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Left-Wing Militias are Becoming a Thing

Left-Wing Militias are Becoming a Thing
April 12
12:11 2017

(PL) – Recent reports of Arizona liberals showing up armed for a counter-Trump protest indicate that patriot groups are no longer the only game in town when it comes to private citizens willing to take up arms against perceived government overreach.

Late last month, Phoenix New Times reporter Stephon Lemons interviewed members of an activist group operating under a loose-knit leftist organization calling itself Redneck Revolt.

From the report:

I was late to the pro-Trump “Make America Great Again” march, which began at Cesar Chavez Plaza — after some confusion about the demonstration’s starting at the now past-tense “Patriots Square Park” — and ended at the lawn of the Arizona Capitol.

So I headed straight to the Capitol, but the pro-Trump event was petering out. One of the cops present told me that the MAGA march consisted of a group of about 100.

However, across the street, on the Wesley Bolin Memorial Plaza-side of 17th Avenue were the left-wingers, some of them masking their faces, some not. Many of them were armed with long guns. You know, just like the “patriot” groups.

While I was taking photographs of them, a woman approached me and told me that the group would not be granting interviews. She gave me a flier with a statement from something called the “Redneck Revolt,” which according to the flier aims to “put the RED back in redneck.”

The group claims its aim is to promote liberty from a populist perspective, arguing that mainstream conservative and liberal movements have been co-opted to serve the interests of only the nation’s wealthy and politically connected classes.

From its website:

The concept of community is very important to our goals and intentions, because it separates us from those who work only in defense of their immediate family, property, and possessions. We find that many movements that uphold the concept of liberty do so only in an individualist mindset, which undermines the idea that liberty is something that all people are entitled to. We strongly believe that the concept of liberty can not truly exist on an individual level alone, and that any class, race, or state construct that enslaves and oppresses anyone among us is a threat to the liberty of all of us. With that in mind, we use the term “community” intentionally to describe those who share the same material conditions with us; our neighbors, our family members, our friends, the people working alongside us. Most of us are only one bad emergency away from disaster; a sustained layoff, medical emergency, or death in the family could take away everything we’ve worked for. In those situations, the people we turn to for support often have as little as us, but understand better than anyone how tenuous and important our support network is. That is our community.

Describing its members as “working class” and “poor,” the Redneck Revolt movement rejects the capitalist system that exists in the U.S. today. According to its members, the economy has been corrupted to serve only the elite.

While it holds some positions out of line with conservative movements that harbor skepticism for centralized state power, the group shares a common support for the right of people to arm themselves against what they view as tyrannical overreach.

From its website:

We are not pacifists. We believe in using any and all means at our disposal that do not violate our basic humanity, to gain our freedom and true liberty. We believe in the right of every community to defend itself from those who would exploit or oppress them. We believe in the empowerment of all individuals who wish to participate in the defense of their communities with the knowledge and equipment to do so. It is our duty and obligation to defend our families and communities by all means from those who would profit from our misery and destruction.

Left-wing militias are becoming a thing

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