Chronological Index

These reports are from Public Good and other sources. They
are arranged in chronological order of publication.


by Scott Buchanan. Buchanan was one of the founders of the New
Program and the “Great Books” curriculum at St. John’s College — the
most significant liberal arts program in 20th century America. This essay was
the result of his long exploration of the meaning of corporations in America. Of
Buchanan, Clifton Fadiman said, “Scott Buchanan is the only human being I
have know of whom one might have said, ‘Socrates, however much greater, must
have been a little like this man.’ …In a period of offically approved
anti-intelliectualism, his sadly ignored voice sounds ever more clearly.”

by Ralph Maughan, Douglas Nilson, Idaho State University Dept. of Political
Science. This paper examines the Wise Use movement as to whether it represents a
new political phenomenon or simply a recurrence of reactionary Western land
revolts such as the Sagebrush Rebellion of the late 1970s and early 80s. The
Wise Use Movement is a desperate effort to defend the hegemony of the cultural
and economic values of the agricultural and extractive industries of the rural
West. It differs from past such movements in its level of desperation and in a
first effort to win allies in other parts of the region and nation. (67K)
Wise Use enters electoral politics
The title says it all. This is the first research report from
Public Good. It was distributed over the internet, was picked
up by the WELL gopher and published in the May 1994 issue of Work In
. (14K)
White Supremacy in the 1990’s – Center for
Democratic Renewal
CDR research director Loretta Ross describes the changing
trends in white supremacist politics. (38K)
Steal This State
Wise Use and the county secession movement in Puget Sound. A shorter
version of this report was published in the August 17, 1994 edition of Eastsideweek.
Merchant of Fear
Profile of Alan Gottlieb, right-wing fundraiser, anti-gun control activist
and one of the founders of Wise Use. A much shorter version of this report was
published in the October 26, 1994 edition of Eastsideweek. (96K)
The Blue Mountain Group Statement
Both a report and a call to action to defend democracy in America from some
of the foremost progressive activists in the country (23K)
Defending Democracy: What to Do?
Press release and call to action from the Blue Mountain Group.
Angry White Guys With Guns: The Rise of the Citizen
Daniel Junas’ article from CovertAction Quarterly. This file includes the
posting from the CAQ editors when they placed the article on the internet four
days after the Oklahoma City bombing and the lead editorial from the Spring 1995
issue. Daniel Junas’ article was written nearly three months before the bombing.
NWCAMH militia meeting summary
Summary of the militia research meeting convened by the Northwest Coalition
Against Malicious Harassment in January 1195. This report is from the NWCAMH
Beacon, Feb. 1995. (7K)
Militia of Montana Meeting at Maltby
Public Good‘s first-hand account of a militia organizing
meeting held near Seattle, Wash. in early February, 1994. (23K)
Leaderless Resistance and the Oklahoma City Bombing
Tom Burghardt of BACORR describes the principles of Leaderless Resistance,
the terrorist strategy promoted by White Supremacists and some militia groups.
Leaderless Resistance could be described as an epidemic of lone nut incidents
with an emphasis on mass murder. (23K)
The Anti-democratic Movement – More than Militias
A Public Good research paper on the ideological roots of
right-wing violence, the role of John C. Calhoun’s Doctrine of Nullification in
Patriot ideology and assault on American democracy. June, 1995. (42K)
Holy Terror: The Implications of Terrorism
Motivated by a Religious Imperative
Dr. Bruce Hoffman’s RAND report with a post-Oklahoma City bombing
postscript (May 1995). (60K)
Wise Use in
Northern Puget Sound
Web version of the 187-page report prepared by Public Good
and published by Whatcom Environmental Council. (contains its
own index) September, 1995. Web version posted January 14, 1997.
Neither Right nor Left: Militia Fever
Janet Bielhl’s report on the cross-over between extreme libertarians and
the white supremacist militia movement. Sometimes refered to as a “right
woos left” phenomenon or a “red-brown” alliance, the convergence
between libertarianism and militias is shown in a new light in this report from
Green Perspectives, A Social Ecology Publication, Number 37, April
Patriots at War with the State
The underlying beliefs of the Christian Patriots, Freemen and Militias.
April, 1996. (31K + images)
A Not So
Distant Mirror
We explore the connection between the Wise Use Movement and the Militias in
the Pacific Northwest. Clear historical parallels exist between these modern
day apocalyptic conspiracy theorists and militant heretics of the Middle Ages in
Europe. May, 1996 (14K + images)
Alliance – Background Documents
The largest law enforcement action against fraud on the Internet. Came
down on May 29, 1996. Public Good uncovered legal papers
linking Fortuna to the so-called Freemen or Constitutionalist movement. View
these facsimile documents in our archive. Thursday, July 25, 1996. (very large
.GIF files)
Public Good uncovered documents linking the Fortuna Alliance of Bellingham
with the Christian Patriot movement. This article in the
Albion Monitor
Internet publication is the result of a six-month investigation. Although the
Federal Trade Commission shut Fortuna down in May, debate still rages: was The
Fortuna Alliance a revolutionary New Age business — or a multi-million dollar
Internet con game? July, 1996 (remote file)
The Indictment of John Pitner, et al.
The complete text of the federal indictment of the Whatcom Count and
Seattle Christian Patriots on charges of conspiracy, explosives and firearms
charges. August, 1996 (10K)
Militia Members Denied Bail
A partial transcript of the August 1, 1996 bail hearing in U.S. District
Court shows some of the information regarding the alleged risk of flight and
potential danger to the community, as presented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan
Dorhmann. Includes some background information and notes by Public
research director, Paul de Armond. August, 1996 (20K)
To Soothe Their
The rise of the militias in Whatcom County has been a long process. This
Public Good Report examines the Citizens for Liberty meeting
at which John Pitner and others asked Whatcom County Sheriff Dale Brandland for
his position on their activities. August, 1996 (11K)
not paranoid if they’re really out to get you
A copy of the draft transcript of a covert FBI recording introduced into
evidence at the Washington State Militia conspiracy trial. Contains a brief
background article, a summary of the transcript and the complete text of the
June 26, 1996 FBI recording.
Putting the Far
Right into Perspective
Comparative analysis of Patriots, militias, neo-nazis, Constitutionalists
and the rest of the Far Right — from conservatives to revolutionaries
Paper, Scissors: Counter-terrorism, anti-terrorism and terrorism
Public Good occasional paper #6. The present occasion calls for
some clarification of the actors and concepts involved in millenarian and
right-wing terrorism. Anti-terrorism is the reduction of terrorist violence by
non-violent means. Counter-terrorism is fighting terrorism as a limited form of
low- intensity conflict. The two strategies are not opposed to each other, but
one is the subset of the other.
Planning conflict
over land use at Western Washington University
This page contains links to eight documents which are part of the formal
record at Bellingham Planning Commission hearings from February to July of 1997.
The hearings are expected to continue into early September, when the Commission
is expected to make a recommendation to the City Council. Includes Public
Good’s initial report on the conflict,
The Castle at
the Top of the Hill

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