A careful reading of QAnon Shaman’s self-published manifesto

My friend Mark Dery, one of the best living cultural critics, read a copy of QAnon Shaman’s self-published controversial new age fascist screed, One mind at a time: a deep state of illusion. Mark survived to write about it, and how the paranoid worldview of the QAnon Shaman aligns with today’s Republican standard bearers, on Hub on:

There are a lot of quotes to quote in Mark’s review. Here are just a few:

  • Shirtless, covered in neo-pagan tattoos, wielding a spear and sporting a furry headdress with horns, Chansley was catnip to the media. Was he a Burning Man brother turned MAGA? Adam Ant on ayahuasca?
  • I was not surprised by the spelling mistakes and grammar issues. Chansley is a college dropout, smarter than his character suggests and a better writer than some of the undergraduates I’ve taught, but hampered by the self-taught’s uneven literacy. (Hitler’s propaganda minister is “Joseph Gerbils”; the civil rights icon known for his “I have a dream” speech is “Martian Luther King Jr.”)
  • Chansley’s use of the word “research” is instructive. Every QAnon follower is a so-called “researcher”, convinced that his Google scholarship is a license to question authority.
  • Trump’s insistence that we are entitled not only to our own opinions, but to our own facts, is now an article of faith on the right.
  • Where you and I see a stylized arrowhead in the logo of the Arrowhead Towne Center mall in Glendale, Ariz., Chansley sees the “pedofile code,” as proclaimed by the spelling-disputed sign he wielded during a Trump event in 2020. “This symbol says that the Arrowhead Mall is a haven for some people with certain tastes, in particular, boyish love.” he said to a television crew, adding, with flawless comedic timing, “It’s not just me speaking from the back here.

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