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A rightwing network of British bloggers and social media activists has emerged as an increasingly influential voice for white nationalists and for those who oppose multiculturalism.
The network is also credited with helping propel Donald Trump to the presidency, a new report has claimed.
In its annual audit of the far right, Hope not Hate, the UK’s largest anti-racism and anti-extremism movement, said that although conventional far right groups such as the English Defence League continue to fracture, new forces have surfaced that can reach a vast international audience and bolster support for the “alt-right”, which is defined as the far right with a fringe “white nationalist element” that opposes multiculturalism and defends “western values”.
Analysis of the global far right network during 2016 – a year that witnessed Brexit and a marked populist resurgence throughout Europe and the US – identified 28 far right groups active in the UK but also named a cohort of Britons that it said were instrumental in propagating “alt-right” views and masterminding attacks on liberal democracy.
“It was a year where a new far right threat became more evident, one that played out largely on social media and to an international audience,” the report states.
“It is a threat that has been at the heart of the global fake news phenomenon and one that can engage and mobilise far greater numbers of people across Europe and north America.”
An example of these activities is provided by London-based Paul Watson, described as “editor, staff writer” for the conspiracy website InfoWars – whose most popular article on Friday morning was headlined: “Trump destroys leftist judges.” Watson, who has 483,000 Twitter followers and 764,872 subscribers on YouTube, is named as a central disseminator of the conspiracy theory concerning Hillary Clinton having debilitating health issues in the runup to the US election, including the “Is Hillary Dying?” hoax.
Another Briton said to have had an influential intervention in the US electionsis 52-year-old Jim Dowson, a Scottish Calvinist who founded the far right, anti-Muslim party Britain First. ... Among the increasingly internationalised far right movement, Dowson is considered adept at building an online fanbase, managing to attract 1.4 million Facebook followers to Britain First.
Dowson himself has described his strategy as spreading “devastating anti-Clinton, pro-Trump memes and sound bites into sections of the population too disillusioned with politics to have taken any notice of conventional campaigning”.
Another Briton named as a highly effective voice for the far right, even though he has attempted to distance himself from the movement, is Milo Yiannopoulos, technology editor of Breitbart News, the US website which claimed to have 45 million unique readers in the weeks up to and during the aftermath of Trump’s election.
originally posted by: Damiel
How Britain's extremist bloggers helped the alt right go global
I'm trying hard here.... not to say it ...but but but ..hhggnnnyya
How in the hell has Britain who, a few decades ago, use to be fashion city,
democracy street ... rain...
a cup of tea and Mary Poppins
Mutated into fascist central ?
originally posted by: Counterintelligence
People, of every colour, including white people..have been asking "but why would the predominantly white male dominated MSM, continually attack white males?????"
See, when something doesn't add up, it's because your initial calculations were off.