Pulling the Thread

Conspiracy Theories Are For Losers

Season 01  Episode 1

Which political party is the most guilty of endorsing conspiracy theories? The surprising answer is...the party that loses​. Fear and loss are common triggers for conspiracy thinking, so when a party is out of power, it turns to conspiracy theories to explain its losses and rally its base. But something changed in 2016 - both political parties seem to be embracing conspiracy thinking more than ever. Could it be that people ​across​ the political spectrum are feeling like losers?

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