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  •  yes but differently than you expect. (2+ / 0-)
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    shiobhan, Lonely Texan

    We have a history of Supreme Court rulings, from the one that legalized contraception, to the most recent that struck down all state laws that criminalized homosexual sex, so they can't quite go for a pogrom here, or at least not one that is carried out lawfully.

    What they can do, and very obviously are doing is using Uganda and other countries as test cases for their methods of gaining political power.

    Look up everything Trout has written about "spiritual mapping" in places such as Newark New Jersey.  "Spiritual mapping" is an example of a "dual use" technique, by which is meant "peaceful or otherwise."  

    It can serve as a means of political organizing in normal times, to help the extremists mobilize precinct walkers and get votes.

    It can serve as a means of carrying out an agenda of bigotry by using existing private-sector and public-sector means: for example in choosing where to locate new businesses and provide economic development, and where to red-line.  

    And in the event the proverbial shit ever hits the fan, it can serve as a means of knowing where to send the brownshirts.

    But the most important use is to be able to focus their efforts at mobilizing voters.  

    This also applies to all of the other techniques being used by these groups: test them overseas, bring them back to the US.  What types of propaganda work in what types of communities?   What are the hottest-button issues?  How to organize?  How to infiltrate government?  How to use the private-sector economy to reinforce rewards and punishments?  

    The real danger of these groups is not that they'll somehow manage to start an overt civil war via organized acts of terrorism (the Huttarees show what happens to people who try that).  

    The real danger is that they will use purely ordinary and ho-hum means to gain the power they seek.  

    •  Absolutely. (1+ / 0-)
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      Geek2Geek, well put.  It is ALL about power.

      While not an expert on the history of their thought like Trout, through an accident of birth, I know a good many of these people and have been concerned for 30 years or so.  They have been organizing/studying power techniques in African nations for a while now.  The "mapping" of Newark really seems to me to be a tipping point of sorts.  I was alarmed to see them moving out into the community, beyond social programs, churches and schools, beyond proselitizing to confrontational and intimidating acts.

      The attitudes of those I know who are leaders in this movement have hardened also.  From a loving "I will pray for you to come to know the 'truth'", to a "God will break you" type of rhetoric and suspicious, vengeful, rage-filled demeanor right up front.  Many of them have, with no provocation tried to verbally assault and intimidate me or any other person around them who is not of that mindset.  Their services have always been scary (I couldn't stand them as a child) but the clips I see now are more strident.  

      I personally can't handle too much research of the leaders and their speeches and conferences, and seem to have missed some of the detail of the NAR growing so militant.  I knew from their Dominionist speech years ago it was coming.  However, it is still shocking to see it in action.

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