I am not trying to be "Tin Hat" with my question to you. Statement first:RW response:
It seems to me that there is exponential growth in the number of folks in this country developing, holding and expressing vociferously, even angrily, very strange and humanly hostile ideas. It almost appears to manufactured though, in what I feel is an intense effort to subvert and disparage tradition.
Do you think it is possible that some of these people are mentally/emotionally controlled remotely to some extent?
Is it possible that some substance is damaging these peoples brain?
I am just continually shocked at what some folks think these days.
Am I paranoid?
Nothing going on requires an explanation of government or other operators using some type of mysterious brain control of the masses.
The masses are just very easily managed by demagogues. It happened, for example, in Mao's China and Lennin/Stalin's Soviet Union, where tens of millions were killed in one fashion or another. Chapter 10, "Why the Worst Get On Top," of F. A. Hayek's The Road to Serfdom discusses this problem.
Indeed, there are many now infatuated with Donald Trump who doesn't have a single libertarian brain cell---but he knows how to get the masses going, in many ways similar to the way Mussolini did.
The Left, on the other hand, knows how to get into the heads of the college kids.
I don't expect the situation to change anytime soon but it isn't completely hopeless. I believe there are ways to get libertarian themes advanced and accepted on a very basic level by the masses, but more work needs to be done by the deep thinking libertarians on how to approach this.