Satanic Panic

Mothman was defo CIA LSD experiments, check out Ghost Stories for the End of the World!

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Much like UFOs I think it’s one of those things that endures because there’s just enough tenuous circumstantial evidence to lend it creedence and because it’s an exceptionally malleable idea that can be shoehorned into any situation. Think for certain people there’s comfort in believing that certain events are due to unknowable, unavoidable abstract evil rather than perfectly avoidable failings in the basic infrastructure of society.

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You basically explained why people vote tory

:face_with_monocle: :open_mouth:

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honestly think conspiracy theories, 99% of the time, are as simple as people being drawn to a more interesting option for what has happened. People love novel explanations that aren’t within the ‘boring’ normal parameters of life. The government did xyz because they are working within a satanic cult is more appealing than the government just doesn’t care about you, you’re worthless to them, so they did xyz.
All the “vaccines are being implemented to track you” “this is the great reset!” all sound like players at a casino complaining that there is a grand conspiracy to cheat them out of money when really the house always wins because the odds are slightly in their favour, they don’t need to cheat you, they’re already guaranteed to win.

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That trial is one of the hysterias that led to the Rochdale “satanic abuse” case, which is really sad and awful

‘Satanic abuse’ case families sue council for negligence | Children | The Guardian

like conspiracy theories are so much the norm now it’s somewhat farcical. I actually went on twitter after the astroworld incident ( I know) just to see what people were saying and it was just awash with nonsense theories and conspiracies. It was as tedious as it was predictable and also totally vulgar what people were presenting as fact. Impossible to tell if people are doing ‘a bit’ a lot of the time as well, that’s how weird the world is.

Social media. Everyone ehas to have a take and make saod take public

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One of the very worst things about the Internet is that these wingnuts will always find their audience. People can just type “astroworld crab people” or whatever into Twitter and find a fleet of like-minded morons desperate to confirm their suspicions.

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Yeah that’s grim for everyone involved.

So much of the 1980s Satanic Panic stuff was based on people having therapy as adults and suddenly having memories of being abused as a child, and then there’s been a constant back and forth between different waves of psychiatrists saying those memories themselves were fake, and so on and so forth. You’ll find plenty of conspiracists saying that of course it’s in the interest of psychiatrists to dismiss these memories as fraudulent. It even goes back to Freud, there’s a whole school of thought that in his early practice he reasoned that lots of the trauma he observed in patients was as a result of childhood abuse, which he found to be pretty endemic in wealthy Viennese society - but of course, publicising this fact would have ruined him, hence he started talking instead about Oedipal complex and so on (no idea how true any of that is).

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The meeting point between the denial of widespread childhood abuse and muscular Christianity is what I think gives the Satanic Panic a particular staying power, certainly in the American imagination. Per @ruffers, it’s part of the underlying ‘national faith’ that God has a nemesis, and as America is perceived to be ‘Godly’ then bad things are easily seen as ‘Satanic’. It also sustains itself through the same mechanisms as faith, in that it’s scientifically impossible to prove the non-existence of Satan, and while rational heads will understand that ‘Satanic activities’ don’t actually require a real Satan there are a lot of folks for whom this logic doesn’t quite click. As a result it’s a really great catch-all if you want to under-bus some systemic issues that come from the real world. “That’s not child abuse by community leaders, that’s definitely SATAN.” I don’t mean to be glib, it’s just such a perfect bogeyman construction,

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It also works to harden the beliefs of Christian Americans, because (a) some of them feel like they’re under attack by Satanists and (b), people pointing out that it’s probably nothing to do with Satan or God look like they’re practising denial of faith in total, and saying that Christianity itself is wrong. It’s a really, really useful smokescreen, if you’re evil.

yeah, remember watching an interview by that shaman nazi guy who took photos in the capitol and he spent about 3 or 4 minutes describing how the ‘global elites’ and politicians were all in cahoots and controlling society together and I’m like, yeah, fair enough I suppose.

and then he started talking about a labyrinth of hundreds of thousands of miles of underground tunnels and bunkers throughout the US and the moon where this all took place, and how it was all to do with pedophilia and satanism.

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I think, maybe, ‘we’ are not great at dealing with bad shit happening, so there’s an appeal in finding something to blame when stuff goes wrong. Easier to cope with if the thing you blame has some malicious intent.
I know some people who skew a bit into conspiracies, I think it helps them make sense of the messiness of the world

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Just to point out, I’m not saying that American Christians or indeed Christians in general are evil, more that as a predominantly conservative base this whole charade plays on their personal beliefs in a really insidious way. Not digging out the Christians here!

would be fun if i was all true though. JFK’s son returning from the dead especially to attend some rally in Pittsburgh outside a Dunkin’ Donuts or something.

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Always backtracks to antisemitism too.

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Four Seasons Landscaping Reunion Tour 2k21 feat JFK Jr (DJ Set)

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