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I think ultimately people become extremists not necessarily because of the ideology. I think that the ideology is simply a vehicle to be violent. I believe that people become radicalized, or extremist, because they're searching for three very fundamental human needs: identity, community and a sense of purpose.
If underneath that fundamental search is something that's broken — I call them potholes — is there abuse or trauma or mental illness or addiction? In my case, many years ago, it was abandonment. I felt abandoned, and that led me to this community. But what happens is, because there are so many marginalized young people, so many disenfranchised young people today with not a lot to believe in, with not a lot of hope, they tend to search for very simple black-and-white answers.
originally posted by: 3NL1GHT3N3D1
I wonder what the MSM will be talking about next week? Too bad I don't have cable and don't really watch TV.
Oh wait that's right, I have ATS for my latest MSM news! Congratulations for being about the 50th thread in the past couple of days for having "white nationalist" and/or "neo-nazi" in the title.
originally posted by: xuenchen
Wholesome and heartwarming.
Now what if he is an undercover agent ?
Because of the Internet, we now have this propaganda machine that is flooding the Internet with conspiracy theory propaganda from the far right — disinformation — and when a young person who feels disenchanted, or disaffected, goes online, where most of them live, they're able to find that identity online.