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The conspiracy theories believed by a third of Britons


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As many as one in three people in the UK say conspiracies often promoted by some alternative media sources are definitely or probably true, including the “great replacement theory” – which suggests white people are being replaced by non-white immigrants – as well as claims that the cost of living crisis is a government plot to control the public, that “15-minute cities” are intended to keep people under surveillance, and that central bank digital currencies will be used to restrict people’s freedom.

Research by King’s College London for the new BBC Radio 4 podcast Marianna in Conspiracyland, also highlights the potential real-world impacts of such misinformation, finding that up to one in four people say they have either taken part in, or would be prepared to take part in, direct action on issues often linked to conspiracy theories.

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This might explain why there is much vigilantism. Most of this conspiracy twaddle has been compressed into lowbrow populism which appeals to the more primitive members of society who unfortunately are in the majority now.

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On 1/8/2024 at 1:05 PM, Whelmar said:

This might explain why there is much vigilantism. Most of this conspiracy twaddle has been compressed into lowbrow populism which appeals to the more primitive members of society who unfortunately are in the majority now.

Hominids will be hominids and they all vote Tory. 

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On 6/14/2023 at 4:40 PM, Eldorado said:

As many as one in three people in the UK say conspiracies often promoted by some alternative media sources are definitely or probably true, including the “great replacement theory” – which suggests white people are being replaced by non-white immigrants – as well as claims that the cost of living crisis is a government plot to control the public, that “15-minute cities” are intended to keep people under surveillance, and that central bank digital currencies will be used to restrict people’s freedom.

Research by King’s College London for the new BBC Radio 4 podcast Marianna in Conspiracyland, also highlights the potential real-world impacts of such misinformation, finding that up to one in four people say they have either taken part in, or would be prepared to take part in, direct action on issues often linked to conspiracy theories.

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White replacement is a product of Feminism, pure and simple.  If white women won't breed, or won't breed with white men for spurious ideological reasons, then the outcome is obvious.  Also children are expensive to raise in the developed world.

The cost of living crisis is simply monopolistic price gouging by supermarket chains.  Yes, governments could act to break up those monopolies, and should.  Go to a farmers market if you don't like being ripped off.

The 15 minute city idea has been around for longer than I have been alive afaik.  The idea comes from Town Planning theorists and it exists to promote an easy and convenient life for people.  The idea being that everything you need is within a convenient distance.  This has been redoubled by the need to reduce pollution, as shorter travel times means fewer emissions.  The surveillance state issue is far more recent, as good surveillance cameras haven't existed at a decent price point for more than about 20 years.  On the other hand, a surveillance camera means criminals are less likely to swipe your car, so if you aren't a criminal, consider the trade-off.

As for digital currencies...  Remember when Bitcoin and all the other digital currencies first flooded onto the market?  They haven't been ended.  Drug dealers the world over still hide and launder their money via Bitcoin etc.  National governments are very slow adopters of electronic currencies.  Also, paper currency still exists.  So how have these developments removed your freedoms?  It seems we have more choice than ever before from what I can see.

If you have a serious counter argument to any of these points, I'd love to have you try and change my mind.

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