In a new study published by the West Point Combating Terrorism Center, the violent far-right is identified with the so-called “anti-federalist” ideology which consists of a belief in a “New World Order” (NWO) and recognizing the “corrupted and tyrannical nature of the federal government and its apparent tendency to violate individuals’ civilian liberties and constitutional rights.”
This is one of a long list of reports linking violence and terrorism with a wide range of factors ranging from believing in government conspiracies to identifying as a sovereign citizen (see also here and here) to almost all bodily movements to questioning the government’s narrative to certain bumper stickers to forgetting items in a hotel room to taking pictures of iconic buildings and just about everything else imaginable.
It is worth noting that the federal government is quite tyrannical and corrupt with a federal judge ruled the government can claim the legal right to assassinate Americans without any charge or trial while never explaining the legal basis, engage in widespread illegal surveillance (which is dramatically increasing) and indefinitely detain Americans. If those aren’t violations of individuals’ civil liberties and constitutional rights, I don’t know what is.
The study, authored by Arie Perliger, director of terrorism studies at the Combating Terrorism Center, is aimed at providing “a conceptual foundation for understanding different far-right groups and then presents the empirical analysis of violent incidents to identify those perpetrating attacks and their associated trends,” according to the description on the West Pointwebsite.
Sandwiched between the ideological foundations for the racist/white supremacy movement and the improperly labeled Christian fundamentalist movement (note the total lack of understanding of the actual definition of Christian fundamentalism), we see the ideological foundations for the “anti-federalist movement.”
Essentially, Perliger argues that the anti-federalist movement’s ideology centers around “the idea that there is an urgent need to undermine the influence, legitimacy and practical sovereignty of the federal government and its proxy organizations.”
He identifies several rationales behind this sentiment including, “a strong conviction that the American political system and its proxies were hijacked by external forces interested in promoting a ‘New World Order,’ (NWO)” and a “perception of the corrupted and tyrannical nature of the federal government and its apparent tendency to violate individuals’ civilian liberties and constitutional rights.”
According to Perliger, “The fear of the materialization of the NWO makes most militias not merely hostile towards the federal government but also hostile towards international organizations, whether non-profitable NGOs, international corporations, or political institutions of the international community, such as the UN.”
Interestingly, especially given the recent push for increased gun control on the part of the Obama administration and others in Washington, Perliger points out, “The opposition to gun control legislation has been driven mainly by the perception of many that this represents a breach of the Second Amendment and a direct violation of a constitutional right, having direct impact on the ability of many to preserve their common practices and way of life.”
Perliger’s study is quite interesting but it should be quite troubling for most Americans that you may be confused with the so-called “violent far-right” if you realize that the federal government is quite corrupt and tyrannical with no signs of slowing down.
Then again, in today’s America, you can be considered a terrorist or a potential terrorist for just about anything so this shouldn’t be considered even remotely surprising.
By Madison Ruppert, Editor of End the Lie