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Q, American Paranoia, and Reactionary Backlash | Bird's Eye

Join the editors as they continue their discussion of the role of myth in political life, examining the "QAnon" conspiracy theory.

Join the editors as they continue their discussion of the role of myth in political life, examining the "Qanon" conspiracy theory. What does Q tell us about myth and its role in politics? Is there precedent for conspiracy theories like Q in the American past? How is Q different from past conspiracy theories?

Next week, we will conclude our discussion of the role of myth in political life by discussing the possibility of a global myth, whether myths are ultimately natural or socially constructed, and what policies might make American myths more believable.


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Table of Contents

00:00 - Introduction
00:32 - Q Excerpts
02:57 - Recap of Last Week
04:39 - Today's Topic
05:50 - What is Q, basically?
09:33 - Connection to Election Fraud Conspiracy
12:34 - Q As Myth, Religion
17:48 - Q As Reactionary Myth, Fantasy
21:26 - Q's Roots in American Covenantal Myth
23:53 - History of American Paranoia
31:15 - American Tension b/t Universality, Particularity
35:20 - The Power of The Internet
42:39 - The Balkanization of American Narratives
43:13 - Next Week's Topic
43:54 - Signing Off


If you haven't yet, be sure to check out last week's episode on the history of American political myths.

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