Often, members report that the rigid organizational structure and discipline of the military was a stabilizing influence on them. They were frequently in trouble with the law for petty crimes and minor but illegal violence before and after their service. And as mentioned in the shared article, that impulsiveness is often the reason why they are separated from military service.
Military service offers membership in a cohesive group of protagonists pitting their efforts against a clearly defined antagonist. That appeals to and is even required by certain personality types in order to function. That same personality type is also drawn to right-wing militias that have set themselves up as a unified group fighting against the tyrannical regime that runs our democratic republic. Okay, disclosure, I don't see it but obviously some do.
So a potential solution to countering these groups is to give their members the same sort of membership in a structured group in conflict against an antagonist which, in literary terms, can be anything from an environment to a difficult goal. As Earth effectively has no more frontiers a potential long term goal is to use members of groups like this as first colonists settling other planets. In the mean time they can be organized into military-like groups and set to work to benefit society, for example, to join a platoon of workers to install sewers and clean water systems in developing countries.
He was also a militiaman.
This is not a coincidence.
The modern world provides few opportunities for mythic struggles between good and evil. There are no dragons to slay: the majority of the problems we're left with are solvable only by intense focus and difficult choices. But not everyone is well-suited to picking the threads in the giant, terrible knots which we originally tied with good intentions.
If you look through the backgrounds of the militiamen, you'll find a history of petty crime. Impulsive misdemeanors; small acts of violence; stubbornness in the face of official sanction. The same sort of thing you'll see in a particular sort of soldier or police officer: people who can hold their life together with intense discipline, so long as an outlet for their violence is available, but whose life before and after their service is an erratic disaster. I knew a lot of these men when I was working with the homeless.
We sometimes blame this on PTSD. But listen to their own narratives about their lives, and you'll find that they often credit the military for holding their lives together in the face of their own violent impulsivity. Their need for structure, and their desire to channel their impulses toward a useful purpose, isn't a sign of deep, underlying sociopathy: it's an attempt to avoid becoming the person they fear becoming.
To many of these men (and they are almost all men) in the militia movement, their delusions are not the cause of their problem. They are a defective solution to their problem. They long for an apocalyptic civil war, or nuclear holocaust, or the disintegration of the economic order because they are unsuited for an order in which problems cannot be solved by shooting at them.
Having known a lot of these men, I feel a certain amount of sympathy for their position: in a different time, they might have been the impulsive do-gooders whom they imagine themselves to be. But they are often dangerous. They fill the ranks of every authoritarian movement worldwide: they're the petty criminals who became Brownshirts; the Jordanian video-store clerk who founded AQI; the marginal, unemployed Arab twenty-somethings who joined ISIS and al-Qaida.
There is no general solution, other than to reduce the world to the terrifying place where they belong.
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