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By Amanda Marcotte
Saturday, January 15, 2011 0:20 EDT
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I’m sort of burned out tonight, but here’s a link that I think is incredibly important to read, especially as the wingnutteria is trying to claim Loughner’s obsessions were “leftist”. Not really. Not even slightly—just because some fringe right stuff starts to bleed over into fringe leftist stuff doesn’t mean it’s not primarily on the right. More importantly, the fringe is embraced by the right. Even if the wacky conspiracy theories that are mainstream on the right—such as “death panels” and Birtherism—aren’t the exact same ones that Loughner obsessed over 100% of the time, the air of conspiracy theories that is cultivated by the right matters. We’re in a political situation where one side is waging war on reality itself, on facts themselves. It’s not surprising, then, that someone who likely has mental illness and definitely was obsessed with waging war on reality (as well as waging war on federal power) fixated on a Democratic politician.

A sample:

Both Zeitgeist and Alex Jones promote the idea that world events are controlled by a secretive banking cabal that is using debt to enslave us all. Zeitgeist echoes Alex Jones in warning that the United States is about to be merged with Canada and Mexico into a “North American Union” that will use a new currency, the “Amero.” “When the time is right,” Zeitgeist informs us, “the North American Union, The European Union, the African Union and the Asian Union will be merged together, forming the final stages of the plan these men have been working on for over 60 years: a one world government.” This government will implant microchips in all of our arms. “In the end, everybody will be locked into a monitored control grid, where every single action you perform is documented,” it says.

These are all right wing beliefs, with the currency obsession in particular being one that’s mainstreamed by prominent politicians like Michele Bachmann.

Zeitgeist, which came out in 2007 and has since spawned two sequels, is an Internet phenomenon. The two-hour documentary is available for free online, and according to its creators, it has been viewed tens of millions of times. Its claims are heatedly debated on Ron Paul forums and anarchist websites; excerpts appear on numerous Tea Party pages.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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