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  • Why do online conspiracy cults attract so many adherents?
  • Why do online conspiracy cults attract so many adherents?
    Katerina Holmes (2020) ©
Subculture

Who are the ‘conspiratualists’?

Alternative forms of belief are increasingly infiltrating mainstream culture, with ‘conspiritualism’ gaining mass exposure following the storming of the Capitol Building. But who are the ‘conspiritualists’? And why might the ‘brovolution’ create problems for conventional healthcare?

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Just six days into 2021, the world watched in disbelief as a mismatched bunch of insurrectionists carried out an unprecedented attack on democracy at the US Capitol Building. Amid the confusion of the event and its aftermath, one question rose quickly to the surface: who was that dude in the horns? Now known widely as the ‘QAnon Shaman’, the enigma that is Jake Angeli has attracted global attention, with his hunger strike in jail at being denied organic food sparking a new form of cognitive dissonance: members of violent mobs aren’t generally expected to be die-hard ethical consumers.

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