Political Views of Arizona Suspect Jared Lee Loughner Related to Third Position or National Anarchism?

From the Department of I only have my right arm!

Ernesto Aguilar has had a crack at sorting out the bizarro views of alleged mass murderer Jared Lee Loughner. Ernesto (see below) reckons that Loughner’s political perspective may be in closest accord with the bizarro neo-fascist and White supremacist kvlt known as ‘Third Positionism’ or ‘national anarchism’. I’m unconvinced. Loughner’s political opinions, such as they may be, are couched in terms which suggest that they are not, to put it mildly, the outcome of rational analysis but, rather more obviously, serious mental illness. As such, imputing a sensible worldview to the unfortunate Loughner is fraught with difficulty, and his online persona lends itself to all sorts of interpretations. Anyway, God Hates Fags.

In Australia meanwhile, the staff at Whitelaw Towers (Jim Perren and Peter Campbell) have revealed that the leader and likely only member of the ‘Western Australian National Anarchists’ is an UWA student named Nicholas Cole. As far as I can tell, Nicholas, is The Last Aryan Man Standing as far as the groupuscule in Australia is concerned, its fuhrer Welf Herfurth having now opted to join a neo-Nazi skinhead gang called ‘Volksfront Australia’, and his most excitable teenage follower, Scott Harrison, having chosen to join a White supremacist kvlt known as ‘Creativity’. The bad blood between the Australia First Party (Whitelaw Towers) and the Australian Protectionist Party (Nicholas Cole), as well as that between Volksfront (Herfurth) and Blood & Honour (Harrison), will presumably continue to produce friction and leaks of one kind or another.

In other exciting development(s), the blog known as ‘National Anarchist Women’ has become ‘Europid Musings’: a ‘Europid’ being, I presume, synonymous with Caucasian; hence White. (Or possibly not. Who knows? Eighteenth century German scholar Johann Friedrich Blumenbach was perhaps the first to nominate ‘White’ people as being ‘Caucasian’.) In any event, my favourite ‘national anarchist’ blog is by Lloyd Lacy, who currently holds the dubious honour of being the only black to publicly endorse the weirdoes. That Lloyd (aka Afro/Indigenous Fascist Party) admires Hitler and the Nazis, hates Jews, and believes that a secretive cabal of Levantines run the world is not exactly an obstacle to his joining the masses flocking to the N/A banner…

    The political ideology of Jared Lee Loughner, arrested in weekend Arizona shootings resulting in two deaths and the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ), is still being debated. However, his viewpoints brought for me association with an odd “post-left” stripe of quasi-anarchist politics, which I am curious about investigating.

    In addition, when I heard about Loughner and the fight over his beliefs, I wondered if his philosophy might be neither what the left or right thinks, and instead be a hybrid of many beliefs — not unlike the Third Position politics seemingly popular with outfits like American Renaissance,[*] a group he is allegedly connected with — inside what seems to be a deranged mind.

    First, there’s a good bit of study indicating Jared Lee Loughner may harbor more than a few ultraright perspectives.

    Media reports indicating Loughner may have ties to the racist American Renaissance group are among issues remarked on by researchers. Jared Taylor of AR, for his part, denied the accusations. Such may be simply gamesmanship; the Southern Poverty Law Center has nailed various groups and individuals for millions of dollars in damages for crimes committed by followers.

    The SPLC’s Hatewatch notes Loughner’s references to grammar echo the writings of far-right conspiracy theorist David Wynn Miller, who believes the government uses grammar to enslave Americans. [See also : Language: Origin and Meaning / Time And its Discontents, John Zerzan.] Political Research Associates’ Chip Berlet says Jared Loughner’s reputed writings on a “second” U.S. Constitution is a common calling card of the far right, which contends post-Reconstruction amendments are invalid.

    Regardless, conservatives are tagging Loughner a leftist. There are at least some whiffs of that as well.

    Among the references includes Twitter posts by someone who reportedly knew Jared Loughner. Confirmation of that relationship is still unclear. The right also says his interest in The Communist Manifesto and burning U.S. flags in his Youtube videos makes him left-leaning.

    Few in the media are talking about Third Position politics, a fringe belief that there is an alternative to socialism and capitalism and which has a white supremacist edge to its vision of power. Folks like Tom Metzger, who lost a suit brought by the SPLC in 1990 for crimes committed by skinheads under his tutelage, are advocates of it. And, though American Renaissance isn’t publicly associated as a Third Position group, its line could easily be seen in that light.

    For people interested in radicalism, it is easy to mistake more sinister (e.g. racist) militancy for run-of-the-mill protest. Extremes of the libertarian left and right, not unlike those espoused by Loughner, see the end of government as an ideal from which they can create a better society. For some, such ideas are revolutionary, even patriotic.

