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The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism - The New York Times
First came a now-infamous comment by President Trump, suggesting that Sweden’s history of welcoming refugees was at the root of a violent attack in Rinkeby the previous evening, even though nothing had actually happened.

“You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden!” Mr. Trump told supporters at a rally on Feb. 18, 2017. “They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible.”
Trump  conspiracy  immigration  pol.508  Violence_y_Power  Power_in_America  Power_materials 
17 days ago by Jibarosoy
Opinion | Epstein Suicide Conspiracies Show How Our Information System Is Poisoned - The New York Times
Within minutes, Trump appointees, Fox Business hosts and Twitter pundits revived a decades-old conspiracy theory, linking the Clinton family to supposedly suspicious deaths. #ClintonBodyCount and #ClintonCrimeFamily trended on Twitter. Around the same time, an opposite hashtag — #TrumpBodyCount — emerged, focused on President Trump’s decades-old ties to Mr. Epstein. Each hashtag was accompanied by GIFs and memes picturing Mr. Epstein with the Clintons or with Mr. Trump to serve as a viral accusation of foul play.
conspiracy  Trump  Pol._120  Power_in_America  Power_materials 
17 days ago by Jibarosoy
How the El Paso Killer Echoed the Incendiary Words of Conservative Media Stars - The New York Times
There is a striking degree of overlap between the words of right-wing media personalities and the language used by the Texas man who confessed to killing 22 people at a Walmart in El Paso this month. In a 2,300-word screed posted on the website 8chan, the killer wrote that he was “simply defending my country from cultural and ethnic replacement brought on by an invasion.”

It remains unclear what, or who, ultimately shaped the views of the white, 21-year-old gunman, or whether he was aware of the media commentary. But his post contains numerous references to “invasion” and cultural “replacement” — ideas that, until recently, were relegated to the fringes of the nationalist right.
Trump  pol.508  conspiracy  Passions  Pol._120  Power_in_America  Power_materials 
17 days ago by Jibarosoy
The CIA's Secret Heart Attack Gun | Military.com
A CIA secret weapon used for assassination shoots a small poison dart to cause a heart attack, as explained in Congressional testimony in the video. The dart from this secret CIA weapon can penetrate clothing and leave nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin. On penetration of the deadly dart, the individual targeted for assassination may feel as if bitten by a mosquito, or they may not feel anything at all. The poisonous dart completely disintegrates upon entering the target. The lethal poison then rapidly enters the bloodstream causing a heart attack. Once the damage is done, the poison denatures quickly, so that an autopsy is very unlikely to detect that the heart attack resulted from anything other than natural causes. Sounds like the perfect James Bond weapon, doesn't it? Yet this is all verifiable in Congressional testimony. The astonishing information about this secret weapon of the CIA comes from U.S. Senate testimony in 1975 on rogue activities of the CIA. This weapon is only one of many James Bond-like discoveries of the Church Committee hearings, officially known as the United States Senate Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence activities.
conspiracy  Pol._120  Power_in_America  Violence_y_Power  manipulation  intelligence 
5 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
Conspiracy Theories by Talley Fenn on Prezi
How Do They Spread?
List of Conspiracy Theories
Conspiracy Theories That Turned
Out To Be True
What is a Conspiracy Theory?
A conspiracy theory is a theory that explains an event or set of circumstances as the result of a secret plot by usually powerful conspirators.
("Conspiracy Theory." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/conspiracy%2520theory>.).
conspiracy  Pol._120  Power_in_America  Teaching  Learning  truth  manipulation 
5 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
FBI document warns conspiracy theories are a new domestic terrorism threat
The FBI for the first time has identified fringe conspiracy theories as a domestic terrorist threat, according to a previously unpublicized document obtained by Yahoo News. (Read the document below.)

The FBI intelligence bulletin from the bureau’s Phoenix field office, dated May 30, 2019, describes “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists,” as a growing threat, and notes that it is the first such report to do so. It lists a number of arrests, including some that haven’t been publicized, related to violent incidents motivated by fringe beliefs.

The document specifically mentions QAnon, a shadowy network that believes in a deep state conspiracy against President Trump, and Pizzagate, the theory that a pedophile ring including Clinton associates was being run out of the basement of a Washington, D.C., pizza restaurant (which didn’t actually have a basement).
Pol._120  conspiracy  Power_in_America  Trump  Violence_y_Power  racism 
6 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
Pseudoscience And Conspiracy Theory Are Not Victimless Crimes Against Science | IFLScience
The truth is that in science there are no authorities. There are experts at most, and even their opinions can be challenged by anyone – so long as there’s evidence to back up the argument. When some people are taken as “authorities” and their claims, however wacky, believed, then the subsequent decisions that millions of people may take could harm them or even bring a premature end to their lives.

