Mainstreaming Patriot CultureIn recent articles in the New York Times, reporter Dan Barry has explored the strange alliances among Black and White separatists, "sovereign" Freemen, conspiracists, and anti-federalist constitutionalists involved in the spread of anti-tax schemes. The recent roundup of persons filing bogus tax documents certainly involves financial opportunism, but it is rooted in the spreading idiosyncratic legal theories of the right-wing Patriot movement.
Two key elements of the right-wing Patriot movement are anti-government conspiracism and bogus legal interpretations of the tax laws and the US Constitution.
For an extensive report on the roots of the sovereign Freeman theory, visit the web site of the Milita Watchdog and read the article on the so-called "Common Law Courts." Background information on the Patriot movement can be found at the web page of the Coalition for Human Dignity.
The anti-government conspiracism has two main historic sources, fears of a freemason conspiracy and fears of a Jewish conspiracy. These conspiracist ideas are promoted largely by two different right-wing institutions, the John Birch Society and the Liberty Lobby.
Conspiracism breads irrational scapegoating, and even when conspiracist theories do not center on Jews, people of color, or other scapegoated groups, they create an environment where racism, antisemitism, homophobia, and others forms of prejudice and oppression can flourish.
In recent years a few persons on the political left and a few members of Black nationalist groups have adopted and adapted right-wing conspiracy theories.
In chapters from the study Right Woos Left you can read about the Populist Party/Liberty Lobby Recruitment of Anti-CIA Critics into a network of anti-government conspiracists, or how respected civil rights activist Rev. James Bevel slid into an alliance with conspiracist fascists. You can also read about the strange alliance between White racial nationalists and Black racial nationalists in the chapter on the Third Position and Black Nationalism. Or you can browse the Table of Contents for entire study: Right Woos Left.
If you visit the web links page of Hakim H.Y. Bey, cited in the Times as someone who "appears to be a philosophical leader of the Moorish Nation operating in the Bronx, and who is someone they want to question in connection with the tax-fraud scheme," you will see references to a number of sites including:
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