The Rise Of America's Lunatic Fringe

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Authored by chindit

The Rise Of America's Lunatic Fringe

Anyone who spends any amount of time on the internet has seen them.

They are the moonbats, the wingnuts, the whackjobs, the Conspiratorialists.  They are America’s new Lunatic Fringe, and their numbers are growing.

While the rise of the internet fed a segment of society that has always existed, when the cyberworld became an increasingly important source both of entertainment and information, an entirely new demographic joined what was already amongst us.

Who are they and what do they believe?  The Lunatic Fringe is not uniform in either its background or beliefs.  Some clearly seem to be emotionally disturbed.  Some are racist and hateful.  Others are simply naïve and gullible, or uninformed.  Still more are frustrated by an economy and a government that are behaving out of whack with what most people expected from life and from leadership.  They want to believe America stands for something noble, but it is increasingly felt by them that it does not.  They are confused, frustrated, and disappointed.  They feel violated and betrayed.  They grow angrier by the day.  Some harbor a diffuse rage which could blow at any time. Others have figuratively thrown in the towel and have joined the ranks of what are called Preppers and Survivalists.

Collectively, though individually they differ, the beliefs of the Fringe conspiracies behind the JFK assassination, the lunar landing, and 911.  The collective also includes the Birthers, and believers in everything from FEMA Camps to chemtrails to that retro old favorite of Colonel Jack Ripper, fluoridation.  The Fringe holds beliefs that have the world controlled variously by the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Bilderbergers, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, the Council on Foreign Relations, 33rd Degree Freemasons, the Vatican, the Queen of England, or just The Illuminati.  Every event and every incident in the world is affected by some Master Plan carried out by whomever the believer chooses from the aforementioned gallery of rogues.  For many, al Qaeda is really al CIAda, and the prime directive of that organization, along with all the other USG alphabet agencies, is to further the goals of the elite, usually through some “false flag” operation or “psy-op”, and funded through illicit drug sales.

Believers can “prove” each and every one of their claims via a series of cross-referenced and circular internet links, the source of many undoubtedly just someone’s fertile imagination, but very real to the believers.

To the uninitiated this all seems rather humorous, albeit slightly unsettling.  It would be both wrong and unwise, however, just to slough it off as the ramblings of the insane.  The reason such beliefs are gaining favor is because many Americans have lost faith and lost trust in the government and America’s elected leadership.  Given what has happened over the last decade, this is not only understandable, it is even, in an odd way, reasonable.  A continual drift to the fringe can be expected because of the many very real things that make the foolish things suddenly more believable.

Why have the people lost faith and trust?  There is a host of reasons, perhaps beginning with the war of choice in Iraq and the vociferous and passionate claims of WMD that turned out to be false.  That war cost lives, cost sympathy and diplomatic capital, and cost trillions even when America was told by former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz that the war “would pay for itself from oil sales” and that “Americans would be welcomed with garlands”.  Neither was anything close to accurate.  Instead the US has war dead, war wounded, a huge bill, fewer friends, and many more enemies.

What truly exacerbated the rush to the fringe were the Financial Crisis and the subsequent railroaded bailouts, which “democratic”
America opposed to the tune of 97%, and which were, and still are viewed as rewarding the very people who caused the collapse.  The oft-spoken official claims that “the taxpayer made a profit on the bailouts” just adds salt to the taxpayers’ wounds, as it conveniently fails to take into account the host of programs---from TALF to ZIRP to QEI, II, and III and Twist---that virtually handed the banks the money with which they could “pay back” the bailout cash.

America sees backroom deals and favors to insiders every step of the way, and rightfully so they see this, because that is exactly how the bailout was affected.  No one had to pay for his mistakes, and equally significant, no one has been prosecuted despite overwhelming evidence of fraud, malfeasance, and corruption.  Americans cannot help but subscribe to the cynical quip, “everyone is equal under the law, except for those who are above it”.  Fines don't count, especially when the money to pay them comes right back through another door.

America's prisons are filled with people who did little more than use a banned substance.  It's time some bankers and officials faced the possibility of similar accommodations, as their crimes are greater and victims substantially more.

The belief that all is not fair is further cemented when the Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer can be taped (PBS, “Frontline”) saying, "Well, I think I am pursuing justice. And I think the entire responsibility of the department is to pursue justice. But in any given case, I think I and prosecutors around the country, being responsible, should speak to regulators, should speak to experts, because if I bring a case against institution A, and as a result of bringing that case, there’s some huge economic effect — if it creates a ripple effect so that suddenly, counterparties and other financial institutions or other companies that had nothing to do with this are affected badly — it’s a factor we need to know and understand."

