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Trump’s Conspiracy Theories Undermine Democracy and Advance Authoritarian Rule

Chemi Shalev
Chemi Shalev
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Chemi Shalev
Chemi Shalev

Conspiracy theories are like a religion. Their adherents believe in higher powers that control human developments. They divide the world into forces of light and forces of darkness. They believe only they can perceive the real truth. Like most religions, conspiracy theories are immune to objective refutation: Contradictory facts are quickly digested and transformed into further proof that confirms the original theory.

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