By Darren Mulloy

ISBN-10: 0203352068

ISBN-13: 9780203352069

ISBN-10: 0203390377

ISBN-13: 9780203390375

ISBN-10: 0415326745

ISBN-13: 9780415326742

This e-book makes use of the defense force move as a method to ascertain the complicated courting that exists among America's mainstream and extremist political tradition. It focuses quite on how the defense force circulate makes use of key elements of yankee heritage to justify its extremist politics and actions. Drawing upon either extremist literature and interviews with top figures within the circulate, this e-book is a robust exploration of America's family extremist hobbies.

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Shils, for example, identifying the “deeper sources” of McCarthyism in concepts of hyperpatriotism, xenophobia, isolationism, fundamentalism, populism, and fear of revolution, was content to confine such traits to an unseemly “nativist tradition,” practiced, he said, in the “alleys and bars and back streets and [in] the hate filled hearts of the miserable creatures” who espoused it. ” The world view of these extremists, “combining a potent mix of religious fundamentalism, racist supremacism, muscular Americanism and a fetish for the ‘gun,’”is “shared in varying degrees, by many white Americans,” he says.

The past is important to the militia movement for exactly the same reasons that it is important to other individuals and to other groups. Simply put, the past offers many benefits to those who seek to use it. ”1 While Lowenthal readily acknowledges that these categories are not exhaustive, 36 CONVERSATIONS WITH THE DEAD they nonetheless provide a useful starting point for examining the militia movement’s relationship with American history. Concerns with the legitimacy apparently to be conveyed through the past (“reaffirmation and validation” in Lowenthal’s terms), with the guidance to be found in the past, and with issues of identity—individual, group, and national—are recurrent themes in the rhetorical and ideological uses of American history by the militia movement, just as they are with other political groups, extremist or otherwise.

14 First, “status politics” was used to denote the individual pathology of its adherents. 15 In the Politics of Unreason Lipset, in collaboration with Earl Raab, went on to attempt a comprehensive causal explanation of right-wing extremism in American life. Employing historical analysis and contemporary survey evidence, they examined various extremists, including the anti-Masonic movement, the American Protective Association, the Ku Klux Klan, the Coughlin movement, APPROACHING EXTREMISM 23 McCarthyism, the John Birch Society, and George Wallace.

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