‘Cookers’ are a product of the modern Left

The following article from Spectator Australia

Why do conspiracy theories emerge? Why are they so rampant today?

Ask the Left and they’ll tell you that it’s social media amplifying and elevating the simplistic ideas of extremists of the ‘far right’ and the only solution is heavy-handed censorship of the kind that not only censors ‘right-wing nut jobs (dubbed RWNJs or Cookers)’ but also de-platforms ordinary conservatives and their political opponents. How very convenient for the Left…

I’d suggest a very different phenomenon is at play. One that puts the blame squarely at the feet of the real nutjobs of modern Western Civilisation: the post-modernist extremists who peddle identity politics and division.

It’s PR101 that in the absence of truthful and transparent information, the resulting void will be filled by narratives far worse than reality can conjure. Given this, it’s somewhat ironic and utterly hypocritical that commentators could blame the ‘Right’ for the emergence of conspiracy nut-jobs.

The secrecy, lies, and ‘school ma’am’ management of public communication during the Covid crisis – embraced by our ALP, left-Liberal Party politicians, and the media – has greatly damaged trust in public institutions and authorities.

Heavy-handed vaccine mandates and lockdowns, along with the abuse of state of emergency special powers by authoritarian ‘leaders’ and bureaucrats, has undoubtedly fuelled the fire of public mistrust. If they can do that by decree, what else are they capable of? The rules of society were undermined. It is not the true liberal right, but the big-government authoritarianism of the modern left, that gave rise to the ‘nutjobs’ side-eyeing a world they no longer understand.

What inspires the spread of conspiracy theories among parts of society? It’s treating citizens like children (infantilising the population) and authority figures that get caught misleading or manipulating critical narratives. This behaviour destroys public trust and respect leaving people unable to differentiate a crazy theory from lunatic-level lies and other truthful absurdities.

Many citizens are able to pick through the complexities, nuances, and grey areas and avoid a decline into conspiracy-thinking (there is also an overwhelming bulk who are not interested enough to bother). Those who are not so blessed, or suffering some kind of mental illness or trauma, may only be capable of dichotomous (black-and-white) simplistic thinking and other errors of reason leaving them to descend into a conspiracy game, ‘joining the dots’ online with the flimsiest of thread and massive leaps of assumption. It brings them comfort in the chaos.

I’d argue that social media makes this somewhat easier, but also that social media makes it easier to debunk such nonsense if only our institutions would bother. This type of human behaviour has been around since humans created society, including when the mob were busy drowning women in pursuit of the witch conspiracy. ‘Shut up and just believe what we say, you cooker!’ isn’t going to bring trust and faith back to leaders and governments for someone convinced that those same leaders and governments are at best trying to control them and at worst trying to kill them. It will have a profoundly reverse effect.

Displaying that they can make mistakes and admitting when they are wrong is how leaders build trust. Refusing to apologise does not. Somebody forgot to tell Annastacia, Dan, Mark, and ScoMo that dogmatically rousing on people, fining them with heavy-handed over-policing, and doubling-down with outrageous hubris when mistakes are made, can easily shift people into a mindset of paranoia. But our leaders know that. Their goal during Covid wasn’t to build trust, it was to amplify fear and dependence for which they hoped compliance would be the result. And to gain votes.

It’s low-end journalism, that is actually propaganda, lazily pushing a dominant idea, not reasoned analysis or consideration of complexities that fuels conspiracy theories. It’s school and university teachers, blinded by one simplistic ideology and worldview, failing to contextualise it correctly, turning their teaching into evangelism for populist causes that breeds reactionary conspiracy nutjobs.

Politicians, bureaucrats, grubby mass media, and our grossly over-politicised education sectors are all to blame for this phenomenon. Not the ‘Right’.

In fact, conservatives and conservativism may be our only way out of this mess.

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