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The mass illusion

Navigating many of the issues that have been discussed is not too hard when you have the right tools to see the information out there for what it is. Whether it be prejudiced beliefs and actions, conspiracy theories, indoctrinated or radicalized groups, or even the rhetoric many of those in authoritative positions utilize to sway … Continue reading

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Blood for the Blood God

With the aid of their propaganda and utilization of scapegoats, demagogues and even groups essentially pull the wool over the eyes of their followers. Not only that, there is a mass amount of confusion generated. Where the amplification of one group's message begins the process of polarization, as the opposite end of the spectrum is … Continue reading

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Creeping normality

I have shown how those that follow conspiracy theories typically rely on mental shortcuts to navigate the information, and the content that feeds them this information is efficient in capturing more automatic cognitions. Kahneman (2011), found that the brain forms thoughts in two ways. He distinguishes the process by referring to them as system one … Continue reading

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The virgin analysis versus the Chad two-valued logic

As has been mentioned, the process of spreading the message of the far-right is diffuse and self-perpetuating, with no real head on the hydra, a few demagogues have managed to gain some notoriety but are not exclusively tied to any hate groups or fringe ideologies, though small threads can be connected to their ideas and … Continue reading

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On or honor off

Alongside the musings of Hoffer and findings of Allport, a line of research has illuminated one mechanism that might be fueling some of the violence in far-right ideology. This can be found in the culture of the southern United States.  The fact is, the number of hate groups has greatly increased since 2017 and a … Continue reading

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Programming guides

While going through the literature and researching the topic it seems, at times, that the far-right can work with sophisticated methods of propaganda and persuasion, from a broad view it is like cult behavior or mirrors religious fanaticism in its application and practice. The next several posts will be delving into some of the supposed … Continue reading

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Leaping to the wrong conclusions. Or try not to kermit hate crimes.

 The more prominent figures within the milieu of the alt-right are bolstered by a seemingly large amount of internet traffic and users that help spread propaganda that typically leans towards messages of hate and violence. One of the key propaganda machines that have been indicated is the board Politically incorrect, or /pol/, on the anonymous … Continue reading

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Profits of Deceit

The influencers like Peterson and Shapiro show there are some lighter or inadvertent versions of what the alt-right represents, though the blending of their audiences with the more radical side adds another layer, the deeper end of the ideology was brought  to mainstream attention by Richard Spencer who is described by  the Southern Poverty Law … Continue reading

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America’s next top lobster.

  Returning to the figure mentioned last time, Louis Beam, who introduced a theory on leaderless resistance into the white supremacist playbook. Through this contribution to the racist movement, we can begin to see how the group might adapt to their environment. Beam (1992), wrote that it is important to adopt a fluidity in behavior … Continue reading

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Finding the right assessment.

 It needs to be noted that according to some data, the alt-right are a rare group, with the majority being male, and between the ages of 45 to 60+, there is still a seemingly sizable number of young adults in the group as well. According to this research's particular sample of the population, the alt … Continue reading