CNN Attributes ‘Mainstreaming Of Conspiracy Theories’ To Rise In U.S. Hate Groups

Sincere "Hate" messageWhile “hate groups” undoubtedly can be a problem for a civil society, I believe this article is awfully biased against those who are rationally weary of Big Gov.

CNN reports:

The number of radical right groups in America — including hate groups, “Patriot” groups and nativist groups — increased in 2010 for the second year in a row, according to a report by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The organization’s quarterly publication, Intelligence Report, said the growth was “driven by resentment over the changing racial demographics of the country, frustration over the government’s handling of the economy, and the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories and other demonizing propaganda aimed at various minorities.”

The SPLC documented 1,002 hate groups operating in the United States in 2010, a 7.5% increase from the year before. It was the first time that more than 1,000 hate groups were recorded since the organization started tracking them in the 1980s.

But the biggest growth was in so-called “Patriot” groups, which the organization described as conspiracy-minded groups that see the federal government as their primary enemy. There were 300 new groups like this, an increase of more than 60% from the year before, the report said. A lot of the growth in the Patriot groups came from an increase in the number of militias recorded.

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37 Responses to CNN Attributes ‘Mainstreaming Of Conspiracy Theories’ To Rise In U.S. Hate Groups

  1. Andrew February 24, 2011 at 11:57 am #

    Does this mean that I, being a Disnifo commenter, belong to a hate group?

    • Chaorder Gradient February 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      You’re a Disnympho commenter? Hating on all the nymphos in the world? Its not like they hurt anybody geez

    • Liam_McGonagle February 24, 2011 at 12:20 pm #

      In my mind’s eye, there’s a difference between fantasy ‘conspiracies’ a la David Ickes or Westboro and transparent lying like Scott Walker or Barack Obama.

      ‘Conspiracy’ theories seem to feed a type of insurmountable hopelessness because they regard the system itself as incapable of producing anything other than lies and misery. They let the actors themselves, the office holders and their toadies, completely off the hook. “Not my sin–the Devil made me do it!”

      And if we’re really honest, we can come up with some relative advantage or some absolute benefit from any economic system. Relative to planned economies, capitalism produces a range of goods and services that are more responsive to the individual desires of the people. But equally true, relative to capitalism, socialism provides a more efficient infrastructure for value-add items that can’t be produced at a sustainable profit. Capitalism makes great video games. Socialism provides the only acceptable health insurance.

      Most stuff is in between. A society has to come together to come to some kind of consensus, even if it is a fluid and sometimes uneasy consensus. The immoral abuse of power by Obama and Walker just makes that harder–and gives conspiracy theorists all the fuel they need.

      The particular brand of conspiracy (i.e., Right Wing / Left Wing, etc. ,etc.) is entirely up to the individual. Facts not being particularly important, they don’t really hinder the conspiracy theories’ credibility.

      • MoralDrift February 24, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

        I mostly agree, but in a way many of the individual actors are relatively innocent, either that or we are all guilty. The machine would churn on even without their approval, they merely sign the paperwork. We all feed the machine and play into it and when it comes down to it, powerful people aren’t that powerful when it comes to real change. Sure they can abuse their position for personal embezzlement, but how many can really effect change? I like the military as an example, sure the Colonels and Generals have nominal power, but how much of what they do is merely conforming with written policy and rubber stamping their approval? If they refuse they are replaced by someone more pliant, and this goes all the way up and down the chain of command. I guess what im trying to say is that unless we pull an Egypt and totally opt out of work or engagement with the system on its terms then we are just as guilty as Scott Walker, he is just trying to please his boss (Koch bros) too.

        • Liam_McGonagle February 24, 2011 at 2:59 pm #

          Well, it seems pretty clear to me that we are ALL guilty . . .

          http://dystopiadiaries.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-unexpiated-sins-that-are-dragging.html

          . . . just to varying degrees. I’m not equating a single uninformed voter to the conscious dissembling bullshit of Scott Walker, but it is the only reason the machine can keep churning.

          We must as a society and as individual constituents thereof accept our moral responsibility. If we don’t, then the Evil will continue apace, unabated, regardless of whatever the nominal system in place. It seems to me a little naive to believe in a system of complete inherent goodness. That’s the central issue.

          Everything else is just juking and jiving.

        • MW420 February 25, 2011 at 12:09 am #

          So lets do THAT. Pull an egypt that is. But I’ll be damned if i only hit the street with a pocket full of rocks n nothin under my shirt.

