Cheerleading the Apocalypse
Why a coalition of fascists is intentionally driving us off a cliff
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While my focus is on the network and operations behind the current global fascist insurgency, it’s important to remember that this is not one “plan” by a secret cabal, it is a “coalition of the willing” to borrow a phrase abused by George W. Bush.
The instability, hatred and rising threats of violence, specifically the push towards “race war,” “holy war,” “spiritual war,” etc. from propagandists is not just rhetoric. It’s the actual goal, not just of a few extremists, but of large swaths of society.
By example, the apocalyptic, “End Times” evangelical Christian movement has been festering and metastasizing for many decades, but really began to bloom in the 1990s when a series of books called “Left Behind” became a sort of Harry Potter for christofascists. It was written by Tim LaHaye, one of the most virulent propagandists in modern history, who was also a conspiracy theorist—and a founder of the Council for National Policy (CNP).
The CNP has been instrumental in attempting to bring the apocalyptic, chaotic world of LaHaye’s books to real life, including helping Mike Flynn and others interfere with the 2016 election and creating some of the infrastructure and logistics for the January 6th insurrection.
It’s worth noting that Tim LaHaye’s beliefs stem from the childhood trauma of losing his father at nine years old and being promised by a minister that his father will rise from the dead during the “Rapture.”
The “Left Behind” series blossomed into a huge franchise of “Christian” movies. children’s books, and merchandising. But the core fiction of these books and the ideology they represent is incredibly disturbing. There is to be a “tribulation” soon in which the Antichrist will rise to Earth to cause violence and chaos among humanity.
But after certain conditions are met, some people, including those dead and buried, will begin to rise toward Heaven to be saved. Only those who believed in Jesus Christ, however, will get a ride. The rest of humanity will be left to burn on a cinder while the “saved” watch—as depicted on the cover of the first book.
This fantasy of apocalypse that will cleanse humanity of the unbelievers is made worse by the fundamentally antisemitic idea that a condition of the “Rapture” occurring is that Jerusalem must be occupied by Christians, who will rise to meet Jesus, while the Jews will be “left behind” to die. This is a genocidal fantasy that has been indoctrinated into a generation as an inevitability, so they are trying to accelerate it’s arrival.
This is why Donald Trump moved the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. To provide validation from the President of the United States that their christofascist fantasy is coming to life.
Tim LaHaye and the CNP were largely funded by christofascists in the oil and gas industry—who also funded climate change denial. Ask yourself why.
The reason is that the Earth burning to a cinder provides them a two-fer. It makes them rich from selling more oil, and it gives them a rationalization for causing humanity to melt in the process. All the “good people” will be saved anyway. The rest of us will “left behind.”
I, for one, do not intend to allow a white supremacist with Daddy issues to drive us to existential destruction.
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