Oh there’s no difference. Anyone who is not socialist is a far right extremist. It’s only a matter of weeks till we start seeing “ Christian Far Right“ after the backlash caused by RTE broadcasting their God is a rapist far left attack.
Terrifying really since absolutely anyone who dissents from the progressive line can be categorised as Far Right.I think this propaganda piece wins the prize for being the most pathetic, totalitarian piece of writing so far this Year.
How Ireland can stop the rise of the far-rightRoss Frenett, Co-Chair of the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Communications working group, warns of the rise of the far-right conspiracy theorists
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, last week, at the Capitol in Washington when thousands of people gathered to show their support for the US president and his claims of election fraud. Picture: John Minchillo/AP
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We all watched in horror as rioters inspired by fringe far-right conspiracy theories occupied the US Capitol building last week.
The societal radicalisation on full display has caused many to ask what we in Ireland can do to push back against the extremists in our midst, and avoid similar scenes engulfing Leinster House.
The fight against the violent far-right specifically, and baseless conspiracy theories more broadly, will be a long one, but there are things we can do right now that will make a significant impact on their ability to radicalise and recruit in Ireland.
We must go after the most vicious leaders, and safeguard their most vulnerable adherents.
First, the Minister for Justice must immediately use her powers under the Offences Against the State Act 1939 to ban right-wing terrorist organisations such as Combat-18, National Action and Feuerkrieg Division.
These organisations support the massacre of civilians, justify murderers, such as the man that carried out the Christchurch massacre in New Zealand. Theses organisations have already been banned in Germany, Canada and the UK.
Ireland has a particular duty to act as these organisations radicalise, recruit, and plot attacks online.
Although the digital networks on which far-right terrorist groups rely are sometimes imagined to be divorced from the physical world, they — like the rest of the internet — require real-world data centres in order to function.
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Ireland is swiftly becoming a global data-centre superpower, with TikTok's recent announcement adding to the already imposing list of companies that house their data in Ireland, including Google, Facebook, and Amazon.
Practically speaking, this means that a material amount of global data is stored and processed within the state — including data from far-right extremist groups.
As ‘Europe’s data centre capital’, Ireland has a responsibility to ensure these data centres are not abused by the violent far-right to spread hate throughout the world.
In the aftermath of the Christchurch massacre, Ireland became a signatory to the 'Christchurch Call' to ‘eliminate terrorist and violent extremist online content’.
Despite this, Ireland has not proscribed any far-right terrorist organisation.
The UK, Germany, Canada, and even the United States have taken steps to ban far-right terrorist groups; the Australian opposition has called for similar bans there.
Technology companies use lists of proscribed and suppressed organisations as a guide for ensuring that their services are not used to advance terrorism.
The suppression of these organisations will compel companies with data centres in Ireland to proactively remove any content linked to suppressed groups rather than responding piecemeal to individual take-down notices.
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In order to safeguard our own national security, fulfill our Christchurch Call obligations and prevent far-right terrorists from organising in Ireland, the Government should swiftly suppress these organisations.
Even if their ability to recruit in Ireland is diminished, there will always be some that slip through the cracks.
This is where the second prong of our strategy must come into play.
Ireland must go beyond prescription and ensure that the pool from which these groups are able to draw is as small as possible.
Violent far-right groups thrive on despair and, much like ISIS, often seek to ‘weaponise vulnerability’, seeking out those undergoing personal crisis or with underlying mental health issues.
We have found that people seeking to join violent far-right groups are much more likely to respond positively to self-help content than the general population.
To reduce the pool from which these groups draw we must ensure that those going through a personal crisis are well supported.
There are many examples of how this can be done.
Trump supporters clashed with police and security forces as they stormed the US Capitol in Washington, last week. Picture: Joseph Prezioso/AFP via Getty Images
Throughout Europe, there are dozens of programmes that specialise in dealing with vulnerable people that have been manipulated by the violent far-right, such as Aggredi in Finland, or EXIT-Germany.
Here in Ireland, inspirational civil society groups such as text50808 have been pioneering groundbreaking new ways of reaching people going through a personal crisis, and have already helped thousands of Irish people dealing with depression and isolation.
Groups such as these need to be resourced effectively and connected with those trapped in the rabbit hole of far-right conspiracy theories.
Ireland should show empathy for the vulnerable people who have been groomed by the violent far right