Oregon Patriot Standoff – 2016

See Also: Chip’s article for FAIR:
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – Media Study

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Chronological List of Articles and Posts Jan. 1-4, 2016

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Welcome Readers from the Fairness and Accuracy in Media Study

Corrections to the FAIR article:
I should have caught my editing errors on my final reading. Apologies. Corrections online coming soonest.

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The DHS Report (2009) contained much reliable research, but the ACLU and other civil liberties groups protested it was flawed by a failure to make a distinction between ideology and rhetoric (which are protected by the First Amendment) and criminal acts. As as early as 2008 the ACLU (5/8/08)  was criticizing the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. The ACLU also collected a list of criticisms of the activities of DHS. These criticism are embedded in a controversy over the new rhetoric of political repression developed by the US government and its advisers with language such as “Violent Extremism,” and “Violent Radicalization” which falsely imply that radical ideas on the Left and Right lead inexorably to violent criminal acts.

>>> “starling should be “startling”

Be sure to read: “How Media Turned Right-Wing ‘Willing to Kill’ Extremists Into Peaceful ‘Rancher’s Rights Protesters’” by Ben Norton at FAIR.

The issue of the LDS church, W. Cleon Skoussen, the JBS, and Glenn Beck is complicated. A truly thoughtful analysis is from May 1, 2012 by Matthew Bowman: Utah: A Mormon Scholar Meets Latter-Day Libertarians. Please, before you send me or post messages that I don’t understand the issue, please read this essay by Bowman.

Wildfire Today-The timeline for the Oregon rancher-arsonists

Spencer Sunshine of Political Research Associates has been studying the right-wing backlash in Oregon for several months

David Edwards, Raw Story–Ammon Bundy: Armed militia is ‘a defense mechanism’ so we can ‘unwind’ federal ownership of land

Alan Pyke, Think Progress–What You Need To Know About The Current Militia Standoff In Oregon

Chip Berlet: ‘Trumping’ Democracy: Right-Wing Populism, Fascism, and the Case for Action

Doug Gilbert–U.S. Hard Right Being Bolstered by the Mainstream

Naomi Braine– Terror Network or Lone Wolf?
Disparate Legal Treatment of Muslims and the Radical Right

Eugene Robinson, Washington Post–

The Oregon standoff and America’s double standards on race and religion

Political Research Associates, Clinic Defense–
Those Who Demonize Are Morally Culpable

Reporters Guide-MN Law Library: Legal Theories of Sovereign Citizens, Common Law Courts, Patriots, Tax Protesters

Glenn Beck, an LDS (Mormon) convert is a major source of conspiracy theories about liberalism and the alleged plot to impose tyranny in America.

Search using:
“Glenn Beck” “John Birch Society” Mormon conspiracy
“Latter Day Saints” “Glenn Beck” conspiracy
Note that the LDS rejects the conspiracy theories peddled by Glenn Beck and some other Mormons.

And read this excellent article:

Background Resources

What is the Patriot Movement?

Bibliography for Serious Research on the US Patriot Movement

Trump, Right-wing Populism & Fascism

Theoretical Conversation on Fascism


Title of claimed conspiracy
  • Agenda 21
  • New World Order
  • United Nations
  • New Dark Ages
  • Illuminati
  • Protocols of the Elders of Zion
  • Clinton Administration

See also:

Patriots and Armed Militias: Battling the Feds & New World Order
From Chip Berlet and Matthew N. Lyons. 2000.
RightWing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort. New York: Guilford Press.

Chip’s Obscure Online Articles:

Dances with Devils: Apocalyptic & Millennialist Themes
& Right Wing Scapegoating & Conspiracis

Toxic to Democracy:
Conspiracy Theories, Demonization, & Scapegoating

Collectivists, Communists, Labor Bosses, & Treason:
The Tea Parties as Right-Wing Populist Counter-Subversion Panic

And don’t be a cheapskate, buy spend a few bucks and buy a used copy of the book Matt Lyons and I wrote: Right-Wing Populism in America: Too Close for Comfort
$14.95 at Powell’s

    Racist White Nationalist Nativism
+ Christian Right Assaults on LGBTQ & Women’s Rights
+ Neo-Liberal “Free Market” Economic Class Warfare
+ Militarism & International Aggression
+ Right-Wing Populist Demagoguery
===Can Lead to=============================
Devolution of Democracy into Neofascism

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