Posted by: Ann Corcoran | March 14, 2012

Southern Poverty Law Center says “Patriot”/hate groups on the rise

Always trying to stay relevant and rake in the bucks for what critics call the “Poverty Palace,” the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Mark Potok, has come out with a new report on the rise of what he calls “Patriot” groups which they say are motivated by their opposition to the “New World Order.”   They also have over a thousand “hate” groups listed but I didn’t check to see if the Patriots and Haters overlap.   I came across his screed here in a Muslim publication, but it’s around other places this week too.

It’s an interesting read, mostly to just see how their minds work.  Here is how Potok begins:

The radical right grew explosively in 2011, the third such dramatic expansion in as many years. The growth was fueled by superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories, the changing racial makeup of America, and the prospect of four more years under a black president who many on the far right view as an enemy to their country.

The number of hate groups counted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) last year reached a total of 1,018, up slightly from the year before but continuing a trend of significant growth that is now more than a decade old. The truly stunning growth came in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement — conspiracy-minded groups that see the federal government as their primary enemy.

Find an evil “Patriot” group near you!  (click here)  Potok’s definition of a Patriot group is this:

Patriot groups define themselves as opposed to the “New World Order,” engage in groundless conspiracy theorizing, or advocate or adhere to extreme antigovernment doctrines.

Maryland Senate candidate involved with the Southern Poverty Law Center?

Last week during the Hagerstown Tea Party Senate candidate forum, Republican candidate John Kimball said he was involved with the SPLC (and the ACLU).  I wasn’t sure I heard right, but yes, he is (here).


  1. Mark Potok released his latest “Hate Map” fund-raising tool last week, claiming he has designated 1,018 “hate groups” in America.

    Beyond the mere technicality that there is no legal definition of “hate group,” (which is why even the FBI does not, cannot, designate “hate groups”), Mr. Potok seems to have mislaid 247 of his “groups” and cannot locate them on his own “Hate Map.” That’s 1 in 4.

    Fortunately for Mr. Potok, the mainstream media steadfastly refuse to investigate any of his claims, choosing merely to regurgitate Potok’s fund-raising propaganda as “news.”

    A perfect example is Potok’s list for the state of Georgia. Potok added 20 chapters of something he calls “the Georgia Militia,” yet he could only come up with locations for two of them. The other 18 just float out there in limbo, padding out the numbers.

    As it turns out, 30 of the 65 “groups” Mr. Potok swears are lurking in Georgia are homeless.

    We asked Mark Potok about these wild discrepancies last October and he admitted on camera that his numbers were “anecdotal,” “a very rough estimate,” and “an imperfect process.

    In short, he pretty much just pulls them out of his imagination.

    Some “expert”

    • Thanks so much for all that info. and for the laugh!

  2. John Kimble is a perennial candidate who has been on the ballot every two years since 1996 and has gotten nowhere, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in him.

    • I think he did it for resume padding. lol It takes money to run for office and I don’t think any candidate can beat Cardin because of registration and money. in the coffers. Bongino could get the Latino vote. Bongino believes in Hydraulic Fracking and Kimble does not and who is right? Anyone know? I wonder how low the turnout will be in Maryland this year. 30 percent or lower..

  3. […] yesterday about the Southern Poverty Law Center’s latest “hate group” report here.  Now Daniel Greenfield a blogger (Sultan Knish) writes this hilarious piece entitled, “How […]

    • Don’t you guys know that the SPLC just does that so they can get money from liberals and people who want to be on their lists? They talk a lot of bs.

      • Sure we do!

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