Life, liberty, and the pursuit of anyone who gets in the way

lessons from a comparative analysis of U.S. militias and ulster loyalists

Richard Reed

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    Abstract

    This article presents a comparative analysis of the militia movement in the United States and the two major loyalist paramilitary organizations in Northern Ireland. The comparison reveals a similar history of economic transition that highlights the need to consider occupational factors in assessing the causes of violent extremism. The article reflects further on the evidence of a number of other similarities between the two groups: the preeminence of historical narratives, the tendency toward militancy and violence, and localist, antigovernment ideologies. It is argued that these similarities can be similarly understood within the same economic framework, and suggests further research in similarly comparative contexts would reveal greater insight.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)756-776
    Number of pages21
    JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
    Volume36
    Issue number9
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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