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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TahoeBilly2012's picture

Right. Count me in. My Mom forwarded me the link to Project For New American Century back in like 2002 or so and as many who viewed it like me, predicted just about everything that happened in the Mid East since. This guy is a wanker. I don't think every theory is true, but way too damn many agenda's stink to high heaven.

Everyman's picture

What a crappy article.  ZH is better than this.  We are a much more enlightened "Lunatic Fringe".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9tOR4On8Uk

 

The "Founding Fathers" were also "Lunatic Fringe".  What a crappy crappy article.

The reason such beliefs are gaining favor is because many Americans have lost faith and lost trust in the government and in 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.

Reasonable is "odd" in this moron's mind?

 

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.

Then there is a need for revolution and protestations either peaceful or non peaceful.  There is another issue when some group like DHS needs 7000 fully automatic rifles, all the while the congress criminals want to take my semi auto and 30 round mags???  Silver is out, 5.56 ammo is out, and AR-15s are sold out, what does that tell you?

The "Lunatic Fringe" is not the "Fringe" they are the majority, and the "real Lunatic Fringe" in currently in control of the Government, and they are corrupt criminals and all need to forfeit there lives for the damages they have done to this country and the idea of a Republic of libverty..

 

DoChenRollingBearing's picture

My guess is that this is what you see as people wake up.

+ 1

jeff montanye's picture

i think so, mr. bearing.  this may actually be his honest thoughts.  he has moved some.  may move some more.  this from his article is positive (call it the fringe, call it the vanguard):




When the trust is gone the Fringe becomes the mainstream.


 


 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

A Lunatic's picture

So the NSALQAEDA gets to publish their drivel here now too?? Must be part of that Fairness Doctine bullshit.......

mkhs's picture

Talk about lunatic fringe...

Poor Grogman's picture

About the only thing useful the government has done is create a growing awareness of how corrupt the world actually is.

The only ones not in the lunatic fringe these days, are those still profiting from the final days of the global debt ponzi.

Oh by the way the article didn't mention the " GLOBAL DEBT PONZI"!!!

fonzannoon's picture

i'm not a fan of this article but "Chindit" is a frequent commentor on here right? I think it's awesome that Tyler frequently hands over the mic to his viewers.

astoriajoe's picture

When i searched for comments from chindit, i didnt see any at all. Just sayin. Maybe big sis should go quick create some.

UP Forester's picture

Haven't been many lately.

He's obviously been at (re-education) camp.

TheFourthStooge-ing's picture

The link would be

http://www.zerohedge.com/search/user_comments

but you won't find any comments if they were made prior to December 2012. You used to be able to search for comments going back as far as 2009, but something changed recently (a couple weeks ago or so) and now the search results only go back to December.

akak's picture

I also noticed that almost all of Chindit's past comments have been mysteriously and suspiciously deleted.

It's a conspiracy, I tell ya!

NoDebt's picture

Trust is what took the real hit in '08.  It is not regained by doing more of the same (corrupt) thing that got you in the situation in the first place.

The magic trick only works if you can't see how the magician is doing it.  I keep wanting to ask Bernanke, BLS, DOL  and others "do you think I can't see what you're doing?"  Wall St. trying to convince me THEY believe the trick the whole time, so I should too. 

I'm not fooled, yet you ask me to trust you that it will eventually make me believe it.  It won't, no matter how many times you pull that rabbit out of your hat.  I'm not fooled.  I can see you doing it.  So can WAY too many other people.  And more than that, I can see those same entities trying to fool me not believing it either.

You're done, gentlemen.  Exit the stage.

ReptilianSlaveMaster's picture

ZeroHedge should start selling guns on their site, my commune and myself are stocking up against Obama's debt brother liberation army

Freddie's picture

ZeroHedge should start selling guns on their site..

LOL!  Well the Tyler(s) are smart and resourceful but good luck finding a supply of guns to sell.  Ammo is probably worse.  :-(

Hope & Tyranny.

RebelDevil's picture

A more practical alternative is to have ZH link up sites that host open-source gun designs that aren't hard to make.

otto skorzeny's picture

why should I care if somebody "launders"(whatever in the fuck govt doublespeak that is) $ for Iran? as far as i can tell we still owe them for getting rid of their democratically elected prez and putting that torturing POS CIA puppet Shah in power. but hey-as long as Hebeywood and Ben Asslick can put out propaganda like "Argo" so lazy Americans can learn world history by watching 120 minutes of garbage-it's all good

Gimp's picture

"Torture" is so 2000. It is "Enhanced Interrogation Techniques" now.

A wet towel over the mouth and nose is still a wet towel...just saying

Cabreado's picture

No.

Awareness and lost trust does not drive one to lunacy.

The lunacy comes in the lies and debauchery phase.
Fostered, encouraged even, at best overlooked.

This is a strange article.

mayhem_korner's picture

This is a strange article.

 

Agreed.  I wonder how many posters here who are condemning it realize they are affirming what it says?

RebelDevil's picture

From the viewpoint of MSM and it's followers - Yeah, this article is a 100% confirmed!
Maybe that was the point of this.

mayhem_korner's picture

 

 

Maybe the point was to say "hey all you MSM and sheeple that think that people who believe this or that are "looneys" - take a look at what you're spewing!"  Maybe the mainstream is the intended audience here - that they are becoming the Lunatic Fringe because their "stories" are less credible than the "conspiracies" they dismiss.

If you ever read the comments on a CNBC post, the commenters rip 'em to shreds & call 'em out on all the slant, lies, and bad assumptions in their "journalism".  The MSM is not blind to their weaknesses.  Their tactic is to pretend those weaknesses don't exist.

RebelDevil's picture

True. I also agree that MSM doesn't give a shit about truth, even if they are aware of their fallacies. If they did, they may be dead or unemployed; that is since our own enemies own them.

astoriajoe's picture

Worst article I've ever read on ZH. Just sayin.

A Lunatic's picture

The Only way to evade the Lunacy is to run off to Bangladesh and start an ostrich farm. -Simon Black-

e_goldstein's picture

and a watch collection (sorry, that never gets old).

On a similiar note:

FUCK YOU, BERNANKE!

 

flacorps's picture

When we refuse to listen to "reason" this will be declared a "hate" site and google will stop indexing it. The post is a trojan horse.

astoriajoe's picture

Does anyone come here from a google search?

Harbanger's picture

One day I just happened to google "fuck you bernanke" and I've been here ever since.

Freddie's picture

LOL!

F Google - they support The Matrix for Oba-MAO. 

 

Harbanger's picture

Hi Freddie, I agree, and somehow we need to disassemble their matrix.  BTW- Weren't Bill Ayres and Bernardine Dohrn from the Weather Underground considered "lunatic fringe" 50 years ago?  Now they have direct ties to the WH.  So who's crazy?

Renfield's picture

<Renfield hands Freddie a "U", a "C", and a "K", in case he feels like expanding on the above.>

Vendetta's picture

welcome to the fringe.

Room 101's picture

Here's some more "lunatic fringe" stuff from Market Ticker:

"Jack Lew MUST NOT Be Treasury Secretary

Bet you didn't know what's hidden in The Gun Control Act of 1968.

The Treasury Secretary is vested of the right to ban importation of any firearm he finds "does not have a sporting purpose."

While this authority is "currently" delegated to the BATFE, it doesn't have to remain delegated. In fact, there is nothing legislative about that delegation to the best of my knowledge, which means it can be revoked by pure fiat.

Jack Lew, the person most-likely to be nominated to replace Geithner, is Obama's current Chief of Staff.  As such it must be presumed that he will do whatever Obama wants, within the limit of his statutory authority.

