Loughner More Insane Than Left or Right

He embraced fringe theories on both sides

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 13, 2011 12:55 PM CST

(Newser) – Analysts looking through Jared Lee Loughner's deranged online ramblings say that while some influence from the extreme left and extreme right is apparent, the only pigeonhole that fits is the one marked "insane." Some elements of the fringe right share Loughner's fixation on grammar conspiracies, currency manipulation, and the "second United States Constitution," experts tell the Los Angeles Times, although no coherent philosophy emerges from his online postings. On the leftist side, he counted the Communist Manifesto as among his favorite books.

Loughner "did not watch TV. He disliked the news. He didn’t listen to political radio. He didn’t take sides. He wasn’t on the left. He wasn’t on the right," a high school friend of his tells ABC. The accused mass murderer's biggest influence, the friend says, was the online conspiracy theory documentary series Zeitgeist. The series had a profound influence on how Loughner viewed the world, the friend says. "He wasn’t shooting at people. He was shooting at the world.”

This undated yearbook photo released by the Marana Unified School District Jared Loughner.
This undated yearbook photo released by the Marana Unified School District Jared Loughner.   (AP Photo/Marana Unified School District)
This file photo obtained from the 2006 Mountain View High School yearbook shows Jared L. Loughner.
This file photo obtained from the 2006 Mountain View High School yearbook shows Jared L. Loughner.   (AP Photo/File)
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What you can see across the board in his writings is the idea that you can't trust the government—that the government engages in mind control against its citizens. - Mark Potok of the Southern
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