Qanon is indeed a blatant case of reality denial. It is puzzling why people fall for it. But equally puzzling are the many educated and people who denied and even mocked the possibility that Trump would try to steal election, as well as the risk of mass right wing violence.
To me, as a theorist of propaganda and ideology, it's the latter group that poses the more interesting philosophical question about delusion in the face of obvious reality.
You did not need a PhD to see what Trump was doing. But curiously you did need to have a PhD to unsee it.

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