Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Political Science

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This study has determined that current right wing extremist groups in the U.S. have no greater propensity for damage to the national security than older right wing groups.

Although right wing groups are dangerous due to the popularity of conservative causes and the proliferation of modern weaponry, an examination reveals that dedication and increased military capability are offset by more efficient law enforcement response and lack of support by the general populace.

A careful examination of the American right wing, both old and new shows the disparity between the two groups. Emphasis is placed on exploring the old right wing tactic of courting law enforcement personnel and the new right wing tactic of placing law enforcement on its list of hated enemies.