No matter how one parses that quote it still says the same thing: some are above the law.

The American people are well aware they have been lied to by the leadership.  They know that a lobbyist has an infinitely greater chance of getting his way than an entire nation of voters.  They know who pays the bills---the taxpayer---as well as who pays the politicians---the lobbyists.  They see the Federal Debt ballooning to Greek-like proportions, and the best Congress can do, other than take vacation or kick the can, is to tell Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke to “get to work, Mr. Chairman”, which means print more money, monetize the deficit, and further dilute the value of the dollar.

Even some people within the government are undoubtedly growing frustrated.  Imagine someone in DEA, FBI, CIA, or the military, who sees the slap on the wrist fine handed to a certain non-US bank for a decade or more of drug money laundering and laundering money for Iran, some of which might well have found its way to Hezbollah or to parties aiding the Iraqi insurgency.  There are people in Waziristan who face the wrath of a drone-fired Hellfire missile with less evidence to back up the attack.  This bank, incidentally, received a $3.5 billion payment-in-full upon the US taxpayer bailout of insurer AIG.

When trust is gone, everything becomes an affront, a conspiracy, a power grab by the elite.  The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which gives the President incredibly broad powers, seems to obviate both habeas corpus and the entire Bill of Rights.  When the trust is gone, people are less willing to believe that such a bill would never be used recklessly, or vindictively to put down vocal opponents of whatever Administration happens to be in power at the time.  When trust is gone, the people question new efforts to alter the Second Amendment, even if many are personally outraged at the rash of gun violence that has come to epitomize the United States, so they rush to guns rather than run from them.  When the trust is gone, the message of the Lunatic Fringe is afforded greater reception.  When the trust is gone the Fringe grows into the mainstream.  When trust is gone in some aspects of governance, all governance is questioned.

The government can no longer afford to ignore the Lunatic Fringe, because it is becoming less loon and more understandably and righteously indignant every day.  The government did not create the Fringe, but through callous disregard, incompetence, blatant self-interest, cronyism, selective enforcement, and pandering to its financial support base, the government has fertilized the fringe until it has grown to redwood-like size.  The nation's leadership is viewed not with respect, but with distrust.  It is not the solution, but the problem.  It has morphed from friend to enemy, at least for a not insignificant portion of the citizenry.   The fringe is not going to go away, but instead it will grow.  Its wounds will fester.  It will continue to hammer away at an already fragile society.  It may well lead to significant social unrest, even violence, and that violence is likely to be directed at those seen as responsible for the fiscal, financial and moral decay, which means the elite and the government that is seen as catering to it.  New records in the Dow will not alter the focus, nor ameliorate the bubbling rage, even if the financial media or the Federal Reserve thinks it will.  This growing demographic of citizens must have its concerns addressed before it is too late.

Woe to those who ignore it, because they will become the targets, rightfully or not.

To paraphrase a certain career New York Senator, “Mr. Government, get to work!”  Or better yet, get out of the way.

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Buzz Fuzzel's picture

dwdollar, you did not ready the whole article did you?


AllWorkedUp's picture

What a fucking joke of an article.

Bad Attitude's picture

Was this written by the same DHS "fusion center" people who were writing reports about "right wing extremism" not too long ago?

Must I unconditionally trust the government to be considered "normal?"

RebelDevil's picture

No. "Normal" is just not giving a shit and getting drunk.

Magically Delicious's picture

Then I'm getting more normal by the minute! I wish High School had been this easy...

Freddie's picture

The "Lunatic Fringe" are the dumb fux who watch TV or Hollywood's shit.  All of it is garbage.  F TV and Hollywood.

Limbaugh now is in the amnesty camp and has been neutered by Oba-MAO.  Better to talk about some Steelers/NFL crap or Apple's newest iShit gadget.


eatthebanksters's picture

Lunatic fringe: Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, Eric Holder, Lanny Breuer, Van Jones, Ben Bernanke, Tim Geithner, Barack Obama.

