De-radicalization?

Submitted by beverage_lawless_pibroch in Antifa (edited )

What are your thoughts on the efficacy of deradicalization of fascists/white supremacists/right-wing radicals through social media interventions? Is anyone doing work in this area or aware of any guides? I'm all for anti-fascist action, but a lot of the people I interact with online are also just kids, and I think their minds are worth fighting for. Most of the work that I can find about deradicalization is about interventions with Muslims, and has lead to really problematic profiling/policies, e.g., in England. Would like to find some resources that are specific to approaching fascists.

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Wrestitaway wrote

It's commendable, but it's not scalable. The amount of racists you can deradicalize wil never outweigh the amout that buy into the alt-light, alt-right garbage.

That being said...life after hate was turned down by the trump administration. They're pretty good.

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beverage_lawless_pibroch OP wrote

Yes, they're the one group I've found. I have the founder's biography on my to-read list.

The scale question is interesting. Those who do interventions with Muslims will say the same thing, that it often takes extensive one-on-one engagement. But I'm not sure that's a reason not to try. It certainly won't scale if nobody's doing it.

I see groups like Identity Evropa making concerted efforts for the minds of college students but I don't see the same intensive, persuasive efforts from our side.

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jadedctrl wrote (edited )

But I'm not sure that's a reason not to try. It certainly won't scale if nobody's doing it.

... frankly, it won't scale period, unless a huge amount of population dedicates a lot of time to this. Which is to say it really won't.

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beverage_lawless_pibroch OP wrote

Diversity of tactics, though... An appealing part of this kind of work is that I can do it at home after my kid goes to bed. It doesn't have to scale to be worthwhile.

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zorblax wrote

online interventions don't have the same effect as offline interventions with people close(or formerly close) to them.

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mftrhu wrote

I don't even bother. De-radicalizing people takes much, much more effort than preventing that radicalization in the first place, and success is far from guaranteed - when I get in an argument it's never about convincing my interlocutor, but everyone else spectating. If it happens, good, but I'm much more interested in stopping them from spouting their drivel and getting other supporters in the first place.

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beverage_lawless_pibroch OP wrote

amongstclouds, thank you VERY MUCH for these links, they are all new to me.

Here's a guide that someone started drafting on fighting anti-rightwing extremism on Instagram. Any edits and suggestions would be greatly appreciated by the author, I'm sure. They surely already have some good things to consider from the feedback on this thread.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/12vewtAEI1dHuZfzVAL7jwqTB1FA64kar46laSK7KGVw/edit?usp=sharing

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