At least that’s what the United States Army’s Combatting Terrorism Center at West Point is saying in Challengers from the Sidelines: Understanding America’s Violent Far-Right. This is, remember, the institution that trains many of the officer cadre for the US Army — the people that will most likely be called on to oppress American citizens once they get the magnitude of how badly they’ve been humped by their political class hits home.
Read in terror the sort of person that the military fears:
…espouse strong convictions regarding the federal government, believing it to be corrupt and tyrannical, with a natural tendency to intrude on individuals’ civil and constitutional rights. Finally, they support civil activism, individual freedoms, and self government. Extremists in the anti-federalist movement direct most their violence against the federal government and its proxies in law enforcement.
Terrifying…if you are one of the massive bureaucracies that relie on the average citizen choking up a chunk of their hard-earned pay to allow them to play soldier in foreign lands and spend mind-boggling amounts of dosh on the latest death-dealing toys. (Which you should have…heavens! You might get ideas you aren’t chattel!)
And what about these threatening attitudes? You think the government is corrupt!?! How could you possibly (cough $16+ trillion in debt cough) come to that conclusion? Or that they might intrude on your civil liberties? Ignore the gun debate, and let’s just search this site for “Tales From your Police State.” Civil activism? Shut up and work, prole; we’ve a few more littoral combat ships to build.
As for the extremist violence…they claim “350 “attacks initiated by far-right groups/individuals in 2011.” Funny, I haven’t even seen that in the left-wing press. What the author does is lump racist groups with conservative groups, with libertarian groups — perhaps the least racially-violent group in the United States; he then uses racially motivated violence, and religiously-inspired abortion clinic incidents to paint the whole spectrum of “right wing” politics with the same brush. As terrorists.
So who is the author of this work? It’s hard to find much on him besides the usual official CV: Arie Perliger is the Director of Terrorism Studies at the Combating Terrorism Center and Assistant Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, US Military Academy at West Point. He apparently got this position a short three years after his PhD was secured. Most folks wouldn’t even have tenure someplace, much less by the director of a studies center at the most prestigious military academy in the United States.
After completing his PhD in Political Science at the University of Haifa in Israel in 2007, where he was also a fellow at the National Security Studies Center (NSSC), Dr. Perliger became affiliated with the Department of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Golda Meir Post-Doctoral Fellow (2007-2008), then joined the Department of Political Science at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, where he was a Schusterman Visiting Assistant Professor until the summer of 2010.
Gee…you don’t think, just maybe, this guy might have friends in the administration that parked his ass at West Point to spew their political venom…do ya?