fascism, buchanan, etc.

Bryan A. Alexander bnalexan at umich.edu
Wed Feb 21 22:06:26 MST 1996

This was the strangest post, and not just because it kept not talking
about workers, or unions, or the underclass.  It's the idea of armed Ayn
Randoids that has me in stitches.

Bryan Alexander					Department of English
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On 21 Feb 1996 Ryan at bitstream.mpls.mn.us wrote:

> >Brad Mayer:
> >Fascism in the U.S. can develop out of minority elements in the militia
> >movement, underground paramilitary groups linked to the U.S. military
> >(such a group is linked to the Special Forces, and is a fervently
> >anticommunist group which informally calls itself "capitalists armed"),
> >already existing fascist groups (Aryan Nation, etc.), and errant
> >mainstream bourgeois politicians and their opportunisti advisors
> >(Buchanan and Pratt).  These last are the most important catalyst for the
> >rest.
> I will respond more fully to this post when time permits. Here is a statement
> from the Special Forces Underground, a group that has successfully evaded
> every federal agency for two years, while  openly publishing The Resister.
> They are also an excellent example of why the militia movement is a
> leaderless one. On the militia political spectrum they are on the right. They
> fall probably somewhere between the strict constitutionalists and the
> populists (their definition). This is from the latest issue I could find.
> Following it is the message of mine Brad responded to but I don't think ever
> got posted.
>      Statement of Policy
>       The philosophy of the Special Forces Underground and The
> RESISTER is straightforward: Individual rights, strict
> constitutionalism, limited government, isolationism, laissez-faire
> capitalism, and republicanism; in short, the principles upon which
> this nation was founded.
>      We oppose: statism, socialism, collectivism, racism, altruism,
> internationalism, tribalism, unlimited democracy, pull politics, and
> the "New World Order;" in short, the idealogies of all tyrannies.
>      Our philosophical framework is Ayn Rand's Objectivism (the
> rational morality of self-interest--which means; LIFE). Our political
> philosophy is grounded in the works of the Framers of the Constitution
> and Auberon Herbert (government as servant, not master--which means;
> LIBERTY). Our economic philosophy os grounded in the works of Adam
> Smith, Carl Menger, Ludwig von Mises, and Henry Hazlitt (the guarantor
> of individual rights, laissez-faire capitalism--which means;
>      We do not advocate the overthrow of the U.S. Government. We do
> advocate resistance to government tyranny at all levels. We do not
> advocate the initiation of force in doing so. We do advocate
> appropriate force-in-kind retaliation. We advocate active resistance
> against the United Nations.
>      Our goal is the restoe Constitutional Republic. Our
> aim is to see the federal government defanged, muzzled, shackled and
> cast back into its constitutional prison.
> ___________
> Bradley Mayer:
> >I will return to the above in a moment, but first, and again, on Buchanan
> >and fascism.  Timely empirical evidence works wonders for a theory: Larry
> >Pratt, recently of Buchanan's campaign committee, not only had ties to
> >the Aryan Nation (Tom Metzger's group), but was an *original inspiration*
> >for the far rightist militia movement!  Then there is the case of a Ms.
> >Lamm (Lamb?), late of Buchanan's Florida campaign, who has ties to David
> >Duke's old outfit, The National Association for the Advancement of White
> >People.
> I'd like to address Buchanan and the militias, both examples of populism that
> oppose the excesses of monopoly capitalism and government. They have emerged
> along with the global economy that has resulted in increased corporate
> profits but declining incomes and layoffs for workers. These results are
> simlilar to what led to the progressive movement that brought on the New Deal
> earlier in this century. Populists have historically had rhetoric and ties to
> racism and xenophobia.
> Tom Metzer's group is White Aryan Resistance (WAR) linked closely with the
> Klan. Aryan Nation's fuhrer is Richard Butler. By inspiration, I can only
> assume you are talking about a book Pratt wrote in the early 90's that had
> very minor influence. There has been alot of references to the seven person
> cell structure adopted by the Militia of Montana from a Klan model. Most
> militia members would tell you that this is because that is all the higher
> Klan members can count.
> In reality there is no *original inspiration* for the rise of the current
> citizen militias populist movement. There have been armed underground
> military, conservative, and populist groups as long as there has been a
> military in this country. While probably no militias would deny some overlap
> of extreme racist fringe elements still exist, the vast majority see them as
> a constant nuisance and the antithesis of the movement. The Black Panthers,
> Weather Underground and many other resistance movements have been mentioned
> as inspirational as well.
> Since the militias are a very disparate group of individuals with a fairly
> broad political spectrum there is some support for Buchanan but probably less
> so than in the rest of the population since they tend, very generally, to see
> all politicians as life forms lower than say, a cockroach. One militia
> newsgroup is currently debating whether Buchanan is a fascist, a socialist or
> a populist. Buchanan and the militias have common enemies and some common
> ties, but are not otherwise linked.
> Sally Ryan
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