I thought maybe we should have a separate thread in which we discuss all those wacky lunatics who believe in all sorts of insanely absurd conspiracy theories.
From the more outlandish ones such as the allegedly staged moon landing or that whole Flat Earth wackiness, to the more immediately dangerous ones such as, basically, everything related to the Coronavirus crisis (population control, mandatory vaccinations, microchip implanting etc.) and the rising cult of QAnon.
The problem, essentially, is that people always believed in stupid things (in the Middle Ages, the Black Plague was assumed by many to have been caused by Jews poisoning wells), but the Internet has given them whole new means to connect to each other, reinforce their bullshit, come up with even more outlandish garbage and spread their insane myths to new audiences, in the process eroding any concept of "common sense" and "widely accepted facts".
With idiots who actually believe in crazy conspiracy theories, or at least pander to the believers in the hopes of gaining more votes, in positions of power, and some of these lunatics actually worshipping Trump as their idol who will cleanse the world of all the evil men and bring about a new Golden Age of purity or whatever shit they expect him to do, we should really address the issue, and how to deal with these craziacs.
Ignoring them doesn't help. It just helps reinforce their myth that they're being marginalized and oppressed. Pointing out facts to them doesn't help either. They'll just scream "fake news" and assault you for obviously being part of the conspiracy.
Hey, remember when QAnon was only about drinking the blood of children? Now it's about eating them as well. These people seriously believe in the existence of an elite that does all sorts of evil things to innocent children, and are ready to take steps to kill said elite. These people are dangerous.
And they refuse to wear a mask because they consider it a "muzzle", a symbol of oppression, or just believe it contains toxins deliberately intended to kill them. And so they potentially spread the virus because FREEDOM.
Edited by Nevermore, 06 August 2020 - 03:58 AM.