Conspiracy theories are more rampant than ever. Can they be stopped?

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Americans’ beliefs about politics are as inaccurate and bizarre as ever. Is there a way to fix that?

The other week, Donald Trump was upstaged at a campaign rally in Florida, not by Representative Ron DeSantis, for whom the rally was ostensibly held, and not by some rowdy supporters, and not by the media. No, Trump was eclipsed by an alleged shadowy figure named Q – a person at the heart of the “QAnon” conspiracy theory, which holds, among other things, that special counsel Robert Mueller is not actually investigating Russian election interference, but rather top Democrats’ involvement in a variety of criminal enterprises, including child sex trafficking.

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