4 min read · Jun 15th · It is a public-health problem, not a security issue.
The federal government, so far, has not been capable of such a paradigm shift. Part of the problem is partisan gridlock and Republican resistance to anything related to far-right extremism, as they’ve demonstrated with the vote against the January 6 commission. The other problem is that the federal government focuses too much on security, and not enough on preventing radicalization in the first place.
new mindset is not impossible, though. After a white supremacist murdered77 people in Norway 10 years ago, the Norwegian government launched a national action plan to counter radicalization and extremism that engages nine different ministries, including those charged with education, social inclusion, labor, social services, and health
8 min read · Jul 15th · The notion of coronavirus vaccines as unnecessary or harmful — or a government plot — is increasingly embraced by Trump supporters, complicating Biden’s push to boost the public’s immunity before autumn.
20+ min read · 2020-08-21 · Abstract: The QAnon conspiracy theory, which emerged in 2017, has quickly risen to prominence in the United States. A survey of cases of individuals who have allegedly or apparently been radicalized…
~19 min read · From 2018 · I usually write about conspiracy theories, not for conspiracy theorists. This one is different. This is a piece for people who have been part of the Q Anon movement. Specifically, the people who ar…
Apr 29th · Russian and Chinese media are systematically seeking to sow mistrust in Western COVID-19 vaccines in their latest disinformation campaigns aimed at dividing the West, a European report said on Wednesday.
~11 min read · Jun 27th · No one's talking about the complex relationship between disinformation and mental health. That changes now.
Conventional wisdom says media literacy, fact-checking, and critical thinking skills are the best weapons against those impulses. Yet this approach rests on the dangerous assumption that people's emotional and psychological well-being has little bearing on their vulnerability to far-fetched ideas, elaborate lies, and cunning propaganda. In fact, recent research suggests that their mental health can influence what they're willing to believe.
De Coninck and his co-authors described conspiracy theorizing as a "feature of the mind" that shapes "certainty and control in times of uncertainty and stress." In that sense, they wrote, people with a tendency to make negative associations and inferences may be far more vulnerable to the lure of conspiracy theories.
~12 min read · May 7th · Turning a blind eye to the realities of racial injustice, the highly orchestrated right-wing attacks cast a body of scholarship about race in the law as a great threat to American society.