MAGAtanga conspiracy theory politics is here
|14 Aug 2020 13:33 PM|
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: The maskless protests in Whangārei organised by Conspiracy groups who believe the Covid Virus is some type of bioweapon spread by 5G to bring about a Shadowy World Government is testament to how politically disenfranchised those abused by the State have become.
For those abused by the Government and for indigenous people who have been oppressed by the State, the rise of MAGAtanga conspiracy theory politics makes sense.
Those who have been let down by the System won't believe the experts when it matters. They will drift further away from a mainstream media who exist to sell them things they can't afford and draw their news increasingly from only Facebook, an International Corporation who makes money by emotionally manipulating readers into staying online by prompting users with more and more outlandish content.
This is why Gerry Brownlee's conspiracy dog whistle insinuating the Government was withholding Covid information this week was so deceitful and dangerous. Gerry enables MAGAtanga protests and empowers Conspiracy theorists like Billy TK.
We are living in fearful times with politicians willing to manipulate that fear for political gain and those who are already righteously distrustful of the State are easy prey for this manipulation.
The need for better funded Public Broadcasting is becoming impossible to ignore as fear and conspiracy run amok.
We must remember that whanau who have been conned into this are good people trying to make sense of a world that has suddenly become very scary, we should applaud their desire to try and understand what is happening, but gently point out that many of these concerns are totally misplaced and based on little more than a terribly misplaced understanding of the scientific facts.
Let us be kind to those who have been sucked in, but call out those who spread and manipulate these fears for their own political gain.
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