When angry men storm the Michigan capital with AR15s over their shoulders, I simply go blank.
I hate to let myself slip into this mode of thinking, but I feel some people are born awful and never change. Don’t we all have close personal experiences with people like that?
I can be as cynical as the next person, but I don’t view these people as inherently evil.
Are their actions harmful, disgraceful, stupid, deadly, insane and scary to watch?
Depends on your sources of information: garbage in, garbage out.
Look at the Australian Wildfires, and how many people believed the conspiracy theory that arsonists had caused it, not Climate Change.
We have a 24/7 disinformation network, regardless of whether they call themselves “news”. When hydrochlorothiazide was shown to have serious negative reactions from COVID-19 patients, did Fox spend days letting people know this important detail after they had spent weeks blasting it as Trump’s cure-all-drug?
When you are among the 40% of Americans who don’t have $400 for an emergency, you don’t have idle cash to invest in a subscription to reputable publications like The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Yorker, etc.
So the only news you get is from your friends or family sharing on Facebook, Russian bots tweeting disinformation, or Fox.
If that was my news sources, and I was struggling to pay rent when I have nothing saved, I would probably be protesting or storming the state capital.