Friday, March 23, 2012

Anti-government groups increase 755% in three years

Posted By on Fri, Mar 23, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Staggering numbers from the Southern Poverty Law Center show that the number of anti-government groups in the U.S. jumped from 149 in 2008 to 1,274 last year. The center counts 14 such groups in Montana.

"The growth was fueled by superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories, the changing racial makeup of America, and the prospect of four more years under a black president who many on the far right view as an enemy to their country," wrote SPLC.

The center identifies anti-government groups, or the "Patriot movement," as "conspiracy-minded groups that see the federal government as their primary enemy."


In Montana, the groups that made the list included the statewide Order of Constitution Defenders, Militia of Montana in Noxon, and We Are Change, which is based in Missoula.

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