"Anticulture" of the conspiracy: The Latin American footprint of the Capitol assailants
There are numerous relationships between the symbolism of the assailants and the conservative forces that employ the conspiracy in Latino networks.
Jan. 6's demonstrations in support of Trump to prevent an alleged election robbery culminated in an assault on the U.S. Congress.
Participanta under the acronym MAGA, a heterogeneous group that included conspirators, neo-Nazis, supremacists and fervent Trumpists, carried out a more symbolic than violent action — although four deaths must be lamented — and produced images that circled the globe.
Some Latin American users on social media joked with Americans about their first sensation of a coup d'état, but what links do the assailants have with Latin America itself?
A few days before the assault, Enrique Tarrio, leader of Proud Boys, was arrested and took to social media to incite paranoia before the demonstration.
Memetic warfare and infoxication were doubled down and Jan. 6 turned into a date that will become part of their tireless conspiracies. It's become an epic of memes and pop indignation in the form of performances that is the spearhead of a larger phenomenon.
In what way does the supremacy of alt-right yield the body of its faithful to the spread of the ideological virus of conspiracy?
On one hand, one could observe neo-Nazi tattoos on the body of "Q-Shaman" and other assailants, such as the valknut, Tiw and Othala runes, and Thor's hammer.
These symbols are part of supremacy because they are disguised as neopaganism. It's a new age effort to rescue emblems of the past by some far right ideologues that then spread it alongside messages of hate and division on social media.
That is also why some assailants and Jake Angeli, the failed actor known as "Q-Shaman," donned Sioux warrior clothes.
The second level was articulated by a rain of pop symbolism, from superhero costumes to variations on the Q from Qanon followers, which marked the influences of a culture war rooted in infoxication through the web.
When extreme right-wing forces lose territory to be conquered, they launch the invasion of new territories on the Internet.
The conspiracy rather than neo-paganism is the link between the alt-right forces and Latin American countries that have long known about the extreme right-wing conspiracies in the form of organizations, like El Yunque.
The BBC reported that Qanon is not only part of the American scene, but also of the global media campaign of the new alt-right.
Qanon Colombia has some 1,700 followers. Qanon Argentina has about 4,000 and Costa Rica's is the largest with almost 6,700 and information shared in other similar subgroups.
All offer a model of conspiratorial media information that forms a unified collective identity within conservatism.
Fake news against the coronavirus and its vaccines function in a profoundly political key of exclusion by means of "alternative" information that justifies anti-democratic, neoliberal or insurrectionist ideologies.
This model of disinformation, pioneered by Steve Bannon, former head of the Trump campaign, is being replicated across the globe by extremist organizations such as Vox and Golden Dawn. DW reported on openDemocracy's warning about the spending of $44 million on campaigns in Latin America by Christian organizations to misinform about homosexuality, abortion, and the pandemic.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro's message attacking the vaccine worked along the same lines. Some media have called them "Christoneofascists" and include bishops who link the resignation of the previous pontiff to the Masons and Joe Biden with the intention of gaining strength from the ultraconservative sectors of the Church.
The American spectacle on Jan. 6 was just one more example of the global mobilizing power of the fascists capable of taking on a million undemocratic forms.
It's a risk in its current state that no democracy can fail to warn of. Each day brings closer the dystopian scene in The Handmaid's Tale in which the conservative group The Sons of Jacob took the Capitol to found the Theocratic Republic of Gilead.