The Flat Earth Society

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For as much as conservatives like to go on about the horrors of radical ideologies like Islamocommunazism, conservatism itself has morphed into the sort of rigid secular dogma that would leave Soviet Russians scratching their heads in bafflement. It’s gotten to the point where true believers verify every single claim—metaphysical, empirical, completely subjective—using one criterion: Is it sufficiently conservative?

Understanding that is the only way to make sense of this remarkable spectacle: Conservapedia’s assertion that the theory of relativity is nothing more than another Socialist lie.

We get to laugh at this kind of story because the theory of relativity doesn’t have a great deal to do with how the US government sets policy. But American conservative leaders apply the same model of reverse-reasoning to virtually every policy question. The most powerful ideological movement in the country is one based on the total suspension of critical thought.

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