By Darren Mulloy

This e-book makes use of the military circulate as a method to envision the complicated dating that exists among America's mainstream and extremist political tradition. It focuses quite on how the armed forces circulation makes use of key features of yank background to justify its extremist politics and actions. Drawing upon either extremist literature and interviews with best figures within the flow, this ebook is a robust exploration of America's family extremist events.

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It is the contest between the two that reveals how such definitions are reached and where the limits are to be found. The crucial factor is to consider the implications which follow from this recognition. The major problem with the “orthodox approach” is that it serves to prevent an examination of the mainstream’s role in the creation or sustaining of those defined as extremists; which is to say, if the only workable or acceptable definition of extremism is that which comes from the mainstream, this mainstream is unlikely to undertake an examination of itself in order to identify areas of commonality with those extremists.

Lyons, and Lane Crothers, have applied recent developments in social movement theory to right-wing groups (the militia movement among them). 23 Surveying the existent socio-psychological approaches to extremism, George and Wilcox also express concern at what they see as the tendency towards psychological or sociological reductionism contained within them. Such approaches, they argue, can lead to the “dehumanizing” of extremists. ” However, despite their commendable desire not to dismiss extremists in this manner, George and Wilcox’s own summary of “the most common motives” people have for becoming political extremists hardly seems to take this aspect of the causal approach much further.

Not only could it be triggered by both real or threatened deprivation, it also seemed that it could be either power or status based. Moreover, different groups could be experiencing this deprivation at the same time. In the case of the Klan, it was said to be both a business elite concerned with the loss of actual economic power and a rural Protestant population concerned about declining social and religious dominance. Further, as Lipset and Raab’s analysis went on, it seemed that the concept of status deprivation explained not only prosperity-based displacement (as it had originally been employed to do) but also depression-based displacement.

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