No secret groups or decoder rings needed. Just like-minded people following their beliefs to their natural conclusion. An organic conspiracy.
This is chilling in its implications. A real life HYDRA-equivalent would lose its power once it was uncovered, so much of its success depending on secrecy. The kind of organic conspiracy we see in the IRS scandal, on the other hand, loses nothing once a Lois Lerner is identified. Because an organic conspiracy has no formal structure, people that think precisely like her will remain undetected in their respective agencies,. They will wait like a dormant virus to activate once conditions are again favorable. And then they will once more use government apparatus to wage war against their supposed fellow citizens.
How to deal with these bureaucratic pod people? Shrinking the size of government would of course be the best way to lessen their power, but it’s a joke to think that’ll happen near-term.
Let us begin by at least updating our own conceptual metaphors. Given that our present age is one where politics is war by other means, thinking of leftoids as naive but well-intentioned idiots isn’t very adaptive. Rather, we should start thinking of them in terms similar to how they think of us. Perhaps then we’ll evolve some organic conspiracies of our own, if only in self-defense.