Dancing at Armageddon

Dancing at Armageddon

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Winner of the Charles H. Cooley Award from the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction. Richard G. Mitchell Jr. spent more than a dozen years among survivalists at public conferences, private meetings, and clandestine training camps across America. He takes us inside a compelling, hidden world more connected to the chaos of modern life many of us experience than the label qseparatistq suggests. In survivalism Mitchell found a profound and meaningful critique of contemporary industrial society, a subculture in which the real evil is not repressive government but the far more insidious influence of a qPlanet Microsoftq mentality with its abundance of empty choices. Survivalists, Mitchell shows us, are seeking resistance, not struggling against it; they are looking for ways to define themselves and test their talents in a society that is becoming devitalized and formless.Survivalism and Chaos in Modern Times Richard G. Mitchell ... With concentration and ten yearsa#39; experience teaching this topic, I could follow most of what he said. ... His compass was an unusual version with degree markings ascending counter-clockwise. ... He followed Macya#39;s talk with knit brows, note taking, and agitation. ... The participants were then divided into two groups that later, in Tima#39;s article in American Survival Guide, would be imaginatively called the aquot;Cupcake Stomperaquot;anbsp;...

Title:Dancing at Armageddon
Author: Richard G. Mitchell
Publisher:University of Chicago Press - 2002-01

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