A Conspiracy Theory Worth Considering

People look at their smartphones in lower Manhattan, May 8, 2019. (Mike Segar/Reuters)
A novel substance has been introduced into the human environment, to insidious effect. Let me explain.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T his sounds dumb and almost conspiratorial, but I just want to say it: I suspect that the general sense of unease and panic in our politics is partly a physical and hormonal reaction to a novel substance introduced into the human environment by giant and somewhat nefarious corporations.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m a bit of a weirdo and faddist. I occasionally relieve stress by lying in a sensory-deprivation tank. I don’t like to diet to lose weight; I prefer extreme fasting. I write my columns for National Review at a standing desk. I’m too embarrassed to even


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