With a tip of the boonie hat to Brock for the link, so says the ADL: "Rage Grows in America: Anti‑Government Conspiracies. The Three Percenters."
Long-time readers may recall we have encountered the ADL's "militia expert" Mark Pitcavage before.
Back in the 90s, Mark Pitcavage trolled the internet snitching for the FBI, assisted, he said, by "Sparky, the anti-militia dog." Now he works for ADL, and Sparky hasn't been heard from in years. There are conflicting rumors as to his sad fate. One said that Pitcavage sat on him, smothering the poor beast. Other reports say that Pitcavage ate him one day when he was trapped in his apartment by his own paranoia.
Here is Pitcavage's latest.
The Three Percenters are a loosely organized movement that apparently formed in late 2008, centered around an obscure and not particularly accurate Revolutionary War “statistic” that suggested that only 3% of the American population during the Revolutionary War participated as combatants in the war (the actual figure was nearly twice that). Three Percenters claim that they are a modern counterpart to that mythical 3% of American Revolutionary-era patriots.
In the words of one Three Percenter:
“The Three Percent today are gun owners who will not disarm, will not compromise and will no longer back up at the passage of the next gun control act…We will not obey any further circumscription of our traditional liberties and will defend ourselves if attacked…We are committed to the restoration of the Founders’ Republic, and are willing to fight, die, and, if forced by any would-be oppressor, to kill in the defense of ourselves and the Constitution that we all took an oath to uphold against enemies foreign and domestic.”
The movement started on the Internet but eventually moved into the real world, with members designing a flag and military-style patches (some of which appear to have been applied to their uniforms by active duty soldiers). One of the active proponents of the Three Percenters is the Alabama-based Mike Vanderboegh, who in the past has been involved with the militia movement and the anti-immigration border vigilante movement.
To date, the movement is still small, but appears to be growing.
Typical collectivist propaganda. Just because we don't believe in THEIR vision of Federal Leviathan "government" that makes us "anti-government." Personally, I'm pro-government, if you mean a government that is small, safe, inexpensive and maintains ordered liberty and the rule of law without oppressing people.
But an "anti-government 'conspiracy'"? Hmmm. Sounds like they intend prison for the likes of us. Who are we "conspiring" against? If we are conspiring for any purpose it is to maintain what liberty we have left and to regain what has been lost over the last century.
And that, I think, puts us in the good company of other "conspirators" throughout history, starting with Sam Adams and his bunch of rowdy "anti-government" conspirators against King George III.