Conspiracy Theorists (via http://davidkflowers.com)

And now a word from a mental health expert (me!) about conspiracy theorists. If you’ve ever met a paranoid schizophrenic, what stands out most about them is how sickly rational they are. They can tell you exactly why they believe someone is poisoning their food, listening to their phone calls, following…



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SteveK
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SteveK
3 years 8 months ago

Did you hear the one about the Japanese General that said Japan didn’t attack the US Mainland because there was an American with an M16 behind every blade of grass?

It’s true… I swear… Just Google “Japanese General” and “grass” or is that Google “Japanese General” and smoke some grass. I keep getting those two techniques mixed up. :)

Barky
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3 years 8 months ago
You are misinterpreting Wayne LaPierre’s statements. His are not lunatic ramblings. There are two key types of dishonesty at play. One is the pathology you describe. The other is dishonesty based on the ulterior motive. The person has a real goal that does not match with the stated goal and thus statements make no sense. Sane statements on gun violence will not come from the NRA because they are not interested in it. Because they are primarily funded by gun manufacturers, gun retailers, and other commercial facets of the greater gun culture, they will wrap all discussions under the umbrella… Read more »
Dr. J
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Dr. J
3 years 8 months ago

“They want to take my guns?” Not only is that not a delusion, I don’t even think it’s controversial. “They want to raise my taxes” has been pretty well documented too.

dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago
This all sounds nice and sort of logical and the same behavior on a smaller scale could apply to politicians and Red Sox fans. There are “enthusiasts” for practically any cause and they will give details and facts to bolster their position until the cows come home. So, I don’t but the “they are coming to take my guns” as a psychological problem/symptom, but a simple desire to keep my nice shiny toy (especially if you of the male gender). At boot camp they told us “this is my rifle (M1) and this is my gun, one is for fighting… Read more »
ordinarysparrow
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ordinarysparrow
3 years 8 months ago

Video that supports this post….

Alex Jones

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWQPZ-taYBs

petew
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petew
3 years 8 months ago
Dr. J, I think the statement, “they want to take my guns away,” becomes delusional when Congressional action to prevent needless gun deaths, is confused with a deliberate and sinister plot to thwart an individuals desires—not just a topic being circulated for debate about how we can best protect our children and other victims of gun violence. As for, “they want to raise my taxes,” this statement is bound to be true with some section of the populace no matter what the time, and what the present administration in power may be. The question for sane voters is really, are… Read more »
SteveK
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SteveK
3 years 8 months ago

Thank you petew.

Dorian de Wind, Military Affairs Columnist
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Once again,my kudos to you, Petew

Dr. J
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Dr. J
3 years 8 months ago
I think the statement, “they want to take my guns away,” becomes delusional when Congressional action to prevent needless gun deaths, is confused with a deliberate and sinister plot to thwart an individuals desires—not just a topic being circulated for debate about how we can best protect our children and other victims of gun violence. Pete, the facts are what they are. A great many citizens would indeed like to take most or all guns out of the hands of other citizens. They do it deliberately, in an attempt to protect children and other victims of gun violence, despite that… Read more »
petew
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petew
3 years 8 months ago
Dr. J, Thanks for responding to my comment on another forum. Like most who make posts on TMV I am frustrated when I can’t directly respond to another poster. You are right that if given a final choice between only two alternatives, one being that all assault rifles and High capacity clips be eliminated, or allowed to remain unregulated and easily available, I would side with the former. But my specific opinions allow for the possession of less lethal weapons, with smaller ammo clips. I also think it is possible that plain clothes police might patrol school grounds and present… Read more »
dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks, Dr. J.

dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago

Well said, Dr. J.

petew
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petew
3 years 8 months ago
Dr.J, In general, I like to consider the value of certain positions taken by the right, because, since many of them also have the capability to think intelligently, it follows that sometimes they will touch on something entirely valid. In strictest terms, the fear that the government will confiscate guns, light bulbs, my cigarettes etc. Do not fit the criteria for Delusional paranoia (At least I think not) but an important thing to remember, is that, in contrast to these other things, powerful weapons may actually be used by mass murderers,while light bulbs and cigarettes, are on a completely different… Read more »
petew
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petew
3 years 8 months ago
Dr. J, After re-reading both of our previous comments, it becomes apparent that, if you seriously think that raising the debt ceiling is demonstrably NOT a beginning towards solving our debt problem, then you must misunderstand my point about the importance and the necessity of raising the ceiling to avoid the probable consequences of NOT doing so. When I say that raising the ceiling would be a beginning, I mean that, to have Republicans give up their obstructionist political strategy, especially on this issue, would be a call for sanity. And,at least, we would safely get this important but routine… Read more »
petew
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petew
3 years 8 months ago
Dr. J, I didn’t expect such a rapid response to my last post and have to say a few things about your last and most recent statements. Yes life is unfair. I have lived more than 60 years and have often personally experienced its unfairness. But consider the proposition that using this axiom to cop out of really trying to change some of that unfairness, is, in itself, very unfair. I appreciate the fact that all sides usually have some important points to make which may be considered practical and real. But I cannot subscribe to some relativist belief that… Read more »
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“Dr J.” Jason, read the commenter’s rules before you comment again. There will be no attacking or baiting other commenters here. We keep the TMV comments area for *focused* comments on the topic only. Your claim about driving others ‘crazy’ at TMV and your personal assessment of other commenters at TMV is also off topic. If you want to have lengthy conversations with another commenter, please take it to your private email instead- if the other commenter is willing. Abide by the commenters rules and all is well and will be well.

Thanks
archangel/ dr.e

dduck
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dduck
3 years 8 months ago

Whatever Dr.J would have said.

petew
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petew
3 years 8 months ago

I don’t think it is wrong for anyone to play a third party and throw out extreme and polarizing statements, in order to see what results. But If this is never revealed for purposes of virtue, then all it becomes is baiting and a huge waste of everyone’s time.

I don’t think you should have removed his last post, Dr. E, but I think you are right to bring his folly to his and our attention.

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