Manufactured Outrage: The Business of Fear

11/4/2016 - Professor of History Kathryn Olmsted in the National Post.

A Trump victory introduces risk and uncertainty into the market and the VIX has climbed 54 per cent since Oct. 25, and has posted the longest streak of gains since those seen leading up to the U.K.’s vote to leave the European Union.

Of course, not everyone who buys a rifle or keeps a water purifier in the basement believes in the imminent collapse of society. But Kathryn Olmsted, a professor of history at the University of California, Davis, and an expert on conspiracy theories, said it is no coincidence that alt-right thinking is influencing both consumption trends and a presidential candidate right now.

“It’s eight years of a black Democratic president,” Olmsted said. “Now the Democratic candidate is a woman. And the Clintons inspired so many conspiracy theories in the ’90s that the whole thing is just spinning out of control.”

Read the full story in the National Post.