Six Reasons Why QAnon is Still Popular

qpop13For a conspiracy theory that’s been marked by a litany of failed predictions, disappointments, de-platforming, and infighting between factions; QAnon remains remarkably popular.

This is the theory that Trump is about to unleash a massive wave of indictments against the deep state, and anonymous Trump administration official known only as Q is leaking foreknowledge of events to acolytes on far right social media.

And despite the endless exhortations that the great purge of America’s enemies is coming “next week” or “soon,” none of these arrests or events have materialized.

Every prediction Q has made has either failed completely or only been right because it’s so vague that it could be applied to anything – a cold reading tactic called “shotgunning.”

Yet QAnon has now been going for over a year, and inexplicably seems to get more popular every time it gets some mainstream attention.

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Are There Any Real Conspiracy Theories?

I want to answer a question that I’m asked over and over again: are there any conspiracy theories that turned out to be true?

That is, are there any popularly held beliefs that a group of powerful people secretly worked together to do something harmful, that were later proven with compelling evidence to be real?

It’s a given in the conspiracy theory community that history, particularly recent history, is full of conspiracy theories that were proven right or came true.

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George H.W. Bush Death Conspiracy Theories

The death of former president George H.W. Bush on Friday marked the first passing of a POTUS in the social media age.

It also marked the first death of a president in the age of the instant internet conspiracy – a place where the secret misdeeds of the powerful aren’t whispered about in free pamphlets and public access TV shows, but by millions of people with instant access to each others’ lamebrained opinions.

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Of Course a Rothschild Would Say That

One of the the things that drew me to writing about conspiracy theories in the first place is having the last name of a family involved in some of the most prominent ones in recent history.

The Rothschild banking family has been accused of everything from funding both sides of pretty much every war of the last several hundred years to crashing world economies at will to controlling the weather to secretly being the ancestors of Adolf Hitler.

I am not related to this family. I know of no connection in my family to anyone in the prominent Rothschild clan, nor has any connection ever been presented to me.

And yet, virtually everything I write about or film related to  debunking conspiracy theories gets rebutted with “of course a Rothschild would say that.”

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How Big is the #QAnon Movement?

How many people believe in QAnon? That’s a good question, and one that is basically impossible to answer.

To start with, activity in QAnon tends to ebb and flow, with Q going silent for a while, followed by dozens of posts and furious analysis by acolytes – only for Q to go silent again.

(Hint, I talk about this a lot on my YouTube channel, which you should subscribe to.)

Believers likely think it’s because Q is gathering the intel he drops on his following. Skeptics might say it’s because Q only posts when something happens that he can use to retroactively prove his own existence.

They also argue among themselves endlessly over whether or not “something big is happening” and what the plan is.

I did a Twitter thread on this that got picked up by some big news sites, and got a truly insane Neon Revolt article written about me, as well. So RIP my mentions.

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