Is the Establishment Cavalry Coming?

Conspiracy theorists of wildly differing ideological inclinations share some rather fundamental and unifying traits. The average paranoid anti-Western crank, who is apt to pin virtually every unfortunate event that occurs a half a world away on the CIA, eagerly disregards America’s obvious and cascading foreign policy setbacks in places like Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, the South China Sea, and elsewhere. Even outcomes that are objectively disastrous for American interests are rationalized by the conspiracist as just another multi-dimensional chess move in a grand scheme concocted by ill-defined yet utterly pervasive powerbrokers. That same diagnosis could be applied to those on the insurgent right for whom the nebulous yet omnipresent Republican “establishment” is forever pulling the strings. These suspicious souls need only conduct a dispassionate survey of the political environment to conclude that their all-purpose villain is on his heels.

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Is the Establishment Cavalry Coming?

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