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COVID conspiracists are often decent human beings. That's why it's so hard to talk them down

By Myke Bartlett
Updated November 26 2021 - 3:15am, first published November 23 2021 - 6:25pm
Protesters march to oppose pandemic legislation being tabled in the Victorian Parliament on Saturday in Melbourne. Picture: Getty Images

The images from Melbourne this past week have been stark. Watching "freedom" protestors string up nooses from lampposts, it can be hard to think of COVID conspiracists as belonging to the same planet, let alone the same civil society. How can we understand people who behave in ways beyond understanding?

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