*Two troubling polls were taken within less than a month of each other last March and April.
The March poll by Public Policy Polling found that nearly one third of Americans think that there is a secretive, diabolical cabal out to rule the world through a “New World Order.”
The April poll by the Southern Poverty Law Center zeroed in on extremist groups in America. It found that the number of these groups had leaped during the past few years. The majority of these groups had a couple of things in common. They tracked to the fringe right, and they were hard core anti-government, meaning that in most cases the groups were terrified that the government was bent on stripping away their freedom and guns.
Even more troubling, more than a few of these groups were tagged as violent prone. The paranoid beliefs, fears, and mania of the legion of extremist groups and individuals apparently came together in a virtual perfect storm when alleged Los Angeles airport shooter Paul Anthony Ciancia went on his murderous rampage. In a note made public by the FBI, Ciancia explicitly lambasted the government and pilfered the common extremist language that talks of a New World Order conspiracy.
Ciancia and the growing handful of others that have wreaked havoc with their murderous attacks in nearly all cases fit a profile. That is of a withdrawn, often delusional, loner, who gave no sign of a propensity to violence, and no hint of any tie to a hate extremist group or of any history of making hate rants. This makes it easy for such an individual to pass under the radar scope of friends, family members, and authorities. It also makes it easy for the public and much of the media to instantly brand them as nut cases who are walking neon signs to ramp up mental health treatment and tougher gun control laws. They are indeed that.
But stopping there misses the equally great danger that these shooters are young men who though they would never join any extremist group are walking emotional time bombs. They are highly impressionable and susceptible to the drumbeat of anti-government vitriol that has been relentlessly churned out on websites, blogs, in texts, and on social media sites the past few years. The majority of the farthest out of far right extremist groups will never engage in any overt violence, and the thousands of members, supporters, and fellow travelers of these groups likewise would not physically harm a fly. But it’s the inflammatory rants from these groups that pollute the air of talk and thought that can and have had deadly consequences.
The seed for the extremist paranoia about an alleged New World Order that engages in population mind control to takeover world governments was planted three decades ago with the creation of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). FEMA quickly became the target of endless tracts that spewed venom against the agency charging that it was the first big step by the federal government …read more