      • Blair Sadewitz April 30, 2011 at 9:38 am #

        Your assertion that socialism provides the “only acceptable [health care]” (I insert that because who cares about insurance, ultimately, what we need is access to medical _care_) runs contrary to history. First of all, “health insurance” is not really insurance per se:

        http://www.szasz.com/iol23.html

        What is it that you want, access to insurance, or access to healthcare? There are different ways of solving a problem, and the jury’s still out for me, personally. My intuition is that there’s a Gordian Knot here that needs to be cut …

  2. Andrew February 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Does this mean that I, being a Disnifo commenter, belong to a hate group?

  3. Chaorder Gradient February 24, 2011 at 4:01 pm #

    You’re a Disnympho commenter? Hating on all the nymphos in the world? Its not like they hurt anybody geez

  4. Liam_McGonagle February 24, 2011 at 12:09 pm #

    Well, the popularity of conspiracy theories has historically been coorelated to a decrease in the credibility of a public’s institutions. To me, that’s the main thing to take out of this–not that a number of these groups espouse a particularly stupid and violent form of conspiracy theory.

    When empty-headed (and -hearted) blabber-jowls like Mitch McConnell feel writing off as “mere opinion” the CBO’s warning that the Great Millionaire Tax Giveaway of 2010 was a fucking disaster in the making, we as a society are planting the seeds for nutty conspiracy theories. If truth is an entitlement up for grabs, with no particular fixed qualifications, Westboro Church’s opinions are as valid as anyone else’s.

  5. Liam_McGonagle February 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Well, the popularity of conspiracy theories has historically been coorelated to a decrease in the credibility of a public’s institutions. To me, that’s the main thing to take out of this–not that a number of these groups espouse a particularly stupid and violent form of conspiracy theory.

    When empty-headed (and -hearted) blabber-jowls like Mitch McConnell feel writing off as “mere opinion” the CBO’s warning that the Great Millionaire Tax Giveaway of 2010 was a fucking disaster in the making, we as a society are planting the seeds for nutty conspiracy theories. If truth is an entitlement up for grabs, with no particular fixed qualifications, Westboro Church’s opinions are as valid as anyone else’s.

  6. Liam_McGonagle February 24, 2011 at 4:20 pm #

    In my mind’s eye, there’s a difference between fantasy ‘conspiracies’ a la David Ickes or Westboro and transparent lying like Scott Walker or Barack Obama.

    ‘Conspiracy’ theories seem to feed a type of insurmountable hopelessness because they regard the system itself as incapable of producing anything other than lies and misery. They let the actors themselves, the office holders and their toadies, completely off the hook. “Not my sin–the Devil made me do it!”

    And if we’re really honest, we can come up with some relative advantage or some absolute benefit from any economic system. Relative to planned economies, capitalism produces a range of goods and services that are more responsive to the individual desires of the people. But equally true, relative to capitalism, socialism provides a more efficient infrastructure for value-add items that can’t be produced at a sustainable profit. Capitalism makes great video games. Socialism provides the only acceptable health insurance.

    Most stuff is in between. A society has to come together to come to some kind of consensus, even if it is a fluid and sometimes uneasy consensus. The immoral abuse of power by Obama and Walker just makes that harder–and gives conspiracy theorists all the fuel they need.

    The particular brand of conspiracy (i.e., Right Wing / Left Wing, etc. ,etc.) is entirely up to the individual. Facts not being particularly important, they don’t really hinder the conspiracy theories’ credibility.

  7. Hadrian999 February 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm #

    couldn’t possibly be that the official story keeps turning out to be B.S. propaganda again and again,
    makes it hard to believe anything that comes down from official channels

  8. Hadrian999 February 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    couldn’t possibly be that the official story keeps turning out to be B.S. propaganda again and again,
    makes it hard to believe anything that comes down from official channels

  9. Hadrian999 February 24, 2011 at 5:04 pm #

    couldn’t possibly be that the official story keeps turning out to be B.S. propaganda again and again,
    makes it hard to believe anything that comes down from official channels

  10. Anonymous February 24, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

    I mostly agree, but in a way many of the individual actors are relatively innocent, either that or we are all guilty. The machine would churn on even without their approval, they merely sign the paperwork. We all feed the machine and play into it and when it comes down to it, powerful people aren’t that powerful when it comes to real change. Sure they can abuse their position for personal embezzlement, but how many can really effect change? I like the military as an example, sure the Colonels and Generals have nominal power, but how much of what they do is merely conforming with written policy and rubber stamping their approval? If they refuse they are replaced by someone more pliant, and this goes all the way up and down the chain of command. I guess what im trying to say is that unless we pull an Egypt and totally opt out of work or engagement with the system on its terms then we are just as guilty as Scott Walker, he is just trying to please his boss (Koch bros) too.

