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How far-right propaganda has brought America to the brink of massive violence

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The United States hasn't just become a powder keg for social unrest because of the widening of wealth inequality and the crash of the economy, which have been leading to revolts that defy the police state and give the lower classes more power. With the country's neoliberal deterioration has also come the rise of reactionary sentiments and movements, ones which seek to make history's next chapter not one of socialism and equality but one of fascism and war.

This ominous development has been in progress for decades with the rise of patriot militias, the presence of right-wing terrorists like Timothy McVeigh, and more recently the rebranding of the neo-Nazi movement into the "alt-right." What's the ultimate goal of the people at the forefront of these radical reactionary strains? It varies among the different ideological sects, but a picture of their general vision can be gleaned from examining the sects among them that have become the most relevant.

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QAnon: a conspiracy theory whose followers want to carry out a violent coup

A recent survey revealed that one in ten Americans now identify as supporters of QAnon, the 4Chan figure who claims that Trump is battling to take down "Satanic" pedophiles within Washington's elite circles. The survey also showed that those who share this belief in Q's stories are three times more likely than the general population to think violence should used to in order to defend what one believes in. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

To understand the depth of the pathology that QAnon has created among its believers, we should assess what its end goal is: a grand apocalyptic event, called "The Storm," where the righteous will be vindicated and the evildoers will be eliminated. In other words, a repackaged version of the Christian doomsday belief that's always driven the American religious right. It's fitting that just as QAnon persuades its followers to support Trump blindly, even consciously accepting outright misinformation and countless false predictions in the process, the Biblical end times prophecy has long persuaded evangelicals to be loyal to the world's reactionary powers. Especially Israel, which is supported by many of these evangelicals paradoxically because they think a catastrophic battle will need to be fought within Israel in order for the world to be reborn.

Amid the introduction of QAnon, this obsession with shaping world affairs based off of a desire to kickstart divine destruction has become tailored for Trump's America. Tailored in a way that's been able to propagandize millions of people into seeing Trump as a kind of American end times Jesus Christ, one who's waiting to purge the country of corruption. It's not hard to jump to some alarming thoughts while examining what Q followers believe; their worldview is a carbon copy of the white supremacist mythology about how the U.S. is controlled by a cabal of Jews whose Zionist Occupied Government (ZOG) can only be defeated through violent insurrection.

Looking at this Q post from three years ago, it indeed becomes very apparent that Q's followers are expecting a vast campaign of violence in order for the evils within the country to be vanquished:

My fellow Americans, over the course of the next several days you will undoubtedly realize that we are taking back our great country (the land of the free) from the evil tyrants that wish to do us harm and destroy the last remaining refuge of shining light. On POTUS' order, we have initiated certain fail-safes that shall safeguard the public from the primary fallout"On POTUS' order, a state of temporary military control will be actioned and special ops carried out"However, the atmosphere within the country will unfortunately be divided as so many have fallen for the corrupt and evil narrative that has long been broadcast. We will be initiating the Emergency Broadcast System (EMS) during this time in an effort to provide a direct message (avoiding the fake news) to all citizens. Organizations and/or people that wish to do us harm during this time will be met with swift fury"--"-certain laws have been pre-lifted to provide our great military the necessary authority to handle and conduct these operations (at home and abroad).

A state of military control? Messaging that's forced by the government onto the masses? A lifting of basic civil liberties? Brutal suppression of those who oppose the regime? If these ideas don't make you feel uneasy, you must already be down the Q rabbit hole, where anything can be rationalized as long as it serves the end goal.

Falun Gong: a cult that believes Trump is fulfilling an end times prophecy where communism will be destroyed

What's important to understand about these reactionary conspiracy theories is that they aren't emerging from random 4Chan trolls or clickbait pseudo-news sites in Macedonia. They're being amplified by, and in many cases directly produced within, the propaganda centers of the state's intelligence agencies. As WikiLeaks hasassessed, QAnon is very likely a "pied piper" operation by U.S. intelligence, making it no coincidence that former U.S. director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell recently retweeted one of the largest QAnon accounts. It's also no coincidence that Q's explosive rise throughout 2020 has largely been the result of law enforcement members throughout the country coming to believe in the conspiracy.

The same dynamic of CIA-created disinformation being promoted by the centers of power is behind this year's rise of anti-Chinese paranoia. And like is the case for Q, the anti-Chinese propaganda is tied in with a religious ideology that anticipates an apocalyptic confrontation.

Falun Gong, which is behind the increasingly prominent pro-Trump news outlet The Epoch Times, is a China-centered religious group which believes that "Trump was sent by heaven to destroy the Communist Party." Last year the China Tribunal, one of Falun Gong's front groups, published a "report" whichbaselessly claimed that China has been systematically stealing organs from the members of Falun Gong.

The alarming thing about lies like these is that since they serve to advance the U.S. cold war against China, they're regularly promoted and portrayed as serious by all of the mainstream American news outlets. Even this year's absurdly misleading claims from The Epoch Times about how China "covered up" Covid-19 have been amplified by a media landscape that's eager to scapegoat China and communism in general. Like has also been the case for Q, the Trump White House has worked to leverage the lies of Falun Gong in its favor; as soon as Covid-19 began wreaking havoc upon the U.S., Trump started enacting a propaganda program to blame China for the crisis, persuading all of Trump's allies in the right-wing media to parrot the new series of anti-Chinese talking points.

