The most terrifying thing I've read in recent memory. We're really dealing with people living in an alternate reality that's entangled with our own, and I don't see how we get people out of it.
Taking a page from Trump’s playbook, Q frequently rails against legitimate sources of information as fake. Shock and Harger rely on information they encounter on Facebook rather than news outlets run by journalists. They don’t read the local paper or watch any of the major television networks. “You can’t watch the news,” Shock said. “Your news channel ain’t gonna tell us shit.” Harger says he likes One America News Network. Not so long ago, he used to watch CNN, and couldn’t get enough of Wolf Blitzer. “We were glued to that; we always have been,” he said. “Until this man, Trump, really opened our eyes to what’s happening. And Q. Q is telling us beforehand the stuff that’s going to happen.” I asked Harger and Shock for examples of predictions that had come true. They could not provide specifics and instead encouraged me to do the research myself. When I asked them how they explained the events Q had predicted that never happened, such as Clinton’s arrest, they said that deception is part of Q’s plan. Shock added, “I think there were more things that were predicted that did happen.” Her tone was gentle rather than indignant.
This isn't a typical /r/neoliberal submission, but I think that not only is it a high quality read, but it also points to the real enemy, as it were--the conspiratorial minded and their influence on American politics [yes, more than a little ironic to assert a vast conspiracy by the conspiracy theorists to ruin American politics]. They're found on the right and the left, in people who believe that it's all a plot by the Jews and those who believe it's all a plot by the capitalists, in people all over who reject our enlightenment values and instead embrace a religious mindset with regards to politics.