MAINE MILITIAS

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Tue Feb 13 22:54:16 MST 1996


Subject: "Second Maine Militia" Formed - Opposes the Undermining
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According to the Boston Sunday Globe, Feb 11, 1996 [page 46], a
woman named Carolyn Chute in Parsonsfield, Maine has formed a
militia intended to oppose corporate domination of America.

This seems to be a distinctly different sort of "militia" from the
more economicaly conservative ones ("patriot" movement, NRA, "Bo"
Duke, Michigain Militia, etc.), or the more enigmatic,
conspiracy-fearing militias (Linda Thompson, Waco revenge, etc.)

Carolyn is a 48 year old writer... her books include "Merry Men",
"Letourneau's Used Auto Parts", and "The Beans of Egypt, Maine".
Her husband, Michael, works as a caretaker for a local cemetary.

The first meeting of the "Second Maine Militia" was on Jan. 27...
cancelled by rain, but 30 people showed up anyway.

Carolyn appears to be a firey, intelligent woman with a strong
belief in the democracy which the founding fathers (supposedly)
intended... a system where corporations were not considered
"individuals" and did not have the rights of the country's
citizens.  Her focus is on the neglected poor and working class of
her native land.

Though the article in the Globe emphasized an "armed" orientation,
in reality the members of the meeting did not bring guns with
them, and the organizations' tactics, far from draconian, include
marching to the capital, pickets, and possibly getting arrested in
political protest and civil disobediance.  But Chute is no
liberal- in response to her less-radical critics, she said she has
focused on guns not to advocate an armed struggle, but to attract
members from the country- side.

 "To the people of my culture, the rural working-class people, who
still have one foot in the old... culture, a gun, like a plow,
like a canning jar, is only a tool," she wrote.
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