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Militia groups on the rise in the US

March 13, 2012

The MSM in the US is reporting another rise in various types of militia groups, including some with white nationalist views. Since these figures are provided by the Southern Poverty Law Centre, they’re likely to be exaggerated, but there probably is some substance to these claims.

The last time there was a significant increase in such groups was during the recession of the early 90s.

It does seem there’s a link between economic downturns and the growth of militia movements, but you have to wonder why there weren’t more such groups during the Great Depression of the 1930s, when economic conditions which much tougher than today.

The difference may be cultural change. The US today is a much more culturally divided society than it was in the 1930s. So it seems that as the economy declines, underlying cultural conflicts that are patched over by economic prosperity reassert themselves, and an increasing percentage of the population express their sense of alienation by joining separatist groups.