False Flags, the Capitol Riot and The Need to Believe

Michael Siegel

Michael Siegel is an astronomer living in Pennsylvania. He is on Twitter, blogs at his own site, and has written a novel.

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  1. gabriel conroy
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    But good people do bad things all the time, especially when you get them into a mass. There are very few genuinely evil people in our world. Almost all of the evil in our world is done by … just folks. Folks who get swept up in the moment, folks who allow their sense of reason to be distorted, folks who just follow orders and do what they’re told, folks who’ve talked themselves into believing that their acts are justified.

    There but for the grace of god–and a lot of introspection and personal soul searching–go almost any one of us if we’re faced with the right (wrong) circumstances.Report

  2. Pinky
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    Really solid article. Really interesting.Report

  3. Oscar Gordon
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    The MAGA lady who was shot? They are claiming she was a false flag.Report

  4. Rufus F.
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    The thing with the Reichstag fire is plenty of people at the time thought it was the work of the Nazis too. The rumor has persisted, although like you say, there’s never been conclusive evidence. Lacking that, it’s not history.

    The frustrating thing about conspiracy theories is they have two parts: 1. A large and horrible crime was committed, 2. it has been covered up by a widespread conspiracy. The problem is anything at all you might offer to disprove 1 is taken as proof of 2. Your proof that a crime wasn’t committed is even more proof that the coverup was strong.

    I’m too lazy to Google this, but a conspiracy theory driven fellow who lives in my building is convinced that the Capitol Riot was a “Peter Pan operation.” I’m not sure the difference with a “false flag operation,” although I can guess.Report

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