  11. DRLECHCTER February 24, 2011 at 2:13 pm #

    the SPLC has been in the disinfo business longer than Disinfo.
    http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn05152009.html

    PS: I really like the new painfully long key I have to decipher and type in to post here.
    I hope somebody feels more secure

    • Anonymous February 24, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

      Its when you post a link, I assume to prevent spam

  12. DRLECHCTER February 24, 2011 at 6:13 pm #

    the SPLC has been in the disinfo business longer than Disinfo.
    http://www.counterpunch.org/cockburn05152009.html

    PS: I really like the new painfully long key I have to decipher and type in to post here.
    I hope somebody feels more secure

  13. Anonymous February 24, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

    Its when you post a link, I assume to prevent spam

  14. Liam_McGonagle February 24, 2011 at 6:59 pm #

    Well, it seems pretty clear to me that we are ALL guilty . . .

    http://dystopiadiaries.blogspot.com/2011/01/10-unexpiated-sins-that-are-dragging.html

    . . . just to varying degrees. I’m not equating a single uninformed voter to the conscious dissembling bullshit of Scott Walker, but it is the only reason the machine can keep churning.

    We must as a society and as individual constituents thereof accept our moral responsibility. If we don’t, then the Evil will continue apace, unabated, regardless of whatever the nominal system in place. It seems to me a little naive to believe in a system of complete inherent goodness. That’s the central issue.

    Everything else is just juking and jiving.

  15. guestly February 24, 2011 at 4:39 pm #

    The SPLC is a hate group.

  16. guestly February 24, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    The SPLC is a hate group.

  17. Powerskevin February 24, 2011 at 7:03 pm #

    I contribute the governments role in 9/11 to the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories.

  18. Powerskevin February 24, 2011 at 11:03 pm #

    I contribute the governments role in 9/11 to the mainstreaming of conspiracy theories.

  19. WhiteRose February 24, 2011 at 11:48 pm #

    The fact? that there are 300! They can’t even get together and make one! What a joke… If they are going to hate or be “Patriots” these guys/gals should least get together. Though when you have a government that is hopeless it does tend to breed hate. I’ve come across a lot of haters in my life they weren’t organized either….

  20. WhiteRose February 24, 2011 at 7:48 pm #

    The fact? that there are 300! They can’t even get together and make one! What a joke… If they are going to hate or be “Patriots” these guys/gals should least get together. Though when you have a government that is hopeless it does tend to breed hate. I’ve come across a lot of haters in my life they weren’t organized either….

  21. MW420 February 25, 2011 at 4:09 am #

    So lets do THAT. Pull an egypt that is. But I’ll be damned if i only hit the street with a pocket full of rocks n nothin under my shirt.

  22. Guest February 25, 2011 at 4:36 pm #

    As one who enjoys reason and thought, writing, as well as a lover of language; it concerns be greatly the way our common language is utilised to plant concepts, ideas and assumptions in our minds.

    Examples from Merriman Webster’s Dictionary:
    CONSPIRE: PLOT, CONTRIVE, intransitive verb 1 a: to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement…Conspiracy: 1: the act of conspiring together. 2 a: an agreement among conspirators.
    THEORY: 1 : the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another 2 : abstract thought : SPECULATION 3 : the general or abstract principles of a body of fact, a science, or an art *music theory* 4 a : a belief, policy, or procedure proposed or followed as the basis of action *her method is based on the theory that all children want to learn* b : an ideal or hypothetical set of facts, principles, or circumstances — often used in the phrase in theory…

    Subsequently; when someone had mentioned conspiracy theory, most had assumed it synonymous with garbage people make up for the purpose of confusing others.

    Now; this is not necessarily the case. Any basic analysis of the conduct and acts of corporations, governments and groups of all types, in the past and present concludes, quite rightly so, that conspiracy is a norm. Subsequently theory is not a light frivolous word… ‘The analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another.’

