David-Wynn: Miller

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Jan. 9 2011 3:22 PM

David-Wynn: Miller

Yesterday, musician Caitie Parker, a former classmate of alleged Tucson shooter Jared Loughner, tweeted that " as I knew him he was left wing, quite liberal. & oddly obsessed with the 2012 prophecy." Later in the day, on MSNBC's Countdown , the Southern Poverty Law Center's Mark Potok commented that Loughner's confusing YouTube videos about constitutionality, government brainwashing and syntax resembled the work of David Wynn Miller , the self-identified "king of Hawaii" who writes books and offers seminars about complicated and incoherent theories, mostly about language, and how rectifying language can protect people from the government.

Carrie Budoff Brown talked to Miller, who said he never met Loughner but agreed with his statements on YouTube. Potok attended a Miller speech in 2003.

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"My name is David hyphen Wynn full colon Miller," the 53-year-old Milwaukean says, and the brows of his audience of 50 begin to furrow. This crowd of "Patriots" is used to conspiracy theories, but even at an event dominated by antigovernment ideology, Miller is tough going. "The reason I use a full colon and a hyphen in my name, the first full colon, which is full colon David, it means for the David hyphen Wynn. That's my given name, and it's also a noun, because it uses a prepositional phrase. ... Because I use prepositional phrases, through punctuation, which is classified as hieroglyphics, which makes me a life, l-i-f-e. Now, when you don't punctuate your name ... David is an adjective, Wynn is an adjective, Miller is a pronoun. Two adjectives are a condition of modification, opinion, presumption, which modifies the pronoun, pro means no on noun. So therefore, I'm not a fact. I'm a fiction."

Six months ago, two rambling speeches by Miller were uploaded to YouTube. One of them is titled "David-Wynn: Miller - Towards 2012!" In it, he keys off of prophecies about the end of the world coming in 2012 to explain that a big change is coming, and "we are just actors performing our duties in a script that has already been written." He does not call for or predict violence. It's hard to tell what he's saying.

If you look at the history, a prophecy was made a long time ago that the beginning of the end starts in the last kingdom on Earth. The last kingdom on Earth was Hawaii. The last monarch died on the 6th of December, 1872. And you subtract the 8, if you subtract 45 days under maritime law over the three-day grace period better known as the lemon law, you get the 22nd of October, 1872, was when Hawaii filed bankruptcy. If you add 70 years to that, you get the 7th December 7, 1941, the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Add 70 years to that, plus the 45 day laws of trust, the 3-day notice, and the 90 days that no law becomes legal, you have 4-6-2012.

Five months after this video was uploaded, Loughner started updating his videos on "your new currency," "mind control," and other topics. Keep in mind, the only thing connecting Loughner to Miller is Potok's analysis. But I wonder whether Loughner discovered Miller via the 2012 stuff and kept digging. For example, Miller's publications on his web site include ruminations about how to correct and reinvent language.

FOR THE CORRECT-SENTENCE-STRUCTURE-COMMUNICATION-SYNTAX-LANGUAGE(C.-S.-S.-C.-S.-L.) BY THE PLENIPOTENTIARY: David-Wynn: Miller: CLAIMS:

TRUTH: FOR THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE FACTS ARE WITH THESE CLAIMS OF THE OPERATIONS AND METHODS WITH THE POINTS OF EACH FACT WITH AN OPERATION OF A WHOLE WITH THE REASONING OF THE PARTY'SKNOWLEDGE.

~1 NUMBER-VALUE(COUNTING): 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9.

~2 LETTER-VALUES:A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K,L,M,N,O,P,Q,R,S,T,U,V,W, X, Y, Z

~3 SYMBOLS: +,-,X,-,=,/,?,@,#,$,%,^,&,*,(),>,<,~,!,[],{},:,",etc.

In his "introduction" video, Loughner ruminates about how to create a new language , and thus a new currency.

If I teach a mentally capable 8 year old for 20 consecutive minutes to replace an alphabet letter with a new letter and pronunciation then the mentally capable 8 year old writes and pronounces the new letter and pronunciation that's replacing an alphabet letter in 20 consecutive minutes.

It's possible that Loughner, whose reading list included plenty of fantasy books and books about overthrowing the government, could have encountered this work, processed it, and applied it to the theories he was already developing. But a quick read of Miller's material doesn't reveal calls for violence. Rather, there's a lot of complicated Utopian thinking about government oppression and how to fight it, less coherent than the other material -- Mein Kampf, The Communist Manifesto -- that Loughner claims to have read.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.