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).