Rage on the Right: The American Militia Movement from Ruby Ridge to the Trump Presidency

Rage on the Right: The American Militia Movement from Ruby Ridge to the Trump Presidency

by Lane Crothers

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Rage on the Right examines the rise, fall, and reemergence of the militia/alt-right movement from the 1990s through 2018. Using the lenses of history, culture, ideology, and social movement theory Crothers explores the diverse ways contemporary right-wing social movements have used American social and economic context to build themselves into a potent force in American political life. Just as the 1990s militia movement drew life from deeply embedded values and myths central to American political culture and political history, so, too, do the contemporary militia and alt-right movements. Right-wing social movements are as American as apple pieand must be understood as a core and enduring component of American political life.

Ideal for undergraduate courses on social movements, political violence, and contemporary political history, this text explores the cultural rootedness of the militia and alt-right in America while also understanding the ways contemporary politics build on historical legacies to promote right wing populism in the United States.


  • Traces the evolution of the militia and alt-right movements in the United States since the 1990s
  • Situates right-wing populism in its cultural and ideological position in American politics
  • Examines interaction of key events in the history of the militia and alt-right movements in the US with actions of entrepreneurial movement leaders and supporters in government and society
  • Links the rise of the Donald Trump as candidate and president to the (re)emergence of the militia and the alt-right in the United States

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538115732
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/08/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 208
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Lane Crothers is professor of political science at Illinois State University. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles and book chapters in the areas of globalization, American political culture, and political leadership. He is Managing Editor of the journal, Populism , and he frequently tweets and blogs.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi

About the Author vii

Introduction to the Second Edition 1

Why a Second Edition? 3

Understanding Right-Wing Populist Social Movements 4

A Note on Terminology 7

A Note on Methods 9

Plan of the Book 10

1 The Foundations of the Militia Movement and the Alt-Right 13

Political Culture, Ideology, and Myth in Political Life 14

A Brief History of Right-Wing Populism in the United States 24

Myth, Ideology, and Culture in Popular Culture: The Patriot and Red Dawn 28

Conclusion 31

2 The Rise of the Militia Movement in the 1990s 34

The Siege at Ruby Ridge 34

The Fire in Waco 47

The Militia Wave of the 1990s 58

Conclusion 70

3 The Oklahoma City Bombing and the Decline of the 1990s Militia 76

Coming to Oklahoma City 76

The Aftermaths of Oklahoma City-First Responses 80

The Decline of the 1990s Militia Movement 88

Conclusion 104

4 The Revival of the Militia Movement in the 2010s 109

The New Media Environment and the Rise of the Militia and the Alt-Right 110

The Iraq War and the Fraying of American Political Discourse 118

The Financial Crisis of 2008 and the Politics of Resentment 119

Mobilizing Anti-Government Activism in the United States after 2008 121

The New Militia 128

The Militia and the Bundy Family 137

Conclusion 144

5 Donald Trump and the Alt-Right 148

The Rise of the Alt-Right 148

The Rise of the Alt-Right in the Age of Trump 158

Donald Trump and the Alt-Right 163

The Aftermath of Charlottesville and the Decline of the Alt-Right 177

Conclusion 180

Epilogue: A Struggle for the American Soul 186

Index 190

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