Black Swan Event

A black swan event refers to an unforeseen event that results in severe and widespread negative consequences that seems avoidable in hindsight. The term is commonly used in the finance world and was popularized by former Wall Street trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb, who wrote about the concept in his 2001 book, “Fooled by Randomness.” 


In recent years, some QAnon supporters and extremists have misappropriated the term to promote conspiratorial claims that the “Deep State” is orchestrating catastrophic “black swan” events to distract the masses, provoke change or maintain power. 

This database provides an overview of many of the terms and individuals used by or associated with movements and groups that subscribe to and/or promote extremist or hateful ideologies.