The country is dealing w/the aftermath of "pathologically unrealistic expectations" created by Trump & the Right Wing Media Echo Chamber, & reinforced by complicit/cowardly congressional Republicans. This thread was written on the morning of the election. It's a roadmap: 1/
.....5/....article form (no paywall)
Conspiracy theories are a naturally flowing consequence of perpetual victimhood/grievance/entitlement of both Trump's narcissism, and the collective narcissism of political tribalism. 6/
Conspiracy theories are a cognitive dissonance-reconciling narrative that simultaneously sustain the believers’ narcissism and analyzed in this thread......7/
.....with Qanon having additional factors that draw people in and "reward" them neurobiologically (dopamine): 8/ paywall: 10/
no paywall....11/

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9 May
The "intolerance" has metastasized to inhumanity.

I recently touched on this topic in two podcasts where I spoke about animalistic behavior that, if engaged in by humans, would be considered sociopathic.

Basically, my premise was that what separates humans from animals is...1/
...the ability to use judgment/reason to temper/override otherwise impulsive animalistic behavior.

One of the most primal, animalistic behaviors humans possess is a survival instinct….to self-preserve, even at the expense of the collective interests of the rest of species. 2/
Unfortunately, this instinct to self-preserve has expanded from literal survival into a more contextual or relative state, that can be real or imagined. 3/

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9 May

When the Right:
1) refuses to acknowledge the 2020 election
2) pushes alternate reality-creating lies/disinformation
3) loses access to the common shared reality (platforms)

...they claim victimhood for being excluded from a reality that they refuse to acknowledge exists
Read 4 tweets
2 May
This is a pattern designed to project/normalize the Right's dysfunction by attempting to label some aspect, behavior, or even the entire ideology of the Left/Progressivism to create a false/moral equivalency.

In a recent thread I pointed this out about "mob justice"...1/
The thread analyzed the Right's "secession" from the Rule of Law, and repeated embrace of "mob justice" even as they accuse the Left of engaging in it, with the implicit message being:
"if it's all mob justice, then none of it is" 2/
Another thread analyzed the Right's attempt to excuse Trump’s pathological dishonesty with allegations of the Left lying:

"If everyone is lying, then no one is lying"……because lying is normalized: 3/
Read 7 tweets
28 Apr
Once again the Right "secedes" from the rule of law. Notice the reference to "Democratic prosecutors". When every attempt to enforce the law is politicized, there is essentially nothing anyone on the Right can do that is criminal, b/c all enforcement is "politically motivated".
More on the Right's "secession" from the rule of law:
The raid on Giuliani's apartment happened today. Yet Watters w/out any knowledge of the case/evidence is declaring Giuliani innocent. They confiscated Giuliani's phone. Remember when he was shaking it as if to threaten Trump about what was on it?
Read 4 tweets
27 Apr
There's a common theme that weaves through grievance politics, perpetual victimhood, “cancel culture”, the recent anti-riot laws, and the January 6th insurrection.
A recent example of perpetual victimhood and grievance was this rant by @TuckerCarlson. 1/
In Carlson’s snowflake world, a guy exercising his 2nd Amendment Right to have an AR-15 slung over his shoulder, should “politely, but firmly” ask a 64 year old woman to “take off your mask…...2/
....because your mask is making me uncomfortable”….that it’s “repulsive”, and that it should be illegal, that police, and child protective services should be called. 3/
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