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Watch this video! It features a great breakdown of QAnon, an interview with cult expert Rick Ross, and tips on how to help someone out of QAnon or another cult.

David Neiwert’s book Red Pill Blue Pill: How to Counteract the Conspiracy Theories That Are Killing Us

Rick Alan Ross’ book Cults Inside Out

Steven Hassan’s book The Cult of Trump: A Leading Cult Expert Explains How the President Uses Mind Control(Hassan is a former “Moonie” cult member turned cult expert)

The ‘Shared Psychosis’ of Donald Trump and His Loyalists (Forensic psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee explains the outgoing president’s pathological appeal and how to wean people from it.)

A former QAnon believer answers all your questions about how the cult really works

An eye-opening interview with a former QAnon believer

r/QAnonCasualties, a Reddit board where people tell their stories of what QAnon cost them

The psychological needs QAnon feeds

What makes people believe in conspiracy theories?

Why people latch on to conspiracy theories, according to science

An Analysis of Trump Supporters Has Identified 5 Key Traits

A game designer’s analysis of QAnon

Teleological Thinking

Hyperactive Agency Detection

The Dunning-Kruger Effect

The people who died in the Capitol attack

USA Today’s timeline of Capitol Hill riot

Biden inauguration leaves QAnon believers in disarray

The QAnon ‘Storm’ Never Struck. Some Supporters Are Wavering, Others Steadfast

QAnon Supporters Think Donald Trump Will Be Sworn in as President on March 4

Vox’s timeline of Trump encouraging hate groups and political violence

GQ’s timeline of Trump corruption scandals

Business Insider’s list of Trump’s biggest accomplishments and failures

It can happen here: Latin America’s lessons about autocrats unpunished

Faulty US Covid-19 response meant 130,000 to 210,000 avoidable deaths, report finds

The Belief That Trump Is a Messiah Is Rampant and Dangerous

The Conservative Cult of Victimhood

There’s a Term for What Happened at the Capitol This Week: ‘Whitelash’

Mass Delusion in America: What I heard from insurrectionists on their march to the Capitol

The Deep Story of Trumpism: Thinking about the Republican Party like a political psychiatrist

Written and produced by Anna Roberts
Burning palm tree artwork by Perry Vasquez
Intro music by Elliot Middleton

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