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The fantasy-industrial complex gave us the Capitol Hill insurrection

Photo caption: Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building following a “Stop the Steal” rally. Spencer Platt/Getty Images. Article by 

The fantasy-industrial complex gave us the Capitol Hill insurrection

American insurrectionists, for the first time in the history of this country, stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday. Offices were vandalized. Windows were broken. Statues toppled. A woman was shot and killed. Four others have reportedly died, including a Capitol Police officer. It was ugly, embarrassing, and seditious.

But it wasn’t surprising.

We’ve been inching, inexorably, toward this moment for years. I know this because I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time over the course of this presidency thinking and writing about what you might call the “epistemic crisis” or the “post-truth crisis” or the “misinformation crisis” — it all refers more or less to the same thing. […]

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