    To be clear, many left and right anarchists do not support Jared Loughner. However, one anti-authoritarian view on this tragedy notwithstanding, it seemed to me some of what we apparently know so far of Loughner’s seemingly contradictory ideas fit nicely into a belief system called national anarchism.

    National anarchism, which has held itself outside the left and right spectrums, has been around for decades. Its politics are solidly anti-statist, extreme libertarian and racist. Not quite fascist (national anarchism rejects Nazism and fascism) nor left (rejecting feminism and interracial dating, among other items), national anarchists consider themselves revolutionaries. The Wikipedia page should give you a little background.

    Left anarchists contend national anarchism attempts to coopt their politics and have been battling national anarchists for years. A 2010 brawl resulted in several arrests.

    BoingBoing recently posted transcripts of Loughner’s Youtube videos and a remark from someone who claims to have known Loughner (calling him very liberal). One transcript reads:

    If I define terrorist then a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

    I define terrorist.

    Thus, a terrorist is a person who employs terror or terrorism, especially as a political weapon.

    If you call me a terrorist then the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem. You call me a terrorist.

    Thus, the argument to call me a terrorist is Ad hominem.

    Every United States Military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix is receiving one mini bible before the tests.

    Jared Loughner is a United States Military recruit at MEPS in Phoenix.

    Therefore, Jared Loughner is receiving one mini bible before the tests.

    I didn’t write a belief on my Army application, and the recruiter wrote on the application: None.

    The majority of citizens in the United States of America have never read the United States of America’s Constitution.

    You don’t have to accept the federalist laws.

    Nonetheless, read the United States of America’s Constitution to apprehend all of the current treasonous laws.

    You’re literate, listener?

    If the property owners and government official are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from a revolution then the revolutionary’s from the revolution are in control of the land and laws.

    The property owners and government officials are no longer in ownership of their land and laws from a revolution.

    Thus, the revolutionary’s from the revolution are in control of the land and laws.

    Undoubtedly, Loughner is interested in some traditionally far-right beliefs related to the Constitution and law. However, his preoccupation with being a terrorist and revolutionary reminded me of many a leftist I’ve known. If the comments about his left leanings are to be believed, Loughner’s alleged American Renaissance ties (to be proven) and anti-state opinions reminded me of national anarchism, which is a marginalized belief for both right and left.

    More is sure to come out in the next few days.

    Talking Points Memo reports Loughner will be represented in court by Judy Clarke, who represented “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski and assisted in the case of confessed al-Qaeda operative Zacarias Moussaoui.

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11 Responses to Political Views of Arizona Suspect Jared Lee Loughner Related to Third Position or National Anarchism?

  1. Pingback: Jared Lee Loughner Insanity Contentions Avoid Exceptionalism, Ideology | Ernesto Aguilar

  2. @ndy says:

    In reply to Ernesto:

    G’day,

    A few thoughts.

    First, I acknowledge that distinctions regarding mental health are often highly politically charged; that the designation of mental illness (or insanity in this case) is sometimes used as a means to silence or to obscure otherwise challenging ideas and behaviours; that in this instance, such rhetoric may be over-played or otherwise serve to undermine an attempt to understand the meaning and significance of what Loughner is alleged to have done. Secondly, that Loughner’s actual mental state cannot be accurately or objectively assessed merely on the basis of media accounts or the content of a handful of YouTube videos he is widely understood as having authored. That said…

    It seems to me that, in general and as many others including yourself have remarked, discussion of Loughner’s political views is governed by other considerations, ones which have a good deal more to do with political football than political analysis. Thus few wish to claim Loughner as one of their own, but many wish to slate home his horrific crimes to their political opponents. Much of this rhetoric is extremely crass, but even for those who wish to use the shootings in this fashion, the task is rendered that much more difficult on the basis of Loughner’s own statements, these being largely nonsensical and very strongly indicative of delusional thinking. Further, to this point, I’m not aware of any statement by Loughner explaining his (alleged) actions, or claiming them to have been conducted in pursuit of some particular goal. (Note that none of these concerns should be read as meaning that a proper discussion of the meaning and significance of what Loughner (allegedly) did should not take place, or that the shootings are not in some way indicative of a broader trend within US politics, or symptomatic of a more general hostility to government (and so on).)

    Regarding Kaczynski: yes, many claimed that he was insane. Perhaps he is (and if he wasn’t prior to his incarceration, chances are he is now). But Kaczynski’s campaign was conducted over a very long period of time, and the rationale behind it he explained at great length in his manifesto (the 35,000-word essay ‘Industrial Society and Its Future’); one which, on pain of death, he insisted be published by major media, precisely so that it could reach a wider audience, and thereby contribute to some broader discussion regarding ‘Industrial Society and Its Future’. In other words, there was a method to Kaczynski’s madness, and the real leap in logic he undertook–if it can be described as such–was the one beginning with his understanding of industrial society and that ending with his manufacturing potentially lethal letter bombs and sending these to various individuals in the mail.

