American Extremism: History, Politics and the Militia by Darren Mulloy

By Darren Mulloy

This publication makes use of the defense force stream as a way to envision the complicated dating that exists among America's mainstream and extremist political tradition. It focuses really on how the military circulate makes use of key facets of yank background to justify its extremist politics and actions. Drawing upon either extremist literature and interviews with prime figures within the stream, this booklet is a robust exploration of America's household extremist hobbies.

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Danforth (discussed further on p. 16) concluded that it was the Davidians who burnt down the Mount Carmel complex. In addition to Danforth’s report, there were several other investigations and inquiries into the events at Waco, including a fire investigation, Congressional hearings in 1993 and 1995, a 1993 Department of Treasury report about the ATF’s role in the affair, and a 1999 General Accounting Office report on the use of armed forces. In 1994 11 survivors from the fire stood trial in San Antonio for conspiracy to murder federal agents and other lesser offenses.

But I started getting worried when I learned about what happened to Randy Weaver. When the FBI killed all those people in Waco, I asked myself who they were going to come for next, the Baptists? What’s more, in both cases issues of gun rights and gun ownership were absolutely central. Taken with the passage of the Brady Bill, it seemed to many militia members that there was indeed much to be concerned about. Coulson, admitted that the FBI had used pyrotechnic devices during the 19 April raid on Mount Carmel.

This is because drama represents a people’s legends and myths not just to the ear, but to all the senses. 45 The emphasis of the chapters that follow is on the militias’ engagement with America’s political culture and history, and with three areas of its history in particular—the period of the American Revolution, the drafting of the Constitution, and the settling of the American West. These (interrelated) periods are central to the militia movement’s ideological and rhetorical concerns. To a considerable extent, the militias’ understanding of these aspects of America’s past determines how they see themselves and the world in general.

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