America Is Letting Paranoia Win

The spread of QAnon and other conspiracy theories shows how easily people turn to superstition and panic when the world falls apart

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Conspiracy thinking isn’t stupid, or wicked. It’s human: a natural response when the world around us becomes too frightening to cope with.

Author of “Trainwreck” (Melville House, ‘16) and “Dead Blondes and Bad Mothers” (Melville House, ‘19). Columns published far and wide across the Internet.

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