Today the @DFRLab released their newest report, "After the Insurrection: How Domestic Extremists Adapted and Evolved after the January 6 US Capitol Attack." Here's author @jaredlholt to break down the key takeaways.— Atlantic Council (@AtlanticCouncil) January 4, 2022
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Also released with this report is a collection of short essays from other expert voices in this space. https://t.co/dwKXn7Leuu— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) January 4, 2022
Talked to NBC about the evolutions extremist movements that engaged and channeled energy toward J6 have undergone since the attack. I’ve got a longform report coming out tomorrow that goes even more in-depth. Thanks @BrandyZadrozny— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) January 4, 2022
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Glorified hall monitor Jared Holt’s long awaited report on the state of “domestic extremism” as it has evolved since 1/6 dropped this morning.
Here are some of the key takeaways for Team Extremism:
Censorship – In spite of the massive censorship of mainstream social media platforms by the ADL since 2017, “extremist” ideas and narratives exploded in 2021 and swept through a much larger swath of the population which has been redpilled on Wokeism, the Great Replacement, secession, etc. The deplatforming of Donald Trump helped him and made him more popular because he no longer has his social media megaphone which he was using to drive the news cycle and annoy swing voters.
Doxxing – As with censorship, doxxing people on the “far right” and organizing Twitter mobs to get them fired from their jobs imposes costs on individuals while failing as a tactic to solve social problems. It only deepens polarization and accelerates radicalization. There are now significantly more radicals in 2022 than in 2017. Those radicals are also significantly more likely to embrace violence as a legitimate tactic.
Lawfare – As with censorship and doxxing, the costs of lawfare fall on individuals and organizations. Lawsuits don’t solve social problems. It doesn’t do anything to address the tens of millions of people who support “extremism” and who don’t get sued. It is another tactic which only deepens polarization and radicalization. There are more radicals in 2022 and Sines v. Kessler did not stop the trend.
Antifa Violence – In 2017, Mitt Romney and Marco Rubio were saying there was no moral equivalence between Antifa and the Alt-Right. Antifa were like American soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy. Nothing did more drive millions of conservative normies over the cliff into “extremism” than all the Antifa and BLM violence during the George Floyd riots. The end result of all of their property damage and pointless street battles was to become a caped villain for the Right, politically damage the Democrats and ultimately to radicalize more people and drive them into “extremism.”
State Repression – Over 700 people have been arrested due to the Capitol Siege. “Journalists” have spent a solid year on non-stop sanctimonious coverage of the January 6 insurrection. The Biden administration has released of whole-of-government strategy to tackling “domestic extremism” up to and including purging the military. A year later, Trump is stronger than ever before, more people believe the election was stolen from him and his supporters have become significantly more radical while trust and confidence in institutions like the FBI has plummeted. It is a remarkable illustration of technocratic failure.
So, here we are … by literally every metric, “domestic extremism” has only grown worse over the past five years in spite of reliance on all of the above ham-fisted tactics.
The report mostly describes how tactics have shifted since Charlottesville and 1/6:
- Existing online communities on sites like Twitter and Facebook have largely migrated to Gab and Telegram
- More people are using encrypted apps for communication to cut out the “extremism researchers”
- Cryptocurrency has been used for years as an alternative to payment processors like PayPal and Stripe. In many cases, deplatforming turned out to be a financial windfall for “extremists” due to the Bitcoin boom
- Virtually no one supports holding large volatile public rallies in progressive shitholes like DC, Charlottesville, Berkeley, Portland which are media spectacles for “journalists” like Elle Reeve or Luke O’Brien to cover and which provide employment for those people
- Activism has become local and decentralized. For one thing, it makes more sense to engage in activism where our people actually live and where we can organize more supporters instead of going on lib owning expeditions into Berkeley or Charlottesville
- Meetups have become private because attaching them to large volatile public events like Charlottesville is unnecessary
- There is usually no compelling reason to draw national attention and Antifa LARPers to local activism, conferences and organizing drives
- Instead of the “Nazi Troll Army” pushing memes and narratives on Twitter, the same ideas, critiques and narratives are pushed in a more polished form to a much larger audience on FOX News
Joe Biden and the Left do all of the heavy lifting for us in radicalizing their opposition. We don’t need to hold events like Charlottesville. It is better to stay out of the national spotlight while Democrats talk about things like scrapping the Constitution in the New York Times.
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