    Paraphrases: What do they mean?
    “We will succeed in our war for peace.”???
    “We didn’t lie about the things we knew we didn’t know.”???
    “We don’t torture, we force them to tell us what we want to know using methods we cannot discuss.”???
    “Terror is the name of the game, so we will bring them terror wherever they may be, at home or abroad.”???
    “We didn’t lie we were protecting your freedom.”???
    “By injecting the starving in Africa with vaccines we can help reduce the population.”???
    “You see they are starving and open to immune deficiency diseases, thus we must inject them with expensive, strong and toxic drugs.”???
    “It’s better for the economy when we can pay less, reduce workers’ rights and increase taxes to pay top bankers who committed fraud.”???
    “We support those fighting to be free of state tyranny abroad, but we will use a strong arm against those who disagree with our policy at home.”???
    “We will fight the war on drugs, trade drugs for weapons to fight those who have weapons and are growing drugs.”???

    So bizarre; I wasn’t sure whether laughing was ethical. Thus it is understandable to hear, ‘it is very complicated’ or ‘a matter of your security.’ Who is concerned about my health, freedom, prosperity and security? Who is concerned with destroying it?

    I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it perplexing enough to figure out who is and who isn’t. I guess as they say on the TV, it will turn out alright in the end.
    I’ll have my Starbucks Latte while watching the NFL or Cup of Earl Grey whilst watching the cricket.

  23. Anonymous February 25, 2011 at 8:36 pm #

    As one who enjoys reason and thought, writing, as well as a lover of language; it concerns be greatly the way our common language is utilised to plant concepts, ideas and assumptions in our minds.

    Examples from Merriman Webster’s Dictionary:
    CONSPIRE: PLOT, CONTRIVE, intransitive verb 1 a: to join in a secret agreement to do an unlawful or wrongful act or an act which becomes unlawful as a result of the secret agreement…Conspiracy: 1: the act of conspiring together. 2 a: an agreement among conspirators.
    THEORY: 1 : the analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another 2 : abstract thought : SPECULATION 3 : the general or abstract principles of a body of fact, a science, or an art *music theory* 4 a : a belief, policy, or procedure proposed or followed as the basis of action *her method is based on the theory that all children want to learn* b : an ideal or hypothetical set of facts, principles, or circumstances — often used in the phrase in theory…

    Subsequently; when someone had mentioned conspiracy theory, most had assumed it synonymous with garbage people make up for the purpose of confusing others.

    Now; this is not necessarily the case. Any basic analysis of the conduct and acts of corporations, governments and groups of all types, in the past and present concludes, quite rightly so, that conspiracy is a norm. Subsequently theory is not a light frivolous word… ‘The analysis of a set of facts in their relation to one another.’

    Paraphrases: What do they mean?
    “We will succeed in our war for peace.”???
    “We didn’t lie about the things we knew we didn’t know.”???
    “We don’t torture, we force them to tell us what we want to know using methods we cannot discuss.”???
    “Terror is the name of the game, so we will bring them terror wherever they may be, at home or abroad.”???
    “We didn’t lie we were protecting your freedom.”???
    “By injecting the starving in Africa with vaccines we can help reduce the population.”???
    “You see they are starving and open to immune deficiency diseases, thus we must inject them with expensive, strong and toxic drugs.”???
    “It’s better for the economy when we can pay less, reduce workers’ rights and increase taxes to pay top bankers who committed fraud.”???
    “We support those fighting to be free of state tyranny abroad, but we will use a strong arm against those who disagree with our policy at home.”???
    “We will fight the war on drugs, trade drugs for weapons to fight those who have weapons and are growing drugs.”???

    So bizarre; I wasn’t sure whether laughing was ethical. Thus it is understandable to hear, ‘it is very complicated’ or ‘a matter of your security.’ Who is concerned about my health, freedom, prosperity and security? Who is concerned with destroying it?

    I don’t know about you, but I’m finding it perplexing enough to figure out who is and who isn’t. I guess as they say on the TV, it will turn out alright in the end.
    I’ll have my Starbucks Latte while watching the NFL or Cup of Earl Grey whilst watching the cricket.

  24. Anonymous April 29, 2011 at 5:47 pm #

    In 1986, SPLC’s entire legal staff quit in an act of defiance against Morris Dees (founder of SPLC) for his pursuit of lucrative, high-profile cases against the KKK, in preference to working to secure civil liberties for the poor. Speaking to reporters, SPLC attorney Gloria Browne candidly admitted that the Center’s programs were devised to cash in on “black pain and white guilt.”

  25. billy86 April 29, 2011 at 1:47 pm #

    In 1986, SPLC’s entire legal staff quit in an act of defiance against Morris Dees (founder of SPLC) for his pursuit of lucrative, high-profile cases against the KKK, in preference to working to secure civil liberties for the poor. Speaking to reporters, SPLC attorney Gloria Browne candidly admitted that the Center’s programs were devised to cash in on “black pain and white guilt.”

