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ziq wrote

This is so disturbing it's almost worth adding a trigger warning.

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DissidentRage wrote (edited )

I feel legitimately saddened by this article in a lot of ways. Some of his behavior reminds me of how my brother was growing up, in particular the head-to-surface banging, getting into shenanigans and doing shit to piss people off (fortunately my brother is not so politically-oriented). I wonder how much of this stems from acting out to seek the approval of his father, who in all likelihood probably directed no small amount of physical violence onto him growing up, given what they've said about his father's relationship to his mother. My brother also did a lot of shit to get approval from our dad like this, but his relationship with dad soured when he got older and wised up to the fact dad was never going to care. It seems in this case his dad did approve eventually, and I wonder how much of his present ideology stems from making dad happy rather than having his own opinions.

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Ant wrote

Goddamn long read, took my distracted self about two hours

worth it though

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161 wrote

tfw you take a massive shit on your own life to please your dad

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000 wrote (edited )

What a hero of the alt-right! Hippy, vegan, pedophile, homosexual, race mixer, drug addict, Russia-employed anti-America troll. Spent most of his life denouncing white culture, capitalism and imperialism and is now a lizard fearing neo-Nazi wannabe!

Putin wants the destruction of America and Europe so that Russia can be ‘great’ again. If you support Putin then you’re a traitor to your country and your ‘European identity’.

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yie wrote

Putin wants the destruction of America and Europe so that Russia can be ‘great’ again. If you support Putin then you’re a traitor to your country and your ‘European identity’.

Are you being sarcastic or do you believe this?

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DissidentRage wrote

I think they're highlighting the contradictions between Anglin's and typical fascist ideology.

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Halstan wrote

Very interesting, albeit frightening, read. It's scary how someone can change so much and how family and friends can influence people. I wonder how many moves that racist nut job is away from totally changing his world view again?

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TheNewKing wrote

It's interesting right. What I find most interesting is that they are mostly young men. You see it with the alt-right, but also a lot of terrorist attacks are committed by young men. Even a lot of antifa is young men. They seem much more susceptible to radicalization for some reason. The alt-right especially seems to take advantage of this very well, the movement is huge.

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DissidentRage wrote (edited )

I think environmental entrenchment in ideology and privileged access contribute to it.

In my own experience I was raised in a very highly conservative but poor family. When the recession hit I drifted into the right-libertarian Ron Paul sphere. There were issues I had with the ideology I could never resolve (like the abject denial of externalities), but in hindsight I think I latched onto it because the recession wiped me out and I was desperate to hear something that made me feel more in control of my circumstances than I was. The whole "bootstraps" thing made me think that if I could just figure out how to do everything the right way, I would be better off.

A combination of being made homeless a couple times and pondering on the issues I had with the ideology pushed me left. These experiences helped me realize how toxic and judgmental right-libertarianism is. There are days I wonder if I would have continued a rightward trajectory if I had a well-to-do family to buffer me from the harsh realities of life and to reinforce my worldview at the time.

Life is suffering and pain, and still I am unhappy with the life I lead, but I am accepting the things I cannot change, focused on who exactly is at fault for the things that go wrong, and comforted finally having a worldview that isn't rife with unresolved contradictions. And of course, the leftist community is much more diverse and vibrant than any rightist coalition could ever be.

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libre_dev wrote

That's not so strange since young men do not have much value, and must always justify their own existence through action

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Halstan wrote

Agreed. With the rise of real equality, obviously a good thing, many men, especially, white men, seem to be lost as to what their role is. My worry is that the West in general is starting to parallel the 1930s again where fascists and communists are duking it out in the streets. I don't know how it's going to end, but it's gonna get worse before it gets better