"A sovereign citizen, a creationist, an anti-vaxxer, and a conspiracy theorist walk into a bar. He orders a drink."
"A recent article about the "Freak Captain" notes that in addition to being Right-Wing Republican and a Conservative Christian, he also was sucked into one of these MLM weight-loss "shakes" deals.
And people say he became delusional on the airplane. Hate to say it, but his connection with reality was tenuous at best, before he left the ground."
The key word, of course, is "right mind" and people who fall for this sort of nonsense are often very mentally imbalanced. And I think what makes them imbalanced is this sort of thinking. It bootstraps itself - causing more and more cognitive dissonance and making the person crazier and crazier - and more susceptible to other damaging conspiracy theories and nonsense.
How do you avoid this trap? Well, think happy thoughts. If you go down the road of paranoid thinking, you'll end up miserable. And I do believe that most everyone has some control in this regard. Sure, there are full-on batshit-crazy people that need to be medicated (and locked up). They can't help themselves.
But an airline pilot? If he can figure out how to used complicated navigation and avionics systems, he should be able to see through the fallacy of an MLM scheme. And an Engineer - and certainly a lawyer - should be able to figure out that tax denial is just a bunch of silly nonsense.
If you find yourself going down one of these paths - or raging about politics all the time - think carefully about where this is taking you. Do you spend all day long listening to "talk radio" or far-left or far-right commentators? Do you spend hours with your eyes glued to Fox News or Rachel Maddow? Maybe getting away from such intense brain programming is a good first step.
Just a thought. Because once you go down the rabbit-hole, there is really no return.