    Race hustling at its finest.

  26. Blair Sadewitz April 30, 2011 at 1:38 pm #

    Your assertion that socialism provides the “only acceptable [health care]” (I insert that because who cares about insurance, ultimately, what we need is access to medical _care_) runs contrary to history. First of all, “health insurance” is not really insurance per se:

    http://www.szasz.com/iol23.html

    What is it that you want, access to insurance, or access to healthcare? There are different ways of solving a problem, and the jury’s still out for me, personally. My intuition is that there’s a Gordian Knot here that needs to be cut …

  27. AwakeNotParanoid May 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm #

    What’s funny to me is how they keep writing about/saying conspiracy theories as if none of them are possible. There were conspiracy theories about the European Union being formed. Years later, it happened. There were conspiracy theories about our Government knowing and concealing alien information. Now, government officials have openly stated there is such a thing..and more information is ready to be disclosed. I don’t really get into the alien info (because I am not surprised), but I do believe the New World Order exists. The proof is everywhere. Our government is corrupt in their methods. They lay in bed with corporations, have been penetrated, and have been infected with anti-American diseases. Plain and simple. I’m glad there are 300 groups. They should work together, but there’s a reason.. a good reason.. why they’re being formed. People have done their research (and sometimes not even needing to) and they have realized all is not as it seems in America. The American people have become drones. Mindless, sad excuses for Patriots. They believe what the corporate owned media says..rather than finding the real truth for themselves. What’s really sad about the whole thing, is that the sheep are so dead set on staying asleep that they help bash the awakened Americans that are trying to save this country and their fellow Americans.

  28. AwakeNotParanoid May 27, 2011 at 11:09 am #

    What’s funny to me is how they keep writing about/saying conspiracy theories as if none of them are possible. There were conspiracy theories about the European Union being formed. Years later, it happened. There were conspiracy theories about our Government knowing and concealing alien information. Now, government officials have openly stated there is such a thing..and more information is ready to be disclosed. I don’t really get into the alien info (because I am not surprised), but I do believe the New World Order exists. The proof is everywhere. Our government is corrupt in their methods. They lay in bed with corporations, have been penetrated, and have been infected with anti-American diseases. Plain and simple. I’m glad there are 300 groups. They should work together, but there’s a reason.. a good reason.. why they’re being formed. People have done their research (and sometimes not even needing to) and they have realized all is not as it seems in America. The American people have become drones. Mindless, sad excuses for Patriots. They believe what the corporate owned media says..rather than finding the real truth for themselves. What’s really sad about the whole thing, is that the sheep are so dead set on staying asleep that they help bash the awakened Americans that are trying to save this country and their fellow Americans.

  29. AwakeNotParanoid May 27, 2011 at 3:22 pm #

    Here are the top twenty media corporations in the U.S. according to mediaowners.com  All but two of the following, #18 and #19 are not members of the Council On Foreign Relations.
    1.   Time Warner Inc.
    2.   Walt Disney Company
    3.   Viacom Inc.
    4.   News Corporation
    5.   CBS Corporation
    6.   Cox Enterprises
    7.   NBC Universal
    8.   Gannett Company, Inc.
    9.   Clear Channel Communications Inc.
    10. Advance Publications, Inc.
    11. Tribune Company
    12. McGraw-Hill Companies
    13. Hearst Corporation
    14. Washington Post Company
    15. The New York Times Company
    16. E.W. Scripps Co.
    17. McClatchy Company
    18. Thomson Corporation
    19. Freedom Communications, Inc.
    20. A&E Television Networks

  30. AwakeNotParanoid May 27, 2011 at 11:22 am #

    Here are the top twenty media corporations in the U.S. according to mediaowners.com  All but two of the following, #18 and #19 are not members of the Council On Foreign Relations.
    1.   Time Warner Inc.
    2.   Walt Disney Company
    3.   Viacom Inc.
    4.   News Corporation
    5.   CBS Corporation
    6.   Cox Enterprises
    7.   NBC Universal
    8.   Gannett Company, Inc.
    9.   Clear Channel Communications Inc.
    10. Advance Publications, Inc.
    11. Tribune Company
    12. McGraw-Hill Companies
    13. Hearst Corporation
    14. Washington Post Company
    15. The New York Times Company
    16. E.W. Scripps Co.
    17. McClatchy Company
    18. Thomson Corporation
    19. Freedom Communications, Inc.
    20. A&E Television Networks

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