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Sunday, January 20, 2019

III% Militia: Purveyors of Conspiracies and Mired in Paranoia

Since many of us who are watching developments on the far-right in this country have been focused on the reactionary Yellow Vest protests I thought I would take a look at how other extremists are viewing the movement. There is a great deal of overlap of course as groups and individuals covered on this blog, in some cases for over a decade, gravitate towards the movement. Among those groups are the III% militia, the most active of which are in Quebec and Alberta. Looking at the Alberta page, one sees posts such as this:

Right. Not a hate group.

Such claims are sort of undermined when the Alberta leader posts comments such as this:

It shouldn't surprise anyone that the III% militia would use language like this to describe those whom they disagree with ideologically, nor should anyone be surprised when members who are attracted to the militia also perpetuate ridiculous conspiracy theories without a shred of self-reflection:

I've posted a number of screen shots in the past in which members of the III% militia in Alberta attribute all sort events to dark, nefarious, forces (Muslims, "antifa", George Soros, "Zionists", liberals, "communists", etc). They have continued to claim that forest and grass fires are the result of Jihadists who have training camps throughout northern Canada for example.... though they also deny climate change which may do just a bit more to explain the intensity of said fires. They also frequently claim that any statement by any Muslim at any time and anywhere under any circumstances is a lie:

I somehow have suspicions about the provenience of this screen shot

More recently though they have latched onto the QAnon conspiracy theory to make sense of the world of darkness they have created in their own minds:

The III% militia isn't alone in perpetuating these baseless conspiracies. They are found on the pages of the Canadian Combat Coalition, Northern Guard, Yellow Vest Canada, the Nouns of Odin (Soldiers, Sons, and Wolves), among others.

What makes the III% perhaps more of a concern is that they seem to be rather heavily armed and itching to use those weapons:

In 1995, Carl Sagan published "Demon Haunted World." That look into the future has proved to be sadly prophetic:

Hate groups like the III% militia claim they are angry at politicians lying to them. This isn't true.

They want politicians to lie to them so long as the lies they are told are those that they already believe (despite the evidence) and in which they take comfort.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Robert Jones Embraces Fascism

During the years I've been working on the blog there have been a few characters that have stuck out not only for their racist, antisemitic, homophobic, and/or Islamophobic views, but also for being bloody odd.

One such figure is Robert Jones:

Jones has been a frequent participant in a number of far-right protests in Ontario as well as at least one in Quebec. An American from Virginia living in Canada (I'm not sure if he's a permanent resident or a naturalized citizen), he appears to be married and may have adult children living in the United States, but other than that I admit that I haven't done a great deal of research into his personal biography. One thing that seems evident though is that he has an overarching need to belong to a group, but always seems to eventually alienate himself from the other members and gets himself kicked out.

He has been a member of the Soldiers of Odin.... before getting kicked out:

A Proud Boy from which he was also turfed:

He is a long time supporter of the JDL, though a now deleted post that I didn't think to save suggests tension with that group now:

A member of Ukip AND the French National Front:

He's currently a member of the far-right white nationalist group the Northern Guard:

And finally, he has grasped onto the Yellow Vests:

In short, he seems to view far-right white nationalist groups as a game of Pokemon and is trying to collect them all.

Finally, he quite literally worships Donald Trump:

You may think his over the top expression of love for Trump is at least a bit of a joke. It isn't.

Given his attraction to both authoritarianism....

.... and cults of personality, it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Robert Jones would embrace fascism:

Jones has embraced fascism, specifically Italian fascism, as a "solution" to what he considers the problem of liberalism. He in part justifies this by suggesting that fascism is distinct an anathema to National Socialism despite, you know, actual history:

At the same time he attempts to rehabilitate and defend the actions of some of the great monsters of history and suggests that they are models that the current occupant of the White House might emulate:

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Almost all of these posts have been deleted from Robert Jones' Facebook profile, but I figure that collecting them might prove to be useful at a later date.