Richardk888's picture


Lunatic Fringe: 95% of the Federal Government

aerojet's picture

It's not supposed to be a research paper, it is an attempt to capture a snapshot of what is currently taking place in the US--it is capturing the revolutionary mood that the regular people are in because our government has completely and utterly failed us.  So the choice is either broad reform and real solutions or we soon reach the point of no return.  The whole thing only awaits a spark at this point; for example, if cops in NY actually had begun seizing newly outlawed firearms frome people in large numbers.  But that didn't happen.  No matter, the spark could be almost anything now.  There is unbelievable anger felt by so many people because they know that they worked hard and still got screwed and they feel betrayed and betrayal causes hatred, then violence.

A Lunatic's picture

Maybe we need an ObamaCares Hug Squad that goes around consoling the downtrodden fringe.........

akak's picture

Probably just as well --- one of the conditions for receiving one is confessing how many guns you have in your home.

Teamtc321's picture

I wonder why US Middle East policy in Iraq was to mirror our Constitution's 2nd Amendment citizen right to bear arms and many American lives were lost so that every Iraqi household has a chance for freedom and liberty through their right to bear arms, specifically an AK-47 that fires a 7.62 round and holds a 45-round magazine. So, perhaps someone needs to ask these political hacks who claim some cling to gun's and religion, why it is that our Constitution and its 2nd Amendment is good enough for Iraqi households but not Americans? And, why did they vote in support of Iraqi freedom and liberty, yet are so against those same means for Americans on her soil? Maybe some Tin foil mind's, would like to know..........

jeff montanye's picture

there may be some cause and effect reversal here. i truly doubt the war was fought to arm iraqi families (it is ironic though, especially lately).

imo the cause was

saddam talking of trading oil for gold probably didn't help him though.

Renfield's picture

Agreed, aerojet.

I'll go further - I found the article very good. (Then again, "conspiracy theorist", "tinfoil hat", and other labels have LONG since ceased to affect me so I am not feeling the same degree of outrage of many here.)

I am not American - was born & raised in the good ol' Commonwealth, a true soft-socialist liberal with collective tendencies. It was experience and a banquet of consequences, NOT my "education", that taught me the gulf between theory (and any related propaganda) and quiet, unadvertised reality. I became as close as a non-USian can be to a "libertarian" I guess, much to the confusion of my family.

I was recently asked why (for example) I now endorse gun ownership, hopefully one not identified on any government list. Back when I was young and knew everything, I was passionate (like most of my social group) for "gun control".

I replied that the difference for this, and nearly all the shift over the last decade in my politics, is because I NO LONGER TRUST THE GOVERNMENT.

Nor will I ever trust them, ever again. I know who the real "terrists" are now, who threaten MY way of life, and it ain't a handful of primitive tribal chiefs across the ocean.

I have learned a deep and abiding respect for the wisdom of the "Founding Fathers" of the once-great American nation, and the enduring beauty of its Constitution.

Ashamed or not, apologetic or not, I am one of the people that Chindit is writing about.

PS: Can anyone name any high-level crime, at the national or international level, that was NOT the fruit of a conspiracy?

tickhound's picture

Dude you are completely terrifying and utterly certifiable.  100% wacko.  A kook.

Renfield's picture

ya ya ya...yo mamma! :-P

blabam's picture

Next step: read the market for liberty. As a young dutchman I can relate to your story.

Piranhanoia's picture

The author has shit for brains.  He used one of the worst mass murderers of the movies as an example and it was a bad reference.

Jack Ripper was a General you pinhead.  He ordered a nuclear attack on Russia because he was scared of women and tap water.   Get your purity of essence straight before you pen propaganda.

toady's picture

POE all the way.

"I deny them that..."

jeff montanye's picture

thank you for the reference.  i missed it and i thought i knew a bit about kubrick's "dr. strangelove".


Henry Hub's picture

***he was scared of women***

Yes the women were robbing him of his natural bodily fluids. They are doing the same to me all the time, but I don't mind.

JOYFUL's picture

Is it possible that our friend Chindit has been forgotten already?

....he who banished, himself only a year ago, after receiving a thoroughly appropriate thrashing for attempting to make the whole 9-11 thing vanish like a rabbit in a hat?

Fond are my memories of the rascal, who was definitely a cut above the usual telaviv troll-in fact, I pegged im as a professional - suave, erudite, and clearly well-connected. Pity he blew himself up real good!  Now one needs be content to cross spears with Mr FALAK PEMA when wishing to engage another fabulist of the nothing to see here-move along school of magical arts...while usually a good sport, and companiable dissimulationist, he lacks the tenacious fanaticism of our hero Chindit, and therefore is a mere snack rather than full course meal like the current author of this piece of comic relief.  