    Speaking of madness, I also think it worthwhile acknowledging that a enormous array of ideas and behaviours can be classified as suggesting some form of mental illness, and that Loughner’s own condition will necessarily be distinguished from a host of others. On the basis of the currently available evidence, however, I don’t think that he can legitimately be placed alongside of those who (merely) exhibit eccentric and/or aggressive behaviour. On the contrary, his (alleged) behaviour would appear to be murderously savage.

    Finally, I think you’re right to draw attention to American exceptionalism: far worse crimes are daily being committed, many in defence of US imperialism. To the extent that focus upon Loughner’s (alleged) crimes obscures attention being properly directed at far more serious ones, it’s regrettable (although perfectly understandable, given the nature of the US mass media and US popular culture).

    Oh, and I’m not entirely sure what you mean when you refer to “an important evolution in modern politics”.

    Cheers.

  3. inglourious_basterd says:

    The first thing that struck me about Loughner was that his actions and his reported writings and utterances were more Virginia Tech than V for Vendetta.

    However we all know that the mentally fragile are attracted to extremist politics, firstly because extremism often resonates with distortions in cognitive processing and secondly because many of these fringe organisations will practice a form of “love-bombing” also practised by religious cults in an effort to integrate prospective loner recruits to their cause.

    As far as the seriousness of Loughner’s alleged crimes vis a vis US criminal actions in pursuit of exceptionalism and hegemony, I tend to regard the deliberate shooting of a number of people as serious, given also that one of the victims is a child. There is no sliding scale of murder, whether sanctioned by the state or done by an individual. It is still murder.

  4. @ndy says:

    Moar awesomeness from the famous anti-Nazi hunter Lyndon LaRouche.

    LaRouche: To Blame Sarah Palin for the Shooting of Rep. Giffords is a Crime
    January 9th, 2011

    Statement

    Lyndon LaRouche said today that the version of the story about the shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona on Saturday presented thus far is not believable. On the one hand, it is clear that the perpetrator who was apprehended is a nutty kid. On the other hand, the targeting of Sarah Palin is a tip off that the story is a fake and that someone is using the kid who carried out the shooting.

    There is a widespread effort on the part of the press to attempt to make a hero out of a woman, Rep. Giffords, who had the wrong policy on health care. An attempt is being made to use the case to attack Sarah Palin, who had targeted Giffords and 19 other Congressmen for defeat in the last election because of their vote for Obama’s Nazi health bill.

    LaRouche said that this is a tip off that something is phony in the story being put forward now by people who support the Obama T-4 policy. Giffords was on the wrong side morally. The kid who shot her and others is clearly a nut, a psychotic. But his action is now being used to attack Sarah Palin, who did nothing wrong in targeting supporters, including Giffords, of the Obama health bill for defeat in the last election.

    LaRouche said that anyone who attacks Sarah Palin is implicitly pro-Hitler.

    He emphasized that the following distinction needs to be made. First, there has to be a further investigation of what happened. This includes the question as to whether the gunman acted alone or whether the other individual caught on surveillance tapes played some role in the events.

    And second, the press build up of the attack on Sarah Palin is a tipoff that something is phony, that the attack is being used to promote something else.

    The attack itself is a criminal atrocity. Then you have what the press is doing as an official line. LaRouche said that what the press is doing in attacking Sarah Palin is as bad a crime as the crime itself. It is criminal to try to put blame on people who are anti-genocide. The events in Arizona were not caused by people who attacked a pro-genocide policy. The actions of a nut case are being used to build up a witchhunt against people who correctly oppose the murderous, genocide policy epitomized by the Obama T-4 policy.

    In effect there are two crimes. First the crime against the Congresswoman and second the crime against Sarah Palin.

    LaRouche said it is a toss up as to which is a worse crime. Somebody is trying to use a crime as an after the fact justification for a pro-genocide line. The attack on Sarah Palin is the fraud. The Congresswoman’s support for Obama’s health policy was wrong.

    larouchepac.com/node/17141

  5. @ndy says:

    On his so-called ‘weblog’ “Bob”–whom we are expected to believe is from the fictitious city of “Brockley”–produces black propaganda on behalf of The Gnomes of Zurich, in an elaborate bait–and–switch he’s dubbed ‘Conspiracy theories’; hoping, presumably, that the bandwagon effect will obscure The Big Lie produced by his dog-whistling in the echo chamber that is The Controlled Media (along with its useful idiots in the blogosphere), and that through generating fear, uncertainty and doubt, a virtual show trial employing subliminal stimuli can successfully be arranged, one intended to place this latest false-flag operation out of sight and out of mind.

