How to spot someone who’s been radicalised

This is the British Army’s guide to spotting dangerous extreme right-wing (XRW) people, courtesy of James Wallis on Twitter.

Heres’s a summary.

  • They describe their opponents as traitors
  • They become increasingly angry about perceived injustices and threats to their national or cultural identity
  • They say their critics have been indoctrinated
  • They make sweeping generalisations and peddle untruths about specific minority groups
  • They claim their opponents’ ideology is the root of injustices against vulnerable people
  • They refer to political correctness as a left-wing plot
  • They make sweeping generalisations about “the left” or government
  • They claim they’re preparing for or already fighting a war
  • They actively seek out impressionable individuals to indoctrinate or recruit
  • They claim it’s okay to be abusive to specific minorities
  • They have columns in national newspapers

I may have added an extra point there.

You know where I’m going with this one. The signs the British Army urges squaddies to look for don’t just appear among young men in Army barracks. They’re visible among supposedly nice, respectable middle-class people with jobs in the media too.

The radicalisation described here doesn’t just apply to anti-Islam racism. It’s visible in other forms of bigotry too.




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