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Capping four years of explosive growth sparked by the election of America’s first black president and anger over the economy, the number of conspiracy-minded antigovernment “Patriot” groups reached an all-time high of 1,360 in 2012, while the number of hard-core hate groups remained above 1,000. As President Obama enters his second term with an agenda of gun control and immigration reform, the rage on the right is likely to intensify. [SNIP]
While the number of hate groups remained essentially unchanged last year — going from 1,018 in 2011 to 1,007 in 2012 — the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) count of 1,360 Patriot groups in 2012 was up about 7% from the 1,274 active in 2011. And that was only the latest growth spurt in the Patriot movement, which generally believes that the federal government is conspiring to take Americans’ guns and destroy their liberties as it paves the way for a global “one-world government.” From a mere 149 organizations in 2008, the number of Patriot groups shot up to 512 in 2009, jumped again to 824 in 2010, and then skyrocketed to 1,274 in 2011 before hitting their all-time high last year.
As much as the political right around the country want to deny the threats that face us from within, the proof is in the pudding. Discussions like gun control, gay rights, and the end of the caucasian majority in this country within the next generation have all contributed to the current environment. And the hate isn't contained within exclusively red and/or southern states: it's widespread. Want to see what groups are active in your state? The SPLC has an Interactive Hate Map you can use. Want to know more? Here's the video the SPLC released to accompany their report: