Jeremy Corbyn and the Contagion of Conspiracy Theories

British MP Jeremy Corbyn, who is favored to become leader of the Labour Party, has an older brother. Piers Corbyn is a shaggy, mad-scientist version of his better-known sibling. Early on, he, too, was a Labour Party activist, but Piers has spent most of his life examining weather and climate patterns. He owns a business called WeatherAction, which uses a proprietary method to generate weather forecasts. Piers Corbyn is also a zealous conspiracy theorist. His Twitter timeline is a storm path littered with the debris of conspiracist concerns: Israeli brutality, 9/11 Truth, “chemtrails,” HAARP and an abiding […]

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