If that sounds outlandish, consider two “wellness” bloggers from Australia. Belle Gibson punted her wholefood recipes and alternative therapies (available as a book and smartphone app) as a “natural” weapon in her fight against cancer – a cancer she later admitted she’d entirely fabricated. Or Jessica Ainscough, the Wellness Warrior, whose very real sarcoma was not hindered by the “natural healing” pseudoscience she advocated on her blog. Ainscough died in February 2015.

Cancer is terrifying for those facing it and their families. What some of these “wellness” bloggers do whether misguided or for the sake of personal profit is not only an insult to these people and those that have lost loved ones to the disease, but also an irresponsible act.
Pol._120  conspiracy  Power_in_America  Power_materials  Psychology  Passions  reasoning  Science 
8 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
QAnon and the Emergence of the Unreal · Journal of Design and Science
A world in which we are constantly questioning is a world that demands endless effort to navigate. It becomes exhausting to follow the news, to understand political developments, to navigate whether a set of facts is believable or is a manifestation of someone’s agenda. A logical response to this rise in unreality is to tune out and sit instead on the sidelines. Another response is to cede agency to those who thrive in this climate of unreality, leaders like Putin and Trump, who seem perfectly adapted to this space.

The main byproduct of unreality is doubt, and doubt is dangerous. Doubt makes it difficult to organize—to demand a change—because movements for change require a set of people to agree on a problem and a possible solution. We know from Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway in Merchants of Doubt that the strategies employed by tobacco companies about the harms of their product or oil companies about anthropogenic climate change were not designed to sway audiences to the corporate narrative, but to generate sufficient doubt to paralyze effective action. As long as there is doubt it is difficult to reach consensus and to move forward. The merchants of doubt wield their product like a weapon, and the primary product of unreality is perpetual paralysis.
Pol._120  conspiracy  Power_in_America  Power_materials  Psychology  Trump  Passions  reasoning 
8 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
“Everybody can be a sucker”: Marc Maron and Lynn Shelton on conspiracy theories - Vox
Sword of Trust is a movie about conspiracy theories, but it’s not a thriller or a pedantic documentary. It stars Marc Maron — who’s garnered raves for his performance in the Netflix series GLOW and is well known for his popular interview podcast WTF with Marc Maron — as Mel, a pawnshop owner in Birmingham with an assistant named Nathaniel (Jon Bass). One day, a couple (played by Jillian Bell and Michaela Watkins) walk in with a sword that one of the women inherited from her senile grandfather.

At first they all mistrust one another, but eventually the group concocts a plan to make up a story about the sword and sell it to a group of conspiracy theorists who make YouTube videos arguing that the Civil War was actually “secretly” won by the Confederacy, and seek artifacts that “prove” it.

