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Best known for the assassination of Alan Berg, a Jewish radio talk show host, the Order planned to start a revolution against the U.S. government. Although its founder, Robert Jay Mathews, preferred the name Bruders Schweigen, meaning Silent Brotherhood, the group's organization and activities were so closely modeled on the fictional group called the Order in William Pierce's The Turner Diaries (1978) that several of its members as well as authorities adopted this name.

In the 1970s, Mathews became involved with the tax protest movement that sees taxation as a design of the federal government to take money from white Christian Americans and put it in the hands of Jews. He became somewhat disenchanted with the movement when he was arrested in 1973 for falsifying tax forms and, during the period between his arrest and trial, received no support from his associates in the ...

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