Ludwig posted a page with a video of Rachel Maddow commenting on the hermetically sealed world of the far right wing media. A number of people commented that it seemed almost a sign of mental illness how the lies are created and propagated.
That made me think of a book I read many years ago: Snapping: America’s Epidemic of Sudden Personality Change. It was about how the cults work, and it what had I regard as a very important concept: Information Disease. I wrote an essay a few years ago on that concept. Note: Although the essay is work safe the site it is on is not.
I think Information Disease is the most accurate description of the malady affecting the Tea Partiers and their cohorts. I also believe it is spreading.