Pretty obvious when you put it like that
I feel like this is under-discussed: Conspiracy theories often form and spread because they give people a basis for mistrusting minority groups.
This feels like an important caveat. Liberal institutions and elites value intellectual challenge more than those on the right. Consider the New York Times' obsession with "balance" versus Fox News' complete ideological whitewash.
A left-wing person flirting with conspiracy theories is more likely to be pulled back to reality by liberal information-gathering institutions. A right-wing person dabbling in QAnon or whatever is just going to get shoved down the rabbit hole.

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