It’s a funny setup, but it’s also more than that. Director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Laggies) relies on improvisation to make her movies, and her collaborative process means her characters feel very organic — like people you might pass on the street, rather than actors playing a part. In Sword of Trust, the result is a darkly funny story about people who are trying to find something to believe in, whether it’s zany theories propagated on the internet, or love and friendship that makes life worth living.
Pol._120  conspiracy  Trump  Power_in_America  Power_materials  Psychology  Passions  reasoning 
8 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
We tell ourselves conspiracy theories in order to live | The Outline
A conspiracy theory is an attempt to force a story on a set of disparate, though often distantly related facts and observations. But the real world is not a narrative, not a clever mystery to be unraveled by amateur detectives. Every baroque edifice of conspiracy rests upon a foundational belief that there is a singular truth that diligent investigation will reveal, even if the shape of that truth branches and swirls in an infinite fractal. What this mindset cannot accept is that there may be many simple truths for many disturbing facts, but no single, manifest, capital-T Truth, no secret cabal, and no guiding hand.
Pol._120  conspiracy  Power_in_America  Power_materials  Psychology  teaching_pol_theory 
8 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
19 conspiracy theories Donald Trump has endorsed - Business Insider
Throughout the 2016 campaign and while in the White House, Trump has floated theories fueled by the conspiratorial-minded corners of supermarket tabloids and the internet, something unprecedented in modern politics. He's often used them as weapons against his opponents.
conspiracy  Pol._120  Power_materials  state  Trump  Psychology  manipulation  Passions  reasoning  myth 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
The Language of Conspiracy Theories in Online Discussions
Conspiracy theories are omnipresent in online discussions—whether to explain a late-breaking event that still lacks official report or to give voice to political dissent. Conspiracy theories evolve, multiply, and interconnect, further complicating efforts to limit their propagation. It is therefore crucial to develop scalable methods to examine the nature of conspiratorial discussions in online communities. What do users talk about when they discuss conspiracy theories online? What are the recurring elements in their discussions? What do these elements tell us about the way users think? This work answers these questions by analyzing over ten years of discussions in r/conspiracy—an online community on Reddit dedicated to conspiratorial discussions. We focus on the key elements of a conspiracy theory: the conspiratorial agents, the actions they perform, and their targets. By computationally detecting agent–action–target triplets in conspiratorial statements, and grouping them into semantically coherent clusters, we develop a notion of narrative-motif to detect recurring patterns of triplets. For example, a narrative-motif such as “governmental agency–controls–communications” appears in diverse conspiratorial statements alleging that governmental agencies control information to nefarious ends. Thus, narrative-motifs expose commonalities between multiple conspiracy theories even when they refer to different events or circumstances. In the process, these representations help us understand how users talk about conspiracy theories and offer us a means to interpret what they talk about. Our approach enables a population-scale study of conspiracy theories in alternative news and social media with implications for understanding their adoption and combating their spread.
conspiracy  Power_materials  Pol._120  state  Psychology  Passions  reasoning  Language  online 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
Social exclusion leads to conspiratorial thinking, study finds
New research may show why so many were willing to believe exaggerated and misleading reports. According to a Princeton University study published in the Journal of Experimental and Social Psychology, social exclusion leads to conspiratorial thinking.

The two-part analysis — which did not specifically investigate Trump supporters, but two random samples of people — found that the feelings of despair brought on by social exclusion can cause people to seek meaning in miraculous stories, which may not necessarily be true.

Such conspiratorial thinking leads to a dangerous cycle, said co-lead author Alin Coman, assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton. When those with conspiratorial ideas share their beliefs, it can drive away family and friends, triggering even more exclusion. This may lead them to join conspiracy theory communities where they feel welcome, which in turn will further entrench their beliefs.
conspiracy  Pol._120  Power_materials  state  Psychology  MINDSET  loneliness 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
Why your brain loves conspiracy theories - Big Think
Engaging in conspiracy theory thinking allows us to make some sense of uncertainty, often spinning a tale that has little basis in facts. A large number of people is still convinced that we don’t know who really killed JFK or that Obama is a Muslim and some secret group is controlling the world. Why are these ideas believed? Largely, because they allow people to explain why the world around them is not what they want, ruled by forces beyond their control. If my life is not working out or the people around me on the street don’t do what I want or don’t look how I’d like them, it’s easier to imagine that there is a group or entity out there making that happen. Something totally beyond my control.
conspiracy  Pol._120  Power_materials  Psychology  myth  Passions  reasoning 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
How You Could Fall Victim To Conspiracy Theories | HuffPost Life
It works like this: You feel socially excluded and begin believing conspiracy theories. Endorsing those theories, unsurprisingly, prompts your family and friends to exclude you even more. You’re left out again and again, so you double down on your conspiratorial beliefs.
The final stage of the cycle: You seek out a like-minded community that accepts and reinforces your conspiratorial beliefs.
“At that point they become unchangeable,” Study author Alin Coman, assistant professor of psychology and public affairs at Princeton University, told The Huffington Post.
“Social exclusion leads to search for meaning,” Coman continued. “We believe that this search for meaning ‘overshoots’ in a way that makes people assign meaning to situations that are highly ambiguous and meaningless.”
Latino  war  conspiracy  Power_materials  Pol._120  MINDSET  myth  Passions  reasoning 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
Conspiracy Theories Abound. Here’s How to Curb Their Allure.
To Wang, the three studies showed that conspiratorial thinking is something that can be changed. If you can increase conspiracy proneness by removing personal control, it stands to reason “you can actually shift someone’s mindset so they see fewer conspiracies,” she says.
That’s a heartening finding in a world where conspiracies are flourishing. For example, Wang and her coauthors suggest that government organizations such as the Centers for Disease Control can increase public trust by promoting messages that emphasize the ways individuals have control over their health outcomes.
In future research, Wang hopes to understand the downstream effects of conspiratorial thinking. Are people who believe in conspiracy theories more prone to aggression, for instance?
She also wants to study people’s ability to distinguish real and false conspiracies. Skepticism of powerful institutions is healthy and sometimes warranted: after all, Richard Nixon really was behind the Watergate break-in.
“Are people able to tell actual conspiracies from fake conspiracies?” Wang wonders. Particularly in the age of “fake news,” if people could detect authentic abuses of power, “that would be a big thing that would help society.”
conspiracy  Power_materials  Psychology  MINDSET  Latino  war  Pol._120  Passions  reasoning 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
What Does This Professor Know About Conspiracy Theorists That We Don’t? - The Chronicle of Higher Education
I teach a course on conspiracy theories, and one of the exercises is that I have them design their own conspiracy theory. I tell them, "The crazier the better." Some of them involve, like, "Donald Trump is a robot." All sorts of weird things. Then they go to the internet and get all the evidence they could, and sort of string it together. And by the time they’re done they have a fairly convincing case.

