One would not expect to utter Ron Paul and Incels in the same sentence, but here we are in 2020.
According to a recent report from The Texas Department of Public Safety, reported on by National File, Incels or involuntary celibates were recently added as a domestic terrorism threat.
Back in 2009, a secret Missouri state police report categorized supporters of Congressman Ron Paul, Bob Barr, and [Chuck Baldwin] as “militia influenced terrorists.”
In the article by Chuck Baldwin in Renew America, Baldwin goes on to write:
Ignoring the threat of Muslim terrorists, the Missouri Information Analysis Center (MIAC) report focuses on the so-called “militia movement” and “conflates it with supporters of Ron Paul, Chuck Baldwin, Bob Barr, the so-called patriot movement and other political activist organizations opposed to the North American Union and the New World Order.”
This report is not original, of course. During the Clinton administration, a Phoenix Federal Bureau of Investigation and Joint Terrorism Task Force explicitly designated “defenders” of the Constitution as “right-wing extremists.” However, the MIAC report significantly expands on earlier documents and is the first known document to actually name names.
As previously reported by National File, on the threat of incels, the report begins by stating, “Although not a new movement, Involuntary Celibates (Incels) are an emerging domestic terrorism threat as current adherents demonstrate marked acts or threats of violence in furtherance of their social grievance.”
The document recognizes that incels are not a united or cohesive movement in the introductory sentence, but goes on to report, “Once viewed as a criminal threat by many law enforcement authorities, Incels are now seen as a growing domestic terrorism concern due to the ideological nature of recent Incel attacks internationally, nationwide, and in Texas.”
For those unclear on the definition of incels, the report defined incels as follows:
Involuntary celibate (Incel) actors blame women and society for their failure to develop intimate relationships. Many advocate the use of violence against persons, both women and men, they perceive to be successfully engaging in such relationships. Following a mass shooting attack by Elliott Rodger in 2014, many Incels praise him as the “Supreme Gentleman” and support the idea of similar attacks, sometimes called an “Incel Rebellion.” Incels utilize symbology in their communications, particularly in language. They refer to attractive women as “Staceys” and unattractive women as “Beckys.” “Chads” (alpha males) are men perceived as desirable to attractive women.
The report went onto say, “At least three issues have historical links to inspiring acts of force or violence in the United States: abortion, environmental concerns, and animal rights.
“Support for terrorist acts related to these issues has ebbed and flowed over the past few decades, but continues to exist in various shapes and forms today.
“Additionally, recent mass attacks by individuals associated with the Incel movement have thrust this issue
from a relatively obscure online movement driven by predominately personal grievances, to a fourth type of single issue domestic terrorism.”
A lot can change in a decade.
The growing so-called incel movement–which actually isn’t a movement, but unhappy atomized young men posting online–and Ron Paul supporters have been lumped in with “domestic terrorism.”
In the Renew America article, a veteran was shocked to be associated with such strong terms for his opposition to the Federal Reserve.
Tim Neal, a elegate to the 2008 Missouri Republican state convention, said when he saw the report, “‘I was going down the list and thinking, ‘Check, that’s me,’ I’m a Ron Paul supporter, check. I talk about the North American union, check. I’ve got the ‘America: Freedom to Fascism’ video loaned out to somebody right now. So that means I’m a domestic terrorist? Because I’ve got a video about the Federal Reserve?’”
The accusations carry a lot of weight and can ruin lives.
Many individuals have been unpersoned online for espousing problematic views or by being associated with politically incorrect causes.