The goal of the Washington imperialists who propagate these narratives is to economically and geopolitically subdue China. The goals of these religious fanatics at the forefront of the anti-Chinese propaganda war go even further; they're the Q followers of the American Sinophobic crowd, complete with their own end times prophecies. As Helen Farley wrote in the 2014 paper Falun Gong: a narrative of pending apocalypse, shape-shifting aliens and relentless persecution:

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John David Podesta Jr. (born January 8, 1949) is an American political consultant who served as White House Chief of Staff to President Bill Clinton from 1998 to 2001 and Counselor to President Barack Obama from 2014 to 2015. Before that, he served in the Clinton Administration as White House Staff Secretary from 1993 to 1995 and White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations from 1997 to 1998. He was an important campaign advisor, and personal friend to Hilary Clinton.

Here are only three examples and a collage from his very large art collection focused on the same general subject:

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There might be some of the details that QAnon didn't quite get right.

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If anyone wants a more accurate version of what Q is, as it's clear this author has only bothered to research hit pieces bent on distorting the truth, there is a version from some one who actually bothered to study it. Here.

And from Zerohedge. Here

Q, the first cult leader who no one knows the identity of and tells his/their followers to think for themselves, by researching publicly available information.

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As for China...listen carefully. Here.

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Yeah!, Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr. and Rush Limbaugh are all

stand up people. Such godly people who love their fellow men.I can't wait for the next tweet! Who can we hate today? Let's see , we can hate China, Dr. Fauci, all those bad health care workers taking money under the table, scientists,immigrants. Well at least they don't put kids in cages. We must respect the rule of law you know.

Listen carefully if you want your mind poisoned!

MAGA!! God will be sending all those evil democrats to hell!

I'll be right with you honey.... I need to get my flag and gun in case I see any illegal

immigrants! Real, real despicable people.

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Hard as they may be to embrace, these are words of Nelson Mandela:

"It was during those long lonely years in prison... [that I came to know] as well as I knew anything that the oppressor must be liberated just as surely as the oppressed. A man who takes away another's freedom is a prisoner of hatred, he is locked behind the bars of prejudice and narrow-mindedness...The oppressed and the oppressor are robbed of their humanity. As I walked out of prison, that was my mission, to liberate the oppressed and the oppressor both."

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Yes, it is hard to embrace, but it is true to a certain extent.

Some people bound by hatred wouldn't want to be set free from it because they like it.

It is also important to remember that "Evil flourishes when good men do nothing."

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I had heard of "Qanon", but had no real idea what it was about. Now I think I know more. Thank you, Ranier Shea, for this view into what's going on in Alt Right Minds.

They might be stronger and more prevalent than I realized.

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nice commie disinformation piece

just say no to Godless baby killing Statist Collectivist Democrats

This is war and there's no place for reasonableness when dealing with Communists who seek to destroy our country. We must speak out forcefully and directly to expose their evil ideology and agenda for America.

There is no more United States if Trump loses

Lets be very clear a vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders, free health care for Illegal immigrants, killing unborn children and possibly those who are newly birthed, a move to a socialist / communist society, ending fossil fuels, nearly a 20% tax increase and the list continues. If a person claims to be a Christian or a person who loves America then I don't see how a person in good conscience can vote for the democratic party. Vote for America.

Defend our liberties-vote Trump

Defend our gun rights-vote Trump

Defend our religious liberties and values-vote Trump!!

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You are very narrow minded Larry. Why is it that the only issue some Christians care about

is abortion and homosexuality? There is the whole list of 10 commandments and also the

teachings of Jesus. That being said I believe abortion is wrong except in the most extenuating circumstances. I also believe homosexuality is a perversion.

Why don't you care about the millions of innocent people that have been killed by this

country, over 1 million Iraqis, but they don't count right?

But let's look further... You complain about Socialism, yet you're probably OK with

the Social Security system, no? Your also probably OK with group health insurance which is a form of Socialism. So if you participate in any of these government programs and decry

Socialism , then you are a hypocrite.

If you value Christian principles why do you support Trump?

Let's see:1) "Thou shall not bear false witness". Trump lies more than anyone on the planet 2) "Thou shall not commit adultery". Trump has had an affair with a porn star.

3)"Thou shall not steal". Trump is a con man who has stolen from many people.

4) "Thou shall not be a lover of money" Trump worships the Golden calf.

5) "Love one another as I have loved you" Trump only loves people who agree with him,

the rest he slanders with falsehoods.

6) Jesus said to humble yourself, Trump is full of pride and arrogance.

The list goes on and on. In fact, Trump resembles the anti-Christ than any other politician I

have witnessed.

Jesus said: "Multitudes will be deceived" and you sir have been deceived. Not only have

you been deceived but you deceive others.

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"Lets be very clear a vote for Democrats is a vote for open borders, free health care for Illegal immigrants."

Weren't Jesus and Mary illegal immigrants when they were trying to flee Herod.

You seem to lack compasssion for the "dregs of society" Larry. Didn't Jesus

say "do not despise the poor". In summary Larry , you are no Christian using the

standards set by Jesus. In fact, he may say "I never knew you."

I will state clearly that you represent a lot of "Christian America", you practice a certain

"Churchianity", but really have no Holy Spirit inside you. You really need a spiritual

awakening.

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"Defend our gun rights-vote Trump".

What did Jesus say? He said : "Put down your sword Peter, those who live by the sword will

die by the sword." How can you call yourself a Christian when you go against the teachings of Christ?

Jesus also said: "He who seeks to save his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for

my sake will gain everlasting life."

If Jesus walked in the churches today he would call the leaders a brood of vipers just like

he did 2000 years ago. He would also say that unless your righteousness exceeds that

of the Republicans and Democrats you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

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A lightsaber is a fictional energy sword featured in the Star Wars franchise. A typical lightsaber is depicted as a luminescent blade of magnetically contained plasma about 3 feet (0.91 m) in length emitted from a metal hilt around 10.5 inches (27 cm) in length.

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Hmmm.... and you posted this because??

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