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Dispatches From the Culture Wars - May 26, 2020

Inside the conservative cranium, and more

The Cult

By David Atkins
May 23, 2020
Washington Monthly

Core Republican voters have begun to reconstitute themselves as a conspiracy theory cult devoted to beliefs that were once relegated to the farthest fringe–fictions that cannot help but end in civil conflict and violence.

Intellectuals Going Covid

By Matthew Sitman
May 21, 2020
The New Republic

Why the pandemic is driving conservative intellectuals mad.

Being the Victim

By Ryan Cooper
May 13, 2020
The Week

The conservative victimhood complex has made America impossible to govern.

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Rules Are For Fools

By Derek Robertson
May 16, 2020

What liberals don’t get about Trump supporters and pop culture.

A Little Something Called Hydroxychloroquine

By Nick Robins-Early
May 13, 2020

How a “philosopher” who tweets anti-Semitism, two bitcoin bros and right-wing media helped put an idea in the president’s head.

A New Sheriff is Coming

By Emma Powys Maurice
April 30, 2020
Pink News

A woman fired by an Ohio sheriff ‘because she’s a lesbian’ just knocked her old boss out of the race for his own office.

How Conspiracy Theories Work

By Erol Saglam
May 19, 2020

Like viruses, conspiracy theories are socially contagious and hard to stop once set in motion. We must understand what they do to us.

Are We In This Together?

By Danny Westneat
May 20, 2020
Seattle Times

The pandemic is widening society’s preexisting class divides.

#MeToo and Queer Experience

Peter Drucker
May 3, 2020

The spotlight on male-on-male abuse relies on an analytical grid that has been borrowed, generally unchanged and unexamined, from the analysis of heterosexual abuse.