A West Point think tank report that links people who believe in individual freedom with violent â€œfar rightâ€ movements has stirred strong opposition from conservatives and former members of the military.
They say the report, first revealed by The Washington Times, lumps basic beliefs of mainstream conservatism into an â€œanti-federalistâ€ movement that in the authorâ€™s view directs violence toward the government.
They wonder why an institution that molds future Army officers to fight foreign enemies now is focusing on a perceived domestic threat. They also say that a thorough report on ideologically fed violence would scrutinize unions, Occupy Wall Street demonstrators and radical environmentalists.
The West Point report also disparages conservatives in general, saying they live in the past while liberals are future-oriented.
â€œThis report is outrageous in and of itself,â€ said a Washington Times reader, one of more than 1,600 to post a comment. â€œBut it speaks of a far worse scenario at the hallowed West Point; the rise of liberalism within the faculty there and their desire to shape the next generation of warrior/patriots into left-of-center thinkers. Sad and troubling. Our country is in trouble on so many fronts now.â€
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