Is Radicalisation Colour Blind?

After white nationalists, inspired by former President Donald Trump, stormed the U.S. Capitol on 6th January 2021, it has become fashionable in liberal circles to denounce this insurrection as ‘domestic terrorism’ and compare it with foreign terrorism, inspired by groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State (ISIS). From a distance, the comparisons might seem obvious: political violence, agonistic ideologies, false realities, heroism, alienation and social media addiction. These comparisons have sparked a demand in the United States to criminalise ‘domestic terrorism’ as it does with foreign terrorism and escalate controversial Obama-Biden counterterrorism programs under the new Biden-Harris administration.

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