And then they had to switch with another student, who would then debunk it and tear it to shreds. When the student who made up the conspiracy theory had a chance to respond to the debunker, a lot of times they were offended, even knowing that they made it up.
Power_materials  Pol._120  conspiracy  political_theory  Latino  war  state  Trump  Psychology  myth 
9 weeks ago by Jibarosoy
Why Secret Societies Can Help You Craft a Better Story - Sterling & Stone
There’s something so primally fascinating in all of that. It’s mysterious and we as readers or viewers, we want to tap into that mystery. We want to be a part of it. We want to share in the experience.

People love the idea of secret societies because if you have them in your story, it makes those people feel like they’re part of something special.
Pol._120  Power_materials  conspiracy  fiction  writing  Psychology 
april 2019 by Jibarosoy
The Plot to Subvert an Election: Unraveling the Russia Story So Far - The New York Times
But to travel back to 2016 and trace the major plotlines of the Russian attack is to underscore what we now know with certainty: The Russians carried out a landmark intervention that will be examined for decades to come. Acting on the personal animus of Mr. Putin, public and private instruments of Russian power moved with daring and skill to harness the currents of American politics. Well-connected Russians worked aggressively to recruit or influence people inside the Trump campaign.

To many Americans, the intervention seemed to be a surprise attack, a stealth cyberage Pearl Harbor, carried out by an inexplicably sinister Russia. For Mr. Putin, however, it was long-overdue payback, a justified response to years of “provocations” from the United States.
Trump  Russians  Violence_y_Power  intelligence  Power_in_America  GOP  conspiracy  international 
september 2018 by Jibarosoy
The Conspiracy Memo About Obama Aides That Circulated in the Trump White House | Portside
Fisher is described as having “heavily advocated” for the Iran deal and “placed himself at the service of Rhodes’ ‘Eco-chamber,’ ” while Mitchell is at one point identified as being a “vessel for Rhodes’ ‘eco-chamber.’ ” The reporters disputed that characterization. “It’s my first time hearing of this, and it’s obviously ridiculous,” Mitchell said. Fisher, who described the effort as “weird and misguided,” said, “I don't really understand what they were hoping to accomplish.” In an e-mail, Goldberg added, “This is one of the stupider conspiracy theories circulating through a city currently drowning in stupid conspiracy theories.”
Trump  Political  News  Media  Iran  conspiracy  Power_in_America  fear  Leadership 
august 2018 by Jibarosoy
QAnon: Meet a real-life believer in the online, pro-Trump conspiracy theory that’s bursting into view - The Washington Post
Burton came to believe this, or at least most of it — “I don’t believe 100 percent of anything,” he told me — when he saw a post on Twitter in December of last year about someone or something operating under the alias “Q,” plotting a “countercoup of the clear coup that was underway.”

“I was just mildly interested,” Burton told me. “You know, with anything, my bullsh– detectors are up. And I always assume something is bullsh– until you sort through it, and you realize it is or isn’t, connect dots with things you know.”

There have been only a few other online theories, he said, that have piqued his interest. “Here and here,” he said. “Nothing like this.”

QAnon just struck him as immensely logical, he said: “Sometimes the best ideas are the most obvious.” 

