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    Joy Busey

    I'm very disturbed by just about everything about these movements. I tend to go back and forth between merely disturbed and scared shitless.

    The conclusion I'm beginning to come to, though, is that the rise of these groups will most likely be along the lines of the rise of groups like the KKK.

    Historically, the KKK began as small groups of intense hatred and prejudice arising out of a sense of victim-hood and fighting the "noble fight" to restore something lost. As the organization grew, it metastisized throughout much of American society in various ways.

    There were various, hard-core groups, the "church militant" you might say. Then throughout the country there were various levels of support, tolerance, mild irritation, opposition and militant opposition. These varied widely according to geography, but there was overall a pretty wide acceptance of the less-militant goals and "feelings" behind the KKK as long as they tended to display the more "noble" face, and kept hidden the more violent and hate-filled face.

    What lost them their support eventually was a wide-spread feeling that the original premise under which they operated, the inherent superiority of WASPs, was no longer acceptable or true. Society moved on, mostly, from that particular superstition.

    I see a similar arc for this particular brand of superstition. We're still early in the arc and have a long way to go. I believe there will grow larger core groups of the kind mentioned in this and other excellent diaries. These will be the militant center, with waves of various levels of support and agreement through much of the rest of society, moving out through to militant resistance.

    I'm hopeful that eventually, because of the numbers of these people and the essentially distasteful extremism of their true goals, that support for this brand of superstition will eventually fall away. We may seem like an amazingly 'religious' country, but there are signs that we're becoming more and more secular at the core. People will be unwilling to forgo wonderous new medical discoveries (most likely made in other countries without our self-imposed superstitious ignorance) just because they came from "evil sources."

    In the end, people will vote with self-interest, but only when it's so obvious that they can't help but notice. When wonderful medical cures are outlawed, and when their favorite jiggly sit-com or trashy romance novel is censored, then, and only then, will people sit up and reject the crazies. It won't be the banning of science and reason, it won't be the turning of non-Christians into second-class citizens, it will be the loss of the day-time soap operas that will mobilize the bulk of the American public.

    But before that can happen, it can get a whole lot worse in this country. And I have a feeling that it will mean a long-dark spell for a once great nation. I like, and fear, Kevin Phillips' term, a "National Disenlightenment."

    Plane Crazy

    "Fight-em 'till Hell freezes over, then fight-em on the ice." David Van Os

    by PlaneCrazy on Thu Oct 05, 2006 at 03:52:58 AM PDT

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