By deception ye shall know them! Cheerio then, Chindit ol sock!







Disenchanted's picture

Chindit: tenacious defender of a failed status quo...

chindit13's picture

Thrashing?  Reminds me of Roy Jones, Jr. at the Seoul Olympics in the boxing gold medal match.  You are the South Korean judge.  When you favorite wakes up, please congratulate him on his gold medal.  Heck of a fight.  Too bad he missed the ending.

Forgotten but not gone, I believe is the proper order.

My sword, or pen, is aimed well and true.

El Oregonian's picture

Come on "Chindit the idiot", YOU SIR- are the nutjob! wHEN YOUR GOV'T BUYS UP 1.8 BILLION rounds of ammo- over a Quarter-Million Rounds of Hollow-Points (outlawed by the Geneva Convention), NDAA, loss of other Civil Rights- gov't asking troops "Would they fire on it's citizens?" and drumming out those that say "No".

I mean, what's not to prepare for?

Hobbleknee's picture

Sweeping generalizations. 

First time I gave an article here one star.

johnQpublic's picture

this article appears to be more for those who would monitor ZH than for those who read it on a regular basis.

on a scale of one to ten i give it a building 7.

overmedicatedundersexed's picture

one common held truth here on zh ; the msm line .gov approved - is as sound as the dollar the basis of our economic world. ...

RafterManFMJ's picture

The author forgot the /sarc tag.

Frankie Carbone's picture

This author is a few sandwiches short of a picnic. I mean, he's out there, if you know what I mean. Cukos. Absolutely delusional.

neidermeyer's picture

Yeah , staging military exercises with helicopter gunships over major cities like Miami really helps... while Nancy Pelosi sneaks language banning all guns "with a pistol grip" into her draft legislation ... making 200,000,000 of us that own any handgun instant felons.

stant's picture

better keepum seperated,

Banksters's picture


Bankster Immunity from prosecution

Downing st memo


Money Laundering drug cartel cash

Market Manipulation

Iran Contra


Gulf of Tonkin

Yeah, it is all in my head.




e2thex's picture


Psssst. There is someone on the other side of your mirror. Talk softer. They are recording you.

devo's picture

Embarrassing article.

wisefool's picture

Last week, this same person, explained to the american people on the sunday talk shows. (The MSM stuff at minimum level of political information) that: "a Budjet control framework is the same thing as having a budget" (sic mine)

To paraphrase a certain career New York Senator, “Mr. Government, get to work!”  Or better yet, get out of the way.

zorba THE GREEK's picture

This is describing all my friends on ZH.

Deacon Frost's picture

Conspiratorial thinking should be the default frame of mind.

After all, it only takes one person to form a conspiracy, what about an entire government apparatus?

DaveyJones's picture

the default form of most crime that has any level of sophistication above shoplifting usual involves a "conspiracy." It only demonstrates ignorance to use it as criticism.  

Cdad's picture

I'm not at all convinced that Chindit set out to criticize "conspiracy theories" with this piece.  You might want to check your confirmation bias, and think about the article more broadly.

DaveyJones's picture

 word choice  - double message

"Collectively, though individually they differ, the beliefs of the Fringe include a conspiracy behind the JFK assassination, a faked moon landing, and the current favorite: that 911 was an “inside” job. The collective also includes the Birthers, and those who believe in everything from FEMA Camps to chemtrails to that retro old favorite of Colonel Jack Ripper, fluoridation. (Those unfamiliar with these terms should Google them for more information than one might care to have.) The Fringe holds beliefs that have the world controlled variously by the Rothschilds, the Rockefellers, the Bilderbergers, Bohemian Grove, Skull and Bones, the Council on Foreign Relations, 33rd Degree Freemasons, the Vatican, the Queen of England, or just The Illuminati."

Notice the list and more important, the placement. He clearly embraces a classic and safe money move conspiracy in the article but his main goal is to simulatenously maintain a safe distance from those "crazy" criminal resource war and flase flag "theories."

Cdad's picture

Correct...people are reacting to "word choice."

But as folks go knee jerking wild with their comments, they are not thinking about two things:

a) Who is the intended target audience for this article?

b)  What is its intent?

Com'mon my brothers....think about it.

Fred C Dobbs's picture

How about an excuse to take away their guns?

Cdad's picture

The government does not need an excuse to take your guns from you.  It needs votes in the House and Senate.