  6. @ndy says:

    The English Language Has Been Deliberately Modified to Enslave Us!

    :JUDGE: David-Wynn: Miller came to Australia in July/August 2010… and I missed him! Damn! Nexus is AWESOME!

    Questions and answers on conspiracy theory
    Duncan Roads
    Online Opinion
    June 20, 2007

    “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the [f]ield of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organised, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.” ~ Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom (1913)

    What is Conspiracy Theory?

    “Conspire” from Latin literally means “breathe with” or “breathe together”. A “conspiracy theory” attempts to explain the ultimate cause of an event or chain of events as a secret plot by a covert alliance.

    If blockbuster books and movies are anything to go by, everyone loves a good conspiracy theory. Whether it is James Bond battling some secret group of mad scientists, or a secret arm of the CIA with its own agenda – conspiracy theories are the bread and butter of much entertainment. Yes Prime Minister anyone?

    And why not? Isn’t everyone […] involved in a conspiracy at some time in their lives? Children conspire against parents and teachers; workers against bosses; and country against country – I would argue that it is part of human nature.

    But given all this, the term “conspiracy theory” is still successfully used to ridicule or denigrate the credibility of anyone in the public eye who dares mention secret agendas, covert plots or sinister deals.

    How prevalent is conspiracist sentiment in Australian society, and where does it most often surface – on the left or right, in churches or mosques, among new agers and environmentalists?

    After 20 years of active communication with conspiracy thinkers of all variations, I can make the following observations:

    The born again, fundamentalist Christian movement has the greatest number of conspiracy theorists. For them, at the heart of it all, is Satan. Most believe in international secret power groups conspiring (with Satan) to bring a world government, a cashless global currency, and a biochip implant aka Mark of the Beast.

    A growing number of new agers are examining conspiracy theories dealing with history, science, and the paranormal. Nearly all the “new age channelers” include in their theories variations of evil non-physical entities with a hidden agenda to bring about a one-world government and more. Nearly all UFO believers accept the concept that someone in authority, somewhere, knows more about UFOs than we are being told, and that this is being covered up.

    The UFO community tend to believe that such authority rests with groups and organisations “higher” up a chain of command than governments, and that there is an active conspiracy to keep information from the media and the public.

    The bulk of environmentalists draw from the left wing and academic sections of society, where conspiracy theories are not generally entertained.

    How influential are groups with conspiracist tendencies on Australian political life?

    While there ARE a large number of people who believe in grand conspiracies, they are not united. Even the growing numbers of born-again Christians are not represented by their own “mainstream” religious figureheads. All share a common belief in the “evidence” of the existence of conspiracies (i.e. secret power groups, famous quotes and so on), but vary greatly in what to do about it in terms of political action.

    What can be done to prevent conspiracist ideas gaining more influence in a society increasingly immersed in cyberspace communications?

    The age of cyberspace communications is seeing the access to, and transmission of, information on a unprecedented scale in recorded history. This is an information haemorrhage that is simultaneously clearing up many older conspiracy theories while breeding new ones.

    However two significant factors exist that allow and encourage the growth of conspiracy thinking:

    Secrecy: Remove secrecy and you remove conspiracies. Conspiracies can ONLY flourish in an environment of secrecy. If decision makers are fully and transparently accountable to the public, then conspiracies cannot exist. If “national security” or “commercial in confidence” was removed – you would have few, if any conspiracies.

    The media: [P]purveyors of Internet-based information are noticing a discrepancy with what can be found on the net, compared with what is reported in the mainstream media. The lack of coverage of a story, or the spin given to a story – give further ammunition to informed readers and viewers that conspiracies exist, and that the media is complicit in a possible conspiracy.

    Conspiracy theories either flourish or die with each injection of new information, thus cyberspace becomes a two-edged sword to their very existence. To prevent conspir[a]cist ideas from gaining more influence there needs to be more accountability and transparency in all sectors of society.

  7. @ndy says:

    Sarah Palin opines on “America’s Enduring Strength”.

    “But especially within hours of a tragedy unfolding, journalists and pundints [sic] should not manufacture a blood libel that serves only to incite the very hatred and violence that they purport to condemn. That is reprehensible.”

    LaRouche said that anyone who attacks Sarah Palin is implicitly pro-Hitler.
    Journalists and pundints attack Sarah Palin.
    Hence, journalists and pundints is in need of sleep.
    Are you not seeing that rare bird on my shoulder?

    Sarah Palin: “America’s Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

  8. Piltdown says:

    As usual this site is the place to come if you are interested in understanding the weirdo right.

    I love a good conspiracy but if it is some guy passing pig iron for cows leave me out.

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