Posted in Analysis Politics Right Wing Militias The Conversation

Plot to kidnap Michigan’s governor grew from the militia movement’s toxic mix of constitutional falsehoods and half-truths

by John E. Finn, Wesleyan University The U.S. militia movement has long been steeped in a peculiar – and unquestionably mistaken – interpretation of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights and civil liberties. This is true…

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Posted in Analysis Democracy Military Right Wing Militias The Conversation

Americans aren’t worried about white nationalism in the military – because they don’t know it’s there

There is a long history of links between white nationalist movements and the U.S. military. Bo Zaunders/Corbis Documentary via Getty Images by  Jennifer Spindel, University of New Hampshire; Matt Motta, Oklahoma State University, and Robert Ralston,…

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Posted in Columns Guns Wade Rathke

Disarm all protestors in public spaces

by Wade Rathke Friday, September 4 Pearl River   I’m enrolled in the lifetime learning program for organizers. The sessions are usually not online, but they happen there, too. Most of the classes are in real-time…

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Posted in Black Lives Matter News The Conversation

Militias’ warning of excessive federal power comes true – but where are they?

There are still militia members who support police, often called “back the blue” groups. Commentators have observed that silence from them and other Second Amendment supporters certainly seems to be hypocritical, at best, and possibly supportive…

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Members of the Patriot militia movement watched the March for our Rights 3 in Olympia, Washington, in June. Jason Redmond / HCN
Posted in Analysis Black Lives Matter High Country News

Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests

‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’ Anna V. Smith, High Country News July 27, 2020 In the first weeks of June, as protests against police brutality spread across the country, a group of…

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Posted in Abuse of power Analysis The Conversation

Militias evaluate beliefs, action as President threatens soldiers in the streets

Constitutionalists say they fear – a forceful expansion of government power against its people. But most militia groups have been silent. To date, only a few have made any sort of public statement. Members of militia…

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