His method of political analysis, he said, is akin to the way he reads the Bible. “I don’t listen to what churches and priests interpret. I go to the most direct translation and read directly Jesus’ words and what Jesus did.”
Trump  conspiracy  state  Violence_y_Power  Power_in_America  data  truth  Passions  reasoning 
august 2018 by Jibarosoy
A Guide to QAnon, the New King of Right-Wing Conspiracy Theories - VICE
The Storm
This phrase stems from a cryptic October 8 musing from President Trump while he was surrounded by military brass at a photo opp. Trump opined that the relatively uneventful moment was “the calm before the storm.” This, of course, prompted the journos on hand to press the president about what that meant. He offered no further explanation other than an equally cryptic “you’ll find out.”

While Trump, a known bullshitter, was clearly just pulling generic vaguely-intimidating phrases from his ass to sound cool, this moment resonated with Q, clearly inspiring his initial /pol post a couple of weeks later.

Bakers have since come to regard the Storm as the overarching heroic operation being carried out by Trump et al to take down the deep state villains, liberal pedophile rings, and all the money-loving globalists/Jews working behind the scenes to oppress the hapless average American.

Bakers find proof of the Storm’s effects and validity with every news article where any sort of human trafficker or child predator is apprehended. Thwarting pedophiles, an ongoing mission ferried over from the less organized Pizzagate era of right-wing conspiracy theorizing, seems to be a borderline fetish for this crowd.
Trump  conspiracy  state  Power_in_America  Violence_y_Power  Passions  reasoning 
august 2018 by Jibarosoy
Why QAnon is so scary - The Washington Post
One explanation has to do with the on-the-ground reality of this presidency. Perhaps the men and women who buy into this gibberish aren’t so confident that they’re in charge at all. The special counsel looks ever closer to proving ties between Trump and Russia and, in the meantime, Trump appears more erratic. If he really is under investigation and not just pretending to be, all his supporters’ hopes evaporate.

But this anxiety also ties into a more amorphous sense among these voters that, though the Republican Party controls Congress and the executive, the country is still rigged against them. Trumpism has always been about insecurity: As a candidate, the president played on the paranoia of Americans who thought the country they knew was being taken away from them — by immigrants, by an overreaching government, by adversaries overseas.
Trump  conspiracy  Power_in_America  Violence_y_Power  Passions  reasoning 
august 2018 by Jibarosoy
WTF Is QAnon? 'Pizzagate On Bath Salts' Gets National Attention At Tampa Trump Rally: Gothamist
Will Sommer in The Daily Beast writes "In an effort to break this cabal’s grip, according to Q, the military convinced Trump to run for president. Now Trump and his allies in the military are poised to arrest all these wrongdoers, shipping many of them off to Guantanamo Bay." QAnon believers call the forthcoming purge "The Storm," and claim Trump referenced it when he cryptically alluded to 'the calm before the storm' while posing for photos with military brass in October.
QAnon members also believe Trump pretended to collude with Russia so that Robert Mueller would be appointed special counsel and expose those evil Democrats for all their wrongdoings. Meanwhile, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and George Soros are planning a coordinated comeback, while John McCain and Huma Abedin secretly wear ankle tracking bracelets.
conspiracy  Trump  Power_in_America  class  Passions  reasoning  myth 
august 2018 by Jibarosoy
How America Went Haywire - The Atlantic
Each of us is on a spectrum somewhere between the poles of rational and irrational. We all have hunches we can’t prove and superstitions that make no sense. Some of my best friends are very religious, and others believe in dubious conspiracy theories. What’s problematic is going overboard—letting the subjective entirely override the objective; thinking and acting as if opinions and feelings are just as true as facts. The American experiment, the original embodiment of the great Enlightenment idea of intellectual freedom, whereby every individual is welcome to believe anything she wishes, has metastasized out of control. From the start, our ultra-individualism was attached to epic dreams, sometimes epic fantasies—every American one of God’s chosen people building a custom-made utopia, all of us free to reinvent ourselves by imagination and will. In America nowadays, those more exciting parts of the Enlightenment idea have swamped the sober, rational, empirical parts.
conspiracy  Pol._120  Pol._147  Power_in_America  Passions  reasoning  teaching_pol_theory 
july 2018 by Jibarosoy
the dark side of meaning making
This paper tests a meaning-making model of conspiratorial thinking by considering how one's search for mean- ing mediates between social exclusion and the endorsement of conspiratorial (Study 1) and superstitious (Study 2) beliefs. In Study 1, participants first wrote about a self-selected personal event that involved a social interac- tion, they then indicated how socially excluded they felt after the event, and, finally, they rated their endorse- ment of three well-known conspiracy theories. In Study 2, participants were randomly assigned to a Social Inclusion, a Social Exclusion, or a Control condition, after which they indicated the association between improb- able events in three scenarios. In addition, both studies mechanistically tested the relation between social exclu- sion and conspiratorial/superstitious thinking by measuring the participants' tendency to search for meaning. Both Study 1 (correlational) and Study 2 (experimental) offer support for the hypothesis that social exclusion is associated with superstitious/conspiratorial beliefs. One's search for meaning, correlational analyses revealed, mediated this relation. We discuss the implication of the findings for community-wide belief dynamics and we propose that social inclusion could be used to diminish the dissemination of superstitious beliefs and conspiracy theories.
conspiracy  Passions  reasoning  Pol._120  Pol._147  Power_in_America  teaching_pol_theory 
july 2018 by Jibarosoy
The Psychology of Conspiracy Theories
We review the current research and find that it answers the first of these questions more thoroughly than the second. Belief in conspiracy theories appears to be driven by motives that can be characterized as epistemic (understanding one’s environment), existential (being safe and in control of one’s environment), and social (maintaining a positive image of the self and the social group). However, little research has investigated the consequences of conspiracy belief, and to date, this research does not indicate that conspiracy belief fulfills people’s motivations. Instead, for many people, conspiracy belief may be more appealing than satisfying.
conspiracy  Pol._120  Pol._147  Passions  Power_in_America  teaching_pol_theory 
july 2018 by Jibarosoy
Lacking control drives false conclusions, conspiracy theories and superstitions
Control and security are vital parts of our psychological well-being and it goes without saying that losing them can feel depressing or scary. As such, people have strategies for trying to regain a sense control even if it’s a tenuous one. Jennifer Whitson and Adam Galinsky from the University of Texas have found that one such strategy is to identify coherent and meaningful relationships between things we observe.

