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The CQ Press Guide to Radical Politics in the United States is a unique work which provides an overview of radical U.S. political movements on both the left and the right sides of the ideological spectrum. It focuses on analyzing the origins and trajectory of the various movements, and the impact that movement ideas and activities have had on mainstream American politics. This guide is organized thematically, with each chapter focusing on a prominent arena of radical activism in the United States. These chapters will: • Trace the chronological development of these extreme leftist and rightist movements throughout U.S. history • Include a discussion of central individuals, organizations, and events, as well as their impact on popular opinion, political discourse, and public policy • Include sidebar features to provide additional contextual information to facilitate increased understanding of the topic Seeking to provide an accessible, balanced, and well-documented discussion of topics often overlooked in political science, this book includes an introduction to anarchism, communism, and socialism as well as the Chicano movement, civilian border patrols, Black power, the Ku Klux Klan, ACT-UP, the militia movement, Occupy Wall Street, farmers’ rebellions, Earth First!, the Animal Environmental Liberation Front, and many others.

Anarchists, Militias, and Other Insurgents
Anarchists, militias, and other insurgents

All the forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.

—Emma Goldman1

Is a Civil War imminent? Do we have to shed blood to reform the current system? I hope it doesn’t come to that! But it might.

—Timothy McVeigh, executed in 2001 for his role in the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City2

“Man is born free; and every-where he is in chains. . . . What can make [this] legitimat­e?”3 Writing these words in 1762, social contract theorist Jean-Jacques Rousseau identified what has been called the central problem of modern democracy: How can free individuals assent to being ruled by the state and ...

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