"Second Maine Militia" Formed - Opposes the Undermining of Democracy by Corporations

Jamal Hannah x342446 (jah@iww.org)
Mon, 12 Feb 1996 12:05:46 -0800 (PST)

According to the Boston Sunday Globe, Feb 11, 1996 [page 46], a woman
named Carolyn Chute in Parsonsfield, Maine has formed a militia intended
to oppose corporate domination of America.

This seems to be a distinctly different sort of "militia" from the more
economicaly conservative ones ("patriot" movement, NRA, "Bo" Duke,
Michigain Militia, etc.), or the more enigmatic, conspiracy-fearing
militias (Linda Thompson, Waco revenge, etc.)

Carolyn is a 48 year old writer... her books include "Merry Men",
"Letourneau's Used Auto Parts", and "The Beans of Egypt, Maine".
Her husband, Michael, works as a caretaker for a local cemetary.

The first meeting of the "Second Maine Militia" was on
Jan. 27... cancelled by rain, but 30 people showed up anyway.

Carolyn appears to be a firey, intelligent woman with a strong belief in
the democracy which the founding fathers (supposedly) intended...
a system where corporations were not considered "individuals"
and did not have the rights of the country's citizens. Her focus is
on the neglected poor and working class of her native land.

Though the article in the Globe emphasized an "armed" orientation,
in reality the members of the meeting did not bring guns with them,
and the organizations' tactics, far from draconian, include
marching to the capital, pickets, and possibly getting arrested
in political protest and civil disobediance. But Chute is no liberal-
in response to her less-radical critics, she said she has focused on guns
not to advocate an armed struggle, but to attract members from the country-

"To the people of my culture, the rural working-class people, who still
have one foot in the old... culture, a gun, like a plow, like a canning
jar, is only a tool," she wrote.