Militia Movement

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  • Militias, in existence since the very founding of the United States as citizen-based paramilitary groups that fought because of the lack of a standing army, took on a different role in the modern American West. Becoming magnets for people opposed to the federal government for a variety of reasons, but predominantly due to discontent with the multicultural aspects of modern American life, militias have grown as opposition to federal programs celebrating diversity have expanded. Embracing a libertarian ethos, militia advocates have argued that the federal government has grown too large and intrusive, that taxes are too high, and that the nation has, in essence, turned its back on its roots. Preparing for armed rebellion should the opportunity arise, a favorite quote among militia members is ...

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