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Encyclopedia of Modern American Extremists and Extremist Groups: Hardcover – August 30, 2002
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From School Library Journal
Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
The 275 entries, varying from 200 to 1,500 words, cover leaders, ideas, organizations, and tactics. The largest category of groups and individuals advocates a transformation of the government. These include the Aryan Nations, Kathy Boudin, Ted Kaczynski, and the Michigan Militia. The second largest is religious extremism, followed by economic and social extremism practiced by Earth First! and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, among others. Reflecting the time period that is covered, most of the movements have a radical right orientation. The criminal and violent activities of the groups, the internal conflicts, and the shifting of allegiances between organizations and individuals are described. Birth and death dates, family background, motivation, education, and occupation of the individuals are provided when known. Several entries, such as Animal rights movement and Anti-abortion movement, provide a broad perspective. A list of suggested readings for each entry, current through 2001, directs the user to further information. Cross-references and black-and-white photos enhance the work, which concludes with a 13-page chronology of events and a selected bibliography (including some Internet sources).
While other books, such as Encyclopedia of White Power (AltaMira, 2000), cover specific aspects of extremism, this work offers a more comprehensive survey. It will be useful in high-school, public, and academic libraries. RBB
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The Libertarian Party has never advocated the overthrow of the constitution, any state constitution, or any armed paramilitary activities. At most Libertarians may use their constitutional right to arm themselves, but it is on an individual basis without ANY organization by the party.
The inclusion of the Libertarian Party makes the whole work suspect.