Jacob Bronsther, New Republic: Conspiracy theorizing is grounded in America’s self-conception as a chosen people. Somewhere along the way, though, America has augmented this moral self-conception to incorporate the ideal that the nation is also destined for — and indeed deserving of — greatness and power on Earth, down in the valley below the Hill. It is in the context of such civilizational chosenness that periods of perceived decline can generate a disturbing cognitive dissonance: How could we, the necessarily greatest community, be weak or even non-dominant? Conspiracy theories enter the frame as a method of resolving such dissonance. If there is a necessary connection between American-ness and American greatness, then furtive, evil, abnormal, foreign forces must have intervened to block this connection. Something unnatural is happening.
Source: Drudge Report

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