Humanosity says….Over the last two decades we have witnessed the emergence of Islamic extremism. However this has meant that we haven’t paid enough attention to how the far right has been quietly going mainstream and one man has played a huge role in this development. This great article from the Byline Times details the role he has played.
Governments around the world are waking up to the ever growing threat posed by the far right. The far right has come out of the shadows and is openly organising and recruiting, all in an attempt to get their hands on the levers of power.
The Byline Times traces this upsurge latest
It may seem like this all just happened overnight, but this explosion of proto-fascism can all be traced back to two major sparks, exactly five years ago, in August of 2014, from the website 4chan.org.
Incubator of Hate
Founded in 2003, 4chan has long held a certain notoriety as something of a clubhouse for edgy teens trying to one-up each other with tasteless jokes, skirt the edges of the law, and generally try to establish themselves as the bad boys of the internet.
Most of this hate was traditionally contained to the site, where the lack of identifying information on any given post, and the speed with which they fade from memory encourages a certain boldness that doesn’t carry over to less anonymized parts of the internet. But since around 2007 posters have had a tradition of conducting “operations” outside of 4chan.
Bannon Steps In
One such operation began in earnest in the middle of August 2014. A general campaign to egg on violence towards Black Lives Matter protesters, largely taking the form of impersonating members and encouraging violence towards police and mass-looting.