These patterns can help us to make sense of past events and predict future ones, affording us a degree of control over our fates, albeit an indirect one. We can’t change the weather, for example, but if we can tell when it’s going to rain, we can be prepared. At the more extreme end, conspiracy theories can help the bewildered to make sense of otherwise unconnected events. And explaining random events by invoking superstitions or higher beings can help to bring reality’s many possibilities within one’s understanding, if not under one’s heel.
conspiracy  Pol._120  Pol._147  Leadership  Passions  teaching_pol_theory  Power_in_America 
july 2018 by Jibarosoy
My Journey to the Center of the Alt-Right - The Huffington Post
White nationalists rejoiced. Most realized that the chances of Trump being a true believer were slim, but he sounded more like one of them than any major presidential candidate in their lifetimes. They’d been laboring for years to widen the Overton window—a term for the range of acceptable political discussion—and now Trump had put his fist through the damn thing. “Trump has opened up space for a new kind of discourse,” Spencer told me. “He’s opened up space for talking about nationalism.”
racism  state  GOP  latino  war  proposal  violence_y_power  power  politics  conservative  conspiracy  latino_war 
november 2016 by Jibarosoy
The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race | TIME
Rather than uniting to face the real foe—do-nothing politicians, legislators, and others in power—we fall into the trap of turning against each other, expending our energy battling our allies instead of our enemies. This isn’t just inclusive of race and political parties, it’s also about gender. In her book Unspeakable Things: Sex, Lies and Revolution, Laurie Penny suggests that the decreased career opportunities for young men in society makes them feel less valuable to females; as a result they deflect their rage from those who caused the problem to those who also suffer the consequences: females.
violence_y_power  power_in_america  inequality  racism  conspiracy  latino  war  proposal  latino_war 
august 2014 by Jibarosoy
Tamerlan Tsarnaev: 21st century conspiracist - Salon.com
We already knew that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the apparent mastermind of the Boston Marathon bombing, “took an interest in Infowars,” the website run by conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, but now the BBC’s investigative program Panorama reports that Tsarnaev had literature espousing all manner of anti-government conspiracy theories and even white supremacism. After a months-long investigation into the bombing, including exclusive interviews with friends of Tamerlan and his brother Dzhokhar, Panorama found that Tsarnaev had articles claiming that both 9/11 and the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing were perpetrated by the government, while another warned about “the rape of our gun rights.” The brother also subscribed to publications espousing white supremacy, including one that stated that “Hitler had a point.”
power_in_america  terrorism  conspiracy  pol  120  violence_y_power 
august 2013 by Jibarosoy

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