This Mother Jones piece really is a must read and gives quite a bit of information about the lunatic. The only real political belief I could suss out of the piece is that he is anti-government, but not anti-government in that he’s pissed off at the zoning board or upset that his marginal tax rate went up:
But in this world, Loughner seemed ticked off by what he believed to be a pervasive authoritarianism. “The government is implying mind control and brainwash on the people by controlling grammar,” he wrote in one YouTube video. In another, Loughner complains that when he tried to join the military, he was handed a “mini-Bible.” That upset him: “I didn’t write a belief on my Army application and the recruiter wrote on the application: None,” he wrote on YouTube. In messages on MySpace last month, Loughner declared, “I’ll see you on National T.v.! This is foreshadow.” He also noted on the website, “I don’t feel good: I’m ready to kill a police officer! I can say it.”
I’ve read some places that he was about the age when a lot of people have their first schizophrenic break with reality. Anyone know more about this?