Bring the War Home

Bring the War Home

The White Power Movement and Paramilitary America

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The white power movement in America wants a revolution. It has declared all-out war against the federal government and its agents, and has carried out--with military precision--an escalating campaign of terror against the American public. Its soldiers are not lone wolves but are highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview of white supremacy, anticommunism, and apocalypse. In Bring the War Home, Kathleen Belew gives us the first full history of the movement that consolidated in the 1970s and 1980s around a potent sense of betrayal in the Vietnam War and made tragic headlines in the 1995 bombing of Oklahoma City. Returning to an America ripped apart by a war which, in their view, they were not allowed to win, a small but driven group of veterans, active-duty personnel, and civilian supporters concluded that waging war on their own country was justified. They unified people from a variety of militant groups, including Klansmen, neo-Nazis, skinheads, radical tax protestors, and white separatists. The white power movement operated with discipline and clarity, undertaking assassinations, mercenary soldiering, armed robbery, counterfeiting, and weapons trafficking. Its command structure gave women a prominent place in brokering intergroup alliances and bearing future recruits. Belew's disturbing history reveals how war cannot be contained in time and space. In its wake, grievances intensify and violence becomes a logical course of action for some. Bring the War Home argues for awareness of the heightened potential for paramilitarism in a present defined by ongoing war.-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2018.
Copyright Date: ©2018
Multiscript Copyrightdate: |2018
ISBN: 9780674286078
0674286073
Branch Call Number: 320.569 BELEW
Characteristics: x, 339 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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cougarmay
May 02, 2019

Read like a 1990s university thesis paper that waited for publication, yet a Most Excellent read with timely information, excellent history, and appropriate references (references as would be expected in a well-written Masters Thesis or Law School Analytical). 5-stars anyway.

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jlm2014
Apr 29, 2019

The author develops a case for the various 'white supremacist' groups being part of the white power movement (white supremacy ideology) that transformed from assisting the government/state in its self-assigned role of keeping the USA white to what it is today: a movement of cells against the government. Grievances against the governmnet post-Viet Nam led to this shift, according to the author. Since the 1980s the white power movement has become a well-armed militia, having stolen military weapons (AR-15, AR-16, C-4 explosives, etc) to protect itself against the US govenment - especially after Ruby Ridge,ID and Waco, TX where women and children were killed by US agents. This was the motivation for the OK bombing by Timothy McVeigh. According to the author, none of the men who have killed civilians in churches, synogogues, and mosque sis a 'lone wolf'. They are motivated by the ideology of the white power movement. According to the author, until the media and civilians understand this, effective pressure on politicians will not see an end soon. For example, on 28 April 28 2019 a 19-year old white teen used an automatic weapon to kill and injure attendes at a synogogue. He confessed. Where did he get the weapon? The book tales the chilling tale.

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carlosgil
Jan 07, 2019

The White Power Movement, a decidedly racist amalgam of men, remains alive and well, according to this scholarly work, but its threat to the nation and to the average American is not entirely clear.

The author, a university professor, helps us understand some basic landmarks in the evolution of the WPM. First are the connections between the Klu Klux Klan and the WPM in the years around World War II and their hellish campaign against Blacks. Secondly, the reader learns of the traitorous identification and fascination of WPM rebels with Nazism and its associated anti-Semitism. Thirdly, and the most important lesson offered by the author, is the role that the Vietnam War played in the formation of disloyal veterans whose leaders declared “war” on the U.S. government, a traitorous act, hence the subtitle of the book, “bring the war home.” WPM leaders disavowed their government fearing it was taking the American people in the wrong direction.

These men organized paramilitary teams and thereby posed credible challenges for American law enforcement personnel. Along these lines, the author connects several events, including Ruby Ridge, Idaho, and the Branch Davidians of Waco, Texas, to the deadly Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. The author affirms a WPM connection, but she also maintains that the FBI and the ATF, primarily, kept the white rebels off balance and against the wall.

I have two main observations about this work. One is that while Professor Belew alleges the continuity of a serious racist threat, my reading didn’t find sufficient support for it. The conspiratorial connections are laid down, alright, but the organizational capability of the WPM raises questions, namely that the insurrectionist leaders, as presented in the book, strike me as unsophisticated, back-country rustics squaring off with the U.S. government somewhat blindly. Secondly, while I find the author’s information abundant and well researched, I also find it circuitous and repetitive, a surprise given her prestigious publisher. Nevertheless, Bring the War Home offers a worthwhile gathering of valuable information, including names, and events, for students of racism in America and issues of national, domestic security.

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naturalist
Jun 18, 2018

https://history.uchicago.edu/directory/kathleen-belew
and
https://www.kathleenbelew.com/

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StarGladiator
Jun 09, 2018

There has been a recent explosion of books on // white power movement \\ with endless stories on white power on NPR and that godawful phony fake news show which purports to be // progressive \\ Counterspin, which frequently features pseudo-reporters from the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has between $100 million to $200 million parked offshore, and is financially structured, not as a nonprofit, but as a hedge fund!
Somehow, with all the serious events NOT being covered in the PuppetMedia, endless stories on insignificant handfuls of fools does not constitute stories of substance!

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