What Went Wrong with Conservatism?

Shay Khatiri on two important pieces of the puzzle: mindless anti-leftism and hackish popularizers.


Lord help us…

I’m sure you have a friend who likes to share Christian memes or, if not memes, images making sure you know where they stand on politics. Maybe they’re big fans of the Babylon Bee.

Here’s an interesting report from Relevant Magazine:

19 of Facebook’s top 20 pages for American Christians are run by Eastern European troll farms overseas, internal documents leaked to MIT Technology Review reveal. The data shows the vast spread of Facebook misinformation is largely powered by coordinated efforts among foreign professionals working together to spread provocative content in the U.S.

These groups, based largely in Kosovo and Macedonia, have been particularly successful when it comes to targeting American Christians. Though they split their efforts among multiple pages, they are mostly operated by the same groups. Collectively, their Christian Facebook pages reach about 75 million users a month — an audience 20 times the size of the next largest Christian Facebook page.

Not to get all religious on you as a Catholic, but I am thinking of Matthew 6:6, which instructs:

But when you pray, go to your inner room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

Put another way: Don’t wear your faith on your sleeve on Facebook.

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What Went Wrong with Conservatism?

SHAY KHATIRI: Two important pieces of the puzzle: mindless anti-leftism and hackish popularizers.

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