"An Explosive Combination" How Conspiracy Theories Threaten Our Society

The coronavirus pandemic has provided a recent shot in the arm to conspiracy theorists of all stripes. DER SPIEGEL spoke with conspiracy theory expert Michael Butter about the dangers such ideas pose to our democracy and how to convince adherents that they are wrong.
Interview Conducted By Katja Thimm
Protesters against the measures taken to contain the coronavirus in Berlin: "They cannot be reached with rational arguments."

Protesters against the measures taken to contain the coronavirus in Berlin: "They cannot be reached with rational arguments."

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About Michael Butter
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DER SPIEGEL 38/2020
The twin towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001

The twin towers of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001

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