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Why would you think America ever had its marbles? This country has always been nuts. It goes with the frontier and continual expansion. Nothing is fixed, nothing is reliable. Everything is possible. Messianic crusades, conspiracy theories, and plain old graft and corruption have been the rule right back to the founding.

Fanaticism and general insanity is in the very definition of the country, though most people can't see it anymore. The Puritans who came to the Massachusetts Bay Colony weren't seeking "religious freedom" unless you count the absolute autocracy of one religion as 'freedom'. They were totalitarians who couldn't stand living in societies that had differing views from their own. They left England because they couldn't force their way on the society there, and lived in Holland for a while but couldn't stand actual tolerance. So they were trying to found an exclusive 'pure' (as in Puritan) society of their own. There is a reason that 'Puritan' has the connotation it does today. And the strictures in the Constitution about the President having to be native-born were based on paranoid fears of some foreign power slipping a ringer into the US political system and taking over the government. (And in the end, the foreign power co-opted a native-born American anyway! Hah!)

There were very wide-spread dueling conspiracy theories in the run-up to the Civil War. In the South "everyone knew" that there were Abolitionists sneaking around fomenting slave rebellions. Because of course slaves would not rebel on their own, they weren't smart enough. John Brown's raid on Harper's Ferry (October 16-18, 1859) was perfect fodder for the paranoia of Southerners. Southern ideology required that all troubles come from outside. Meanwhile, Northerners were in fear of the Slave Power, the monolithic conspiracy by the Southern elites to spread slavery everywhere. The Dredd Scott decision (March 6, 1857) struck down the legal restrictions preventing slaves from being taken into Northern states, setting off Northern paranoia that had already been growing for decades. And the rest, as they say, is history...

After the Civil War the paranoia continues. The very real Ku Klux Klan promoted all sorts of conspiracy theories as part of its campaign to end Federal control of the conquered states, and the growing industrialization of the US leads to both anti-labor and anti-capitalist conspiracy theories. With the outbreak of the Russian revolution, "Red Scares" come into vogue.

More recent history you are probably familiar with. Cold War paranoia had Communists everywhere. World-wide conspiracy theories always find a good home here. Paranoias that originated in Europe, like Antisemitism, Antimasonry (Hello, Milo, where-ever you are), and more get plenty of believers in the land of the free and home of the brave. This bulletin board is like cultural flypaper, attracting every kind of nutty buzz out there in the current popular culture. You are familiar with a wide range of the nuttiness out there just by being a regular here.

The outlier that makes you and many other people think that "America" is somehow a bastion of sanity and civilization is the period that founded the modern era, Franklin Roosevelt and Eisenhower, and to a degree Harry Truman, did an amazing job of coping with the crises of the Great Depression, World War II, and the Cold War confrontation. But even their administrations were struggling against the nutty movements inherent in American society. Roosevelt was called a Socialist and a Communist by the far right, of course. Eisenhower, the president who signed legislation making it a crime for Communist to run for public office (eventually struck down by the courts), was called a Communist by Robert Welch, the founder of the John Birch Society. The nuttiness has always been strong even at the height of American power. It's not that this has increased, it's that the ability of a small core of rational people at the top to control it has been eroding.

