I'd like to especially thank him for this little video clip, apparently from a documentary I haven't seen called (Astro) Turf Wars.
It has been obvious for years that this is going on. For every person who votes corporate-libertarian out of conviction there are twenty who do so out of a perverse sense of identification. (Perverse, because in the end they are identifying with and voting with the people most actively damaging their conservative, rural communities.) A crucial part of this is voting in solidarity with one's peers and neighbors. So an illusion that one's peers and neighbors holds a certain opinion is a self-fulfilling prophesy.
We've all seen how discussions of climate on newspapers or special interest websites are immediately swamped by denialist nonsense. This reinforces the bullshit about an "elite" trying to manipulate the masses. The lie goes round the world before the truth puts its boots on, and that is because people are encouraged to lie. And how it works at the grass roots has to be something like this:
What else could it possibly have been?
It is nice to finally see some evidence emerging, though. Add the evidence of this video to sockpuppetgate and diggpot dome.
The question that remains is how to fight back against this lie. The population is genuinely angry, but their anger is being stirred against the wrong people.