Letter: Movement’s fear and paranoia know no bounds
Mr. Edwards’s letter of Feb. 17 (Readers Write, "Green Earth deception") was illuminating in that it revealed something about one type of folk that the Tea Party movement attracts. It seems the fall of the Soviet Union has left those individuals with no convenient evil power upon which to focus their paranoid delusions. The displaced Birchers were left with a void desperately needing to be filled. In place of Stalin, we now have the "satanic environmentalists" conspiring to take over the world by infiltrating the U.N. Yet another insidious plot!
This addiction to fear and paranoia has no bounds. They have seen fit to attack conscientious people willing to take on the challenges of our failing environment as occultist dupes one week and socialists the next. Rather than trying to dissect and analyze complex issues, their tendency is to invent simple, grand conspiracies perpetrated by secretive, super-human puppet masters. These provide simple explanations for the direction of things they don’t like or don’t understand. Contradictions in their theories are said to be plants by the conspirators. And, very conveniently, their "theories" become non-falsifiable. Facts tend to have no meaning for them if the facts do not agree with their parochial worldview.
Of course, people with these tendencies are fertile ground for propagandists working for polluting industries and corporate land developers who play on their fears and even persuade people to vote against their own interests. Some of these ideas are found spewing from mainstream media outlets and (sadly) from some of our politicians. True patriots have reason for concern in this regard. Among other things, it undermines our ability to make important decisions about our future that require critical thinking and rational debate.
Steven B. Christo