I recently finished reading Sebastian Junger, Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging (New York: Hatchett Book Group, 2016).
One of the points made late in the book brought our discussions in Metabunk to mind (my emphasis):
(125-126)I know what coming back to America from a war zone is like because I’ve done it so many times. First there is a kind of shock at the level of comfort and affluence that we enjoy, but that is followed by the dismal realization that we live in a society that is basically at war with itself. People speak with incredible contempt about—depending on their views—the rich, the poor, the educated, the foreign-born, the president, or the entire US government. It’s a level of contempt that is usually reserved for enemies in wartime, except now it’s applied to our fellow citizens. Unlike criticism, contempt is particularly toxic because it assumes a moral superiority in the speaker.
And, just to clarify, I don't mean our contempt, but the attitudes that tend to influence discussions of conspiracies in general.