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Has America lost its Marbles?? 577 Deep1 31-May-20 07:49
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 100 Eddie Larry 31-May-20 13:27
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 83 PB Bytes 31-May-20 14:47
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 75 Eddie Larry 31-May-20 15:04
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 75 PB Bytes 31-May-20 15:15
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 69 drrayeye 31-May-20 15:31
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 71 WhoWeird 31-May-20 16:05
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 93 Audrey 31-May-20 18:31
Nope 70 Buck 45 31-May-20 20:56
Re: Nope 89 WhoWeird 31-May-20 21:02
TDS 39 Race Jackson 06-Jun-20 01:53
Re: TDS 41 WhoWeird 06-Jun-20 02:06
Re: TDS 48 Race Jackson 06-Jun-20 02:25
Re: TDS 45 WhoWeird 06-Jun-20 04:09
Total Loser 41 Barbelo 06-Jun-20 07:33
Re: Total Loser 49 WhoWeird 06-Jun-20 13:06
Australian Trumpers to be? 52 drrayeye 06-Jun-20 20:21
Wake up 59 Warwick 01-Jun-20 18:52
Re: Wake up 61 Aine 02-Jun-20 00:15
Typical 59 Buck 45 02-Jun-20 01:18
Re: Typical 48 Warwick 02-Jun-20 19:37
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 63 WhoWeird 31-May-20 22:08
Serious Question 66 WhoWeird 31-May-20 22:25
Re: What Marbles?? 56 Nolondil 01-Jun-20 14:25
Re: What Marbles?? 53 Eddie Larry 01-Jun-20 15:24
We’re In Good Hands 52 WhoWeird 01-Jun-20 15:45
Leadership is badly needed here 50 drrayeye 01-Jun-20 17:42
Re: Leadership is badly needed here 53 Warwick 01-Jun-20 18:54
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 57 eli stills 02-Jun-20 00:46
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 66 Audrey 02-Jun-20 00:55
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 72 eli stills 02-Jun-20 17:16
FTR 51 Warwick 02-Jun-20 19:42
Re: FTR 47 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:27
Re: FTR 45 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:36
Re: FTR 41 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:46
Re: FTR 52 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:59
Re: FTR 49 Audrey 02-Jun-20 21:29
What costs more? 53 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:08
Hmmmm. #3 68 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:09
Re: What costs more? 57 Audrey 03-Jun-20 18:22
Re: What costs more? 39 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:36
Re: What costs more? 62 Audrey 03-Jun-20 20:19
Re: What costs more? 42 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 21:10
Re: What costs more? 35 Audrey 04-Jun-20 01:08
Re: What costs more? 44 OCaptain 04-Jun-20 12:29
Re: What costs more? 41 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:20
More obtuseness from Dumbalina 58 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 45 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:02
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 72 Archaic 02-Jun-20 09:30
It's not the corporate media 47 drrayeye 02-Jun-20 19:11
Re: It's not the corporate media 46 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:14
Re: It's not the corporate media 50 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 20:17
Re: It's not the corporate media 47 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:29
Re: It's not the corporate media 64 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 20:47
Re: It's not the corporate media 44 OCaptain 03-Jun-20 13:01
Re: It's not the corporate media 47 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:19
Re: It's not the corporate media 47 Audrey 02-Jun-20 20:35
Audrey 51 Warwick 02-Jun-20 20:38
Warwick 57 Sirfiroth 02-Jun-20 21:33
Re: Warwick 48 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 21:59
Re: Warwick 47 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:16
Re: Warwick 48 Archaic 04-Jun-20 12:14
Your thesis 43 drrayeye 04-Jun-20 18:10
Re: Your thesis 58 eli stills 04-Jun-20 18:18
Re: Your thesis 36 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:26
Re: Your thesis 53 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 19:06
Re: Your thesis 46 Warwick 04-Jun-20 19:52
Re: Your thesis 42 eli stills 04-Jun-20 20:36
Re: It's not the corporate media 52 Aine 03-Jun-20 00:29
Re: It's not the corporate media 51 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 00:54
Re: It's not the corporate media 62 Archaic 04-Jun-20 12:07
Dumb and unthinking "lefties" 47 drrayeye 04-Jun-20 18:14
Find the joke 42 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:32
Re: Find the joke 58 Aine 04-Jun-20 18:45
Re: Find the joke 36 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:47
Re: Find the joke 45 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 18:50
Re: Find the joke 55 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:54
Re: Find the joke 46 Aine 04-Jun-20 18:52
Re: Dumb and unthinking "lefties" 45 Archaic 04-Jun-20 20:32
Re: It's not the corporate media 43 Warwick 04-Jun-20 18:29
Re: It's not the corporate media 73 OCaptain 03-Jun-20 13:05
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 49 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 19:25
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 50 Warwick 02-Jun-20 19:46
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 48 eli stills 02-Jun-20 21:27
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 49 WhoWeird 02-Jun-20 21:29
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 53 Audrey 02-Jun-20 21:36
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 44 eli stills 03-Jun-20 00:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 46 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 00:17
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 45 eli stills 03-Jun-20 00:33
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 47 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 00:51
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 49 Audrey 03-Jun-20 18:03
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 58 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 18:44
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 58 Audrey 03-Jun-20 20:24
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 37 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 21:08
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 39 eli stills 04-Jun-20 00:55
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 41 Audrey 04-Jun-20 01:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 39 eli stills 04-Jun-20 01:31
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 43 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 01:34
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 54 eli stills 04-Jun-20 02:10
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 40 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 02:15
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 45 Lee McGiffen 05-Jun-20 12:56
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 33 eli stills 05-Jun-20 15:53
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 43 Audrey 04-Jun-20 01:07
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 37 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 01:25
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 43 eli stills 04-Jun-20 01:44
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 60 OCaptain 03-Jun-20 13:08
Me too 53 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:28
Re: Me too 63 Lee McGiffen 05-Jun-20 12:59
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 54 Archaic 02-Jun-20 21:43
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 66 eli stills 03-Jun-20 00:30
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 38 Warwick 03-Jun-20 18:22
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 52 molder 03-Jun-20 10:34
I Have Good News 71 WhoWeird 03-Jun-20 17:14
Re: I Have Good News 42 drrayeye 04-Jun-20 04:01
Re: I Have Good News 47 WhoWeird 04-Jun-20 11:55
Re: Has America lost its Marbles?? 62 ocka 04-Jun-20 18:00


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