And that authority includes the ability to ban the import of any gun."

http://www.market-ticker.org/akcs-www?post=215794

Iocosus's picture

Ironically, the 1968 bill plagiarizes the Nazi bill of 1938 introduced by Friend's of Angelo's dad.

A Lunatic's picture

Well they haven't managed to ban poverty, drugs, stupidity, terrorism, illegal immigration, or anything else. In fact most who fall into one (or more) of those categories are rewarded for their unlawfulness through many means such as free healthcare, free food, better jobs, free phones, money, weapons, political appointments........The list goes on I'm sure. So Hell yes, ban my guns, it's about time I got sumpin 2...........

EmmittFitzhume's picture

Cell phones produce radio waves that they DON'T cause cancer.  Obama may NOT have been born in Hawaii.

max2205's picture

There are 300 alquida. Sp. and we've been fighting them since Clinton.

Guess what, we still have not killed them all

Dod spent 3 trillion and still have not killed off this fictional enemy

How's that truth

Godspeed You-Seuss Goose's picture

If you're not a conspiracy theorist than you're just a coincidence theorist.

palmereldritch's picture

One person's conspiracy theory is just another (less lazy) person's understanding of the importance of due diligence.

All Risk No Reward's picture

The Tricium is the method used my Socrates to determine fact from fiction.

1. Grammar - Get relevant data and understand the context that surrounds it.  Who, What, Where When in Context.

2. Logic - Apply logic to the data and identfy and remove both contradictions and fallacies.  Why.

3. Rhetoric - Logically and rationally explain grammar, logic and the resulting conclusion.  How.

The research must come before the conclusion.

Most people have been duped into falling for one of a myriad of fallacies that convinces people they know things without doing the research.

All conspiracy theories are not conspiracy facts that are easily provable.  But some are - like the Federal Reserve lying about a fictional dual mandate to hide the face they criminally took credit exponential to GDP contrary to the Federal Reserve Act's Section 2A requirement to keep the two commensurate with each other.

That's a bullseye conspiracy, but this author won't pick it up.  He's scared of it.  Frightened to even entertaiin the idea of this fact being real.

He's not alone - most people can't handle the truth.

But that doesn't change the truth - and that's a bitter lesson the wilfully ignorant will learn indue time.

UP Forester's picture

Um, I think you mean "Trivium"....

All Risk No Reward's picture

Yes - thanks for correcting the typo.

TriviumEducation.com

Search "Trivium Binder"

adr's picture

What the hell? I would say the lunatic fringe is every analyst and talking head that appears on CNBC. Not the guy that says flouride is essentially mind control.

What is more plausible? That stocks can go up forever and profits don't matter because you can make it up with revenue, or that the defense department added flouride to the water to dumb down people so they could be eaiser controlled during the atomic scare?

That increasing margins is good even if your profit went negative, or certain elected officials were assasinated for attempting to out the practices of the central banks?

Seriously, yes there are lunatic consipiracies, but just open a dman history book. Most conspiracies were proved to be correct years later. There's know way the government would fire on a US Navy ship to start a war, well it happened. Washington didn't know about Pearl Harbor, yes they did. Lucitania, ferry boat sinkings, and dozens of other examples in the past 100 years all told to be agressive atacks by the enemy, all found to be planned by the governments involved to start conflicts.

Lunatic fringe? Maybe if you still believe George Washington chopped down a cherry tree, Ben Franklin invented electricity, and Johnny Appleseed planted trees across America, and some black guy tunnelled through a mountain faster than guys with dynamite.

Who wrote this article, Cramer's ass boy?

Nearly every 8th grader in America believes that crap and is told its true over and over again. Many graduate high school still thinking a dude with circle glasses put a key on a rope and flew a kite in a thunderstorm.

Everyman's picture

I would say the lunatic fringe is every analyst and talking head that appears on CNBC. Not the guy that says flouride is essentially mind control.

I need to write that one down and SO DOES EVERYBODY ELSE.  Tht is the most sane thing NOT said by Sanitelli