Why is the Far Right So Violent?
Posted at 8:40 a.m. on June 11
Brian Beutler: “Between September 11, 2001 and March 2014, right-wing extremists killed 34 people in America.”
“The above figures are based on a tally maintained by experts at the New America Foundation … For all our fretting about jihadi extremism, it’s been less deadly in the U.S. since 9/11 than domestic terrorism, but that neither problem is particularly dangerous.”
“I’m inclined to believe the answer is written into the DNA of conservative extremism—that deeply conservative people are more politically tribal than others, and more inclined to confront cognitive dissonance by entertaining conspiracy theories and cocooning themselves in communities with like-minded true believers.”
“And if that’s the case, it probably wouldn’t change much if Republican politicians became a bit more measured in their attacks on Democrats, Democratic policies, liberalism and so on. If anything, it’s probably more accurate to say that Republicans engage in overheated, apocalyptic rhetoric to remain in good standing with these fixed elements of their political coalition than that they actively engender the underlying beliefs.”