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April 25, 2014 10:39 AM Cliven Bundy and the Posse Comitatus Movement

By Ed Kilgore

Speaking of Cliven Bundy and Reconstruction…Rachel Maddow offered a fascinating segment last night showing the connections between Bundy’s resistance to federal authority and the Posse Comitatus Movement, rooted in Reconstruction-era efforts to remove federal military authority from the South. It’s a long segment, but it’s Friday and all, so if you have time give it a gander:

In passing Maddow cited a 2008 Washington Monthly piece by Kevin Carey retailing the history of the Posse Comitatus movement, whose exotic legal theories were being used, ironically, by African-American drug dealers accused of murder in Baltimore.

Bundy is standing on a long and disreputable tradition.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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