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The Marauders

Conspiracy Theories, Militias, and Violence on the U.S. Border

This real-life Western tells the story of how citizens in a small Arizona border town stood up to anti-immigrant militias and vigilantes.

The Marauders uncovers the riveting nonfiction saga of far-right militias terrorizing the border towns of southern Arizona. In one of the towns profiled, Arivaca, rogue militia members killed a man and his nine-year-old daughter in 2009. In response, the residents organized and spent two years trying to push  the new militias out through boycotts and by urging local businesses to  ban  them. The militias and vigilante groups again raised the stakes, spreading Pizzagate-style conspiracy theories alleging that town residents were complicit in child sex trafficking, prompting fears of vigilante violence.

The Marauders flips the standard formula most often applied to stories about immigration and the far right. Too often those stories are told from the perspective of the ones committing the violence. While Strickland doesn’t shy away from exploring those dark themes, the far right are not the protagonists of the book. Rather, the people targeted by hate groups, and the individuals who rose up to stop them in their tracks, are the heroes of this dramatic story.

The Marauders flips the standard formula most often applied to stories about immigration and the far right. Too often those stories are told from the perspective of the ones committing the violence. While Strickland doesn’t shy away from exploring those dark themes, the far-right are not the protagonists of the book. Rather, the people targeted by the hate groups, and the individuals that rose up to stop them in their tracks, are the heros of this dramatic story.

Patrick Strickland was a senior reporter at Al Jazeera English for several years, and now writes for The GuardianPolitico EUColumbia Journalism Review, and elsewhere. His previous book is Alerta! Alerta! Snapshots of Europe’s Anti-Fascist Struggle. He lives outside of Dallas, TX when not reporting from the American borderlands, or from Athens, Greece, where he has been investigating the downfall of the Nazi-like Golden Dawn party.

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