On Saturday in San Antonio, protesters gathered outside the Alamo to decry its new designation as a Unesco World Heritage site, on the less-than-rational basis that this honour could be the prelude to a United Nations takeover of Texas’ most sacred landmark.
How much do you think we’d have to pay them to do it?
More seriously, I agree - people who think those things are often beyond simply ignorant; there’s something truly not right going on in their minds. That said, it’s amazing how powerful of an influence those around us can have even when we’d be otherwise considered rational actors.
There’s definitely a contagion effect. Some people are heavily predisposed towards irrationality, but others are more borderline. If they’re surrounded by paranoid, illogical folk, they join them, but if not, not. One major problem with modern communications technology is the ease with which fringe elements can form communities of the like-minded where no conflicting views are heard. It’s adding shearing forces to this country that may, if they grow strong enough, lead to chaos or dissolution.