-theoretic thinking on the right began with climate change. In order to justify climate science "scepticism' rightwingers had to posit a massive conspiracy involving not just climate scientists (in it for the money) but virtually all the scientists and scientific organizations in the world. James Inhofe and other Republicans were pushing such theories back in the early 2000s.

For a long time, climate change denialists were "cafeteria crazy", taking a conspiracy theory line on some topics, while distancing themselves from fringe loonies on others. But that was a self-contradictory position that couldn't be sustained forever.

By contrast, comprehensive lunacy is a stable equilibrium. Any information coming from outside the world of crazy can be discounted as misinformation, and there is no real need for internal coherence

In this context, the real crazies are those who continue to discuss the Republicans as if they are a normal democratic political party, rather than a cult.

https://crookedtimber.org/2010/09/15/observations-on-a-parallel-universe/

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"Supermarket checkout lane tabloids like National Enquirer would print this kind of thing, to be sure"

They really didn't, though. During its black & white phase, the National Enquirer would print a lot of loopy outlandish stuff, but it wasn't politically partisan. Around the time they switched to colour, they also switched from "Is your co-worker a space alien?" type journalism to fairly conventional celebrity journalism -- also not politically partisan.

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The left is always predicting the onset of the authoritarian night in America - while the authoritarian left is taking over in Europe. The the only crimes happening at the U.S. border are being committed by illegal aliens and the Biden administration. The restoration of some semblance of order will not be a crime against humanity, and the inevitable tragedies that arise because people insist on breaking the law cannot be laid at the feet of those who rightly enforce the law.

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That turn happened generations ago. Antisemitism was central to rightist ideology, and then Buckley initiated his famous purge.

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