- Library Binding: 544 pages
- Publisher: Paw Prints 2008-05-29; Reprint edition (May 29, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1435289986
- ISBN-13: 978-1435289987
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,810,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly
The militia movement burst into the consciousness of Americans with the Oklahoma City bombing, but hate groups have a long, shameful lineage in America. In this detailed, provocative examination, Levitas focuses on the ideas of William Potter Gale, who, despite Jewish roots, became one of the progenitors of contemporary hate ("If a Jew comes near you, run a sword through him," he told radio listeners in 1982). Gale adapted the idea of the Posse Comitatus, based on a little-known 19th-century law, to spread his notion of the need for citizen militias to defend whites. But, as Levitas, an expert on the radical right, shows, Gale is just one in a long line of racists who have used American ideas and language (such as freedom, rights and private property) to disseminate their message, which often finds a home with the alienated, sparked by specific events such as the shootouts at Ruby Ridge and Waco in the 1990s. Perhaps most disturbingly, Levitas makes a strong argument that these groups have a broad-based "weak sympathy" in numbers that far exceed their small active membership. He also shows how state and local governments have been reluctant to act against these groups, either out of sympathy or in an effort to keep the spotlight away from them. But as Levitas emphasizes, Oklahoma City and the hate groups' cheering for the September 11 attacks demonstrate that these groups will be ignored at our peril. Photos not seen by PW.
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With so much attention focused on international terrorism, this book hits closer to home with an eye-opening look at potential domestic terrorist threats. Levitas explores the historic roots of Far Right hate groups in the U.S., how they have developed and evolved, and how the government has responded or failed to respond to this potent threat from within. Levitas traces the virulent racial hatred of these groups to similar sentiments in Europe during the Middle Ages; through U.S. slavery, the Civil War, and Reconstruction; during World War II; and through desegregation and the civil rights movement. He also traces the metamorphosis of various groups, including the Citizens' Council, Ku Klux Klan, and John Birch Society, detailing their bizarre theories of racial superiority and escalating violence. Levitas notes the groups' efforts to broaden their appeal beyond racism by promoting tax protests, resistance to gun control, and discontent about government intrusion, and the troubling political trends that have lent support to antigovernment militia groups since the 1960s. This is a well-researched, disturbing look at domestic terrorism. Vanessa Bush
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I grew up in Nebraska during the 1980's in the middle of the farming crisis. My father was heavily involved in the Sheriff's Posse Comitatus movement and he was also a sovereign citizen. I remember the Rulo torture murders and the Arthur Kirk shootout. I remember when the Treasury Department moved in and seized a my father's friend's farm and tractor dealership in Columbus, Nebraska in 1985.
This book is spot on regarding the patriot movement and how it is full of bigotry and antisemitism. I remember traveling to Missouri and Kansas to see James Wickstrom speak and so my father and his friends could attend the George Gordon school of common law in Isabella, Missouri. Now in 2013 I find that the patriot movement is back on the rise and people in the Midwest are falling prey to these snake oil salesmen who are peddling books and seminars that will supposedly teach a student how to circumvent the law and their obligation to pay taxes. These groups are anything but patriotic and are very dangerous. The recent mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Wisconsin, the killing of an abortion doctor in Wichita, Kansas, and the murders of law enforcement officers in West Memphis Arkansas and St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana are just some recent examples of acts of terrorisim that were carried out by the radical right and sovereign citizen movement.
Hate is horrible, and so is racism, but the true organic instances of this are statistically insignificant, and the measurable cases are nearly always artificially fostered and funded by those who wish to use it as a tool to divide and conquer, and use it as fuel to further the goals of the consolidation of wealth and resources in ever fewer and fewer hands. The end goal and method of the true power centers.
G. Edward Griffin
John Taylor Gatto
That leads to the second major criticism: that the work too often reads like an insiders' case study rather than a work easily accessible to the general public or academia. The author assumes that the reader will be instantly familiar with all the terms and tactics of the hate groups mentioned in this book. Many aren't, and a lot of the background "big picture" history is either left out or treated cursorily.
Nevertheless, looking past these faults one can find a great wealth of information on the phenomenon of the far-right and its place in late 20th century American society.