By Darren Mulloy
This e-book makes use of the armed forces move as a way to ascertain the advanced courting that exists among America's mainstream and extremist political tradition. It focuses rather on how the armed forces circulate makes use of key elements of yank background to justify its extremist politics and actions. Drawing upon either extremist literature and interviews with top figures within the stream, this booklet is a robust exploration of America's family extremist hobbies.
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To exercise power over others…. To lose oneself in a movement…. Propaganda addiction…. Envy. Jealousy…. ”24 It is important to recognize the tendency of this kind of research to marginalize the extremists under consideration. This is one of the principal consequences of the “population at risk” approach, as George and Wilcox call it. ” They are people who react “differently” to social stress or “lack” something such as democratic commitment. They have 26 APPROACHING EXTREMISM a “defect” in relation to authority or “problems” with their Americanness.
It is relativistic because it requires a “mainstream” to give it meaning. If extremism represents going to or beyond the “limits,” as it is commonly held to, then those “limits”—whatever they are— have to be agreed upon by someone or some other group. 35 The standard definition of extremism has, not surprisingly, reflected the pluralistic tradition of the writers who were initially involved in setting its terms. As a result, those elements of extremism considered particularly hostile to this tradition have been given most prominence.
There is also another way of looking at the frequent reoccurrence of extremism in American life (its apparent ineradicability), one stressing that the pool of ideological resources employed by the extreme right exists not just on the margins, as the orthodox school would have us believe, but in the very fabric of America’s mainstream ideology. Such an approach might explain the persistence of the far right throughout the history of the United States in terms of the applicability of that history, together with America’s myths and core values, to the extreme right —because it sees such groups as being involved in the constant attempt to define and redefine the nature of “Americanism,” a process the wider American culture and polity are equally engaged in.
American Extremism: History, Politics and the Militia Movement (Routledge Studies in Extremism and Democracy) by Darren Mulloy