As promised, here is the follow-up blog post to, “Sovereign Citizens: The Rise of Pseudolegal Extremist Movements,” which contains the transcript of relevant portions from the conspiracy film “Kymatica.”
Falling for conspiracy theories on the internet can destroy your life by taking a drastic toll on relationships with family and friends, leaving you isolated and vulnerable to duplicitous “online communities.” The study, “Changing Conspiracy Beliefs through Rationality and Ridiculing,” also noted that, “Conspiracy theory (CT) beliefs can be harmful” (Orosz 2016).
Researchers of this study found that both “rationality speech” and “ridiculing speech” were effective in reducing belief in conspiracy theories among a small sampling of Hungarians (Dolan 2016).
The least effective method of communication, persuasion is “empathetic speech,” emotional appeals have very little influence when it comes to changing the beliefs of a conspiracist: “Rational and ridiculing arguments were effective in reducing CT, whereas empathizing with the targets of CTs had no effect” (Orosz 2016).
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“Sovereign Citizens,” “Freeman on the Land,” and “Kymatica”
The recent killings carried out by the white supremacist, terrorist Jeremy Christian in Portland, Oregon brought national attention to many of the extremists living in the United States.
Despite all of this attention, however, the average person still might not be familiar with the details of some of the other extremist “movements” that continue to operate under the radar in the US, and abroad, year after year.
This blog is going to introduce two similar “pseudolegal” movements known as the “Sovereign Citizens” and the “Freeman on the Land” (FOTL). It will also look at the New-Age film “Kymatica,” which acts as an introductory video to the ideology of these movements.
The only real difference between the sovereign citizen and the FOTL movements is that sovereign citizens are considered by the FBI to be the larger, more dangerous group with an estimated number of 300,000 plus adherents as of 2010 (MacNab 2012).
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