Conspiracy theories were once thought to be the preserve of the paranoid fringes, disconnected from mainstream society. The social isolation of their proponents made them feel innocuous, worthy of nothing more than a shake of the head.
Recently, however, citizens’ belief in the political contract at the heart of our democracies has been catastrophically eroded. The notion that a self-serving elite has ‘betrayed’ the citizens it is charged with serving has become a compelling narrative. And in such an environment of depleted trust, the propensity to believe in misdeeds and cover-ups – no matter how outlandish – is heightened.
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