A woman of color wearing a T-shirt with an upside-down American flag says "Oppression is bad." A grinning white guy with a fedora and a T-shirt that says "TOP KEK" says "Oppression of most people is actually good." A bow-tied professor exclaims, "It's like I'm seeing double!"

 If as the Trump campaign says, “Joe Biden is an empty vessel for the radical left,” Trump’s septic tank overflows for the radical right. Needless to say, RWNJ’s will claim that Joe Biden is as much a tool for something something left-wing as Trump isn’t a dupe for all kinds of right-wing derangement. Reality might have something to say about it. Only idiots or conspiracy theorists would call Biden a communist, revolutionary or otherwise, will the GOP waste time trying this bit of media framing.

Otherwise it’s like “during one of Lyndon Johnson’s congressional campaigns he decided to spread a rumor that his opponent was a pig-f**ker. LBJ’s campaign manager said, ‘Lyndon, you know he doesn’t do that!’ Johnson replied, ‘I know. I just want to make him deny it.’” And Real Clear Politics is not the Revolutionary Communist Party. This is an election with existential import, hardly populated by bakers or clowns.

The head of the Revolutionary Communist Party USA is urging members to head to the polls in November to cast their votes for presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden – arguing that while Biden still represents a “murderous system of capitalism-imperialism” he is a better choice than President Trump. www.foxnews.com/…

“To approach this election from the standpoint of which candidate is ‘better’ means failing to understand the truly profound stakes and potential consequences of what is involved. The fact is that there can be one — and only one — ‘good’ that can come out of this election: delivering a decisive defeat to Trump and the whole fascist regime.”


Unfortunately radicalism is not perfectly circular, as centrists do prefer the right. Trump has counted on reactionary sentiment, hence the manufactured conflict in places like Portland, complete with mongered fear. Trump wants those suburban independent voters back, and red-baiting will continue.

A woman of color wearing a T-shirt with an upside-down American flag says "Oppression is bad." A grinning white guy with a fedora and a T-shirt that says "TOP KEK" says "Oppression of most people is actually good." A bow-tied professor exclaims, "It's like I'm seeing double!"
The horseshoe metaphor was used as early as during the Weimar Republic to describe the ideology of the Black Front.[6]

Simon Choat, a senior lecturer in political theory at Kingston University, criticizes horseshoe theory from a leftist perspective. He argues that far-left and far-right ideologies only share similarities in the vaguest sense in that they both oppose the liberal democraticstatus quo; however, the two sides both have very different reasons and very different aims for doing so. Choat uses the issue of globalization as an example; both the far-left and the far-right attack neoliberal globalization and its elites, but have conflicting views on who those elites are and conflicting reasons for attacking them.


Choat also argues that although proponents of the horseshoe theory may cite examples of alleged history of collusion between fascists and communists, those on the far-left usually oppose the rise of far-right or fascist regimes in their countries. Instead, he argues that it has been centrists who have supported far-right and fascist regimes that they prefer in power over socialist ones.[16] 

And then there’s the nutters, ready to deny mask-wearing and imagine all sorts of conspiracies under every horseshoe.

Experts have classified the appeal of QAnon as similar to that of religious cults. According to an expert in online conspiracy, Renee DiResta, the QAnon pattern of enticement is similar to that into cults in the pre-Internet era where, as the targeted person was led deeper and deeper into the group’s secrets, they become more and more isolated from friends and family outside of the cult.[80] In the Internet age, QAnon virtual communities have little “real world” connection with each other, but online, they can number in the tens of thousands.[80]

With the outbreak of the Coronavirus, QAnon followers have begun to spread false “treatments” for the virus. Furthermore, the group have accused liberal billionaire George Soros of rigging the Iowa Democratic caucuses following its flawed outcome.

A previous theory, according to NPR, held that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was not actually investigating allegations of Russian interference and collusion in the 2016 election. Rather, the former FBI director looked into prominent Democrats — including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Trump’s 2016 opponent — and their relationship with Russia or potential connections to a massive (unsubstantiated) pedophile ring.

Another belief is the military asked Trump to run for president in order to deal with the nefarious group of people in government, according to NPR.

The group also has its own lingo. Aside from calling the leader simply “Q,” they refer to those who attempt to debunk the group and its theories as “clowns,” and those who follow along as “bakers.”


Anything else to know about the group?

It looks for validation, especially in the number 17, which coincides with where Q is in the alphabet.

For example, the University of Alabama national champion football team gave Trump a jersey with the number 17 on it earlier this year when it visited the White House. As The New York Times reported, some who adhere to the Q group believe it’s a symbol that it exists; others online believe it shows Trump, himself, is “Q.”


  • August 4, 2020