I think the rise of militias is mostly due to prejudice, since I believe these militias consist of almost only white guys who fear Obama because he's (1) black, (2) "Muslim," (3) "foreign born." Of course, among these militias are those who fear economic collapse because of Obama's "socialist" policies and those who are your run-of-the-mill survivalists. But, the driving factor behind these militias is the increasing marginalization of white men. They once ruled society, now they risk becoming mere equals and that's a real head trip for them. Militia movement resurfaces across U.S. - Life- msnbc.com At least 50 new right-wing militia groups have been identified by the Montgomery, Ala.-based Southern Poverty Law Center, a nonprofit civil rights organization. All have formed within the last two years, many spreading their speeches and combat exercises on YouTube.