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Jared Lee Loughner

Jared Lee Loughner, the accused shooter in the murderous terror attack in Tucson, wrote that he could not "trust the current government,” and rejected what he called the “current treasonous laws."

Loughner stated he would not "pay debt with a currency that's not backed by gold and silver!"

I am in no way suggesting there is an iota of evidence that Jared Lee Loughner directly picked up his ideas from Sarah Palin, Glenn Beck, Ron Paul, the John Birch Society, or any other specific group or individual. I am examing a right-wing conspiracy milieu in which demonizing information circulates and might lead some to aggressive action, as detailed in 60 years of social science following WWII including the work of Hannah Arendt and Gordon Allport.

I am documenting the place on the political spectrum where these conspiracy ideas about money manipulation can most easily be found.


Please note that I am a critic of the Federal Reserve System policies and felt the bank bailouts unfairly rewarded banking and financial services organizations who were not only greedy but engaged in illegal activities. I dispute the conspiracy theory interpretation of these actions.

Correction: In an early version of this post I conflated The Creature from Jekyll Island by G. Edward Griffin with Secrets of the Federal Reserve by Eustace Mullins. Apologies. Since I have been to Jekyll Island, I know it is off the coast of Georgia. Other typos and errors are corrected as spotted.

 

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In Hate’s Wake: The Tucson massacre has sparked a discussion of whether overheated political rhetoric contributes to political violence, by Michael Hirsh
The Cult Web Film that Inspired Loughner by Michelle Goldberg, Daily Beast
Climate of Hate by Paul Krugman, The New York Times
Jared Lee Loughner and the 'Sovereign Citizen' Movement, by Diane Vera
Who is Jared Lee Loughner? by Mark Potok
Dog Whistle for Prayer Warriors - Palin as Victim of Blood Libel, by Rachel Tabachnick
Glenn Beck's Anti-Semitic Attacks, by Michelle Goldberg
Delusuions of Grandeur & the New American Paranoia… by Chad Nance.

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-Chip Berlet

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Democracy is a process,
not a specific set of institutions

Democracy is a process that assumes
the majority of people, over time,
given enough accurate information,
and the ability to participate
in a free and open public debate,
reach constructive decisions
that benefit the whole of society, and
preserve liberty,
protect our freedoms,
extend equality, and
defend democracy.

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