Thursday, November 02, 2017

Why the far right believes a US civil war will start on Saturday

Since late September, ‘alt-right’ members have advanced the idea that anti-fascist groups will begin a violent insurrection on 4 November. But no antifa groups are planning to protest – so what gives?

Some websites are telling their readers that antifa groups are “planning to kill every single Trump voter, Conservative and gun owner” this weekend. Hundreds of Facebook posts show how seriously consumers of such media are taking the news, and comments like “One more threat against white people and I swear to God I’m going to take a goddamn car and run over every fucking one of them” are not unrepresentative of the response.

But antifa groups have no plans to protest that day, and the small leftist groups who are planning protests have only dubious connections to the antifa movement. So what gives?

The whole thing rests on some very slender reeds, according to Spencer Sunshine, who recently wrote a report on the theories for the far right-monitoring group Political Research Associates. In the conspiracy underground on YouTube, he explains, there has been talk that “there was going to be a civil war” starting in November for some months.

Read the rest here.


Lawrence Hall, HSG said...

Is it okay if I go to breakfast with friends instead?

unreconstructed rebel said...

As this whole Russia thing unfolds, we are now being told that our two political parties spent a total of 2.7 billion (with a "B") bucks without much effect while the Russians ruined everything while spending a crummy $100,000 on well placed ads on Facebook. Really? I find that hard to believe. Maybe some political consultants need to be fired, but that is another story.

My point is I think this whole Internet thing is being overblown. If you look closely at what happened in Charlottesville, there are just not that many KKKers.

I am not worried.

vcopa said...

Hmmmm. . . These rabble rousers should have planned better. Tomorrow is the deer hunting opener in Minnesota so the gun owners in these parts will be active. Though, come to think of it, perhaps they were counting on all the blaze orange to identify the gun owners?!?

Deacon Nicholas said...

Is it really necessary to draw attention to every nutcake in our sick culture?

unreconstructed rebel said...

Anything come of this? Not much to see in my part of town.