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August 16, 2006 6:30 PM   Subscribe

Why are political extremists so interested in UFOs? The Nation of Islam has its “Great Mother Wheels.” Their melanin-challenged brethren in the Neo-Nazi movement have the myth of Neu Schwabenland, an Antarctic redoubt where the remnants of the Third Reich fled after the war, with the U.S. military in hot pursuit. There, hidden among the ice and the Emperor Penguins, the frostbitten Aryans plotted to reconquer the world. To that end, they created a fleet of UFOs, using top-secret Nazi technology that They don’t want you to know about. Nizkor has recreated pamphlets published by the Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel on this topic, one of which includes a helpful list of German phrases to be used during an encounter of the Third Kind. (This myth is also covered in the eighth chapter of this book.)
posted by jason's_planet (21 comments total)

 
It's worth noting that crazies with no political agenda are interested in UFO's too, and arguably a much greater percentage of generic crazies are into them then political extremists.


That said, I dunno.
posted by ®@ at 6:35 PM on August 16, 2006


Why are political extremists so interested in UFOs?

Because they're already batshit insane? UFO belief is just one more small step on the continuum.
posted by Standeck at 6:37 PM on August 16, 2006


one more small step on the continuum.

One more dish at the all-you-can-believe buffet.
posted by boaz at 6:44 PM on August 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


From the "Official U.F.O Investigator Pass:"

The most frequently observed shapes of U.F.O.'s, as reported from around the world. Note similarity to actual German Flying Saucers.

Oh! That's why they look so familiar.
posted by Iridic at 6:59 PM on August 16, 2006


Not that I believe in UFOs, but it's interesting to think that UFO == crackpot could be a form of disinformation serving some ulterior motive. Wow, and believing such a thing makes one a crackpot. Yeesh... damn you government, and your secret cabal!
posted by rolypolyman at 7:22 PM on August 16, 2006


I believe there are unidentified objects. And they can fly.
posted by TwelveTwo at 7:57 PM on August 16, 2006


Didn't he leave out one obvious sentence:
BRINGEN SIE MICH ZU IHREM FUEHRER.
posted by rob511 at 8:32 PM on August 16, 2006


Most of the ultra hard core UFO geeks are actually reaching back to the ur-UFO mythology, were people claimed to meet Nordics who had some relationship to hollow earth believers. This is kickin' it old school.
posted by frogan at 8:34 PM on August 16, 2006


Actual German chocolate frosting. Favorite.
posted by longsleeves at 9:08 PM on August 16, 2006


Any political ideology that follows the plot of a Clive Cusser novel too closely is...well, hilarious.
posted by Liosliath at 9:41 PM on August 16, 2006


The truth ... about the Jews ... is out there.

I want to believe ... that the Holocaust never happened.

In space, nobody can hear you scream ... that the Jews are the cause of all the world's wars.

Keep watching the skies ... for flying International Bankers.
posted by Astro Zombie at 9:50 PM on August 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


Actual video evidence of the Jew/UFO conspiracy.
posted by wfrgms at 10:03 PM on August 16, 2006


One possible explanation examined by famous anti fascist researcher Dave Emory:L-01 The Political Implications of the UFO Phenomenon and the “ET” Myth
posted by hortense at 10:09 PM on August 16, 2006


Don't forget about the Ark of the Covenant.

I'll get you yet, Jones.
posted by dreamsign at 11:12 PM on August 16, 2006


a helpful list of German phrases to be used during an encounter of the Third Kind.

"Und ich, fur eines, wilkommen unsere neue alienisch Oberherren!"
posted by UbuRoivas at 11:19 PM on August 16, 2006 [1 favorite]


cuase it is their cover up!!!!!!!!!!!
posted by jacob hauser at 12:05 AM on August 17, 2006


Because they're already batshit insane? UFO belief is just one more small step on the continuum.

One more dish at the all-you-can-believe buffet.


I think this is where someone should point out that Bush believes in the Rapture and that God talks to him. Reagan consulted astrologers.
posted by spazzm at 3:11 AM on August 17, 2006


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posted by longbaugh at 5:56 AM on August 17, 2006


I would say the correlation is some sort of compensatory mythological need in the subconsciousness of tribes that is driven by fear, suspicion and ignorance. And is an element of what Jung called zee collective unconscious.
posted by Skygazer at 8:00 AM on August 17, 2006


One thousand years ago and before, things in the sky were angels. That was the frame of reference. The unknown, the creator, the afterlife was their realm.

Today, angles are so "has been" and the unknown, creators, and powerful are now aliens. This is our frame of reference. We are seeing the same things we've always seen, we just think about them differently.
posted by pwb503 at 11:31 AM on August 17, 2006


Actual video evidence of the Jew/UFO conspiracy.

JewFO?
posted by myeviltwin at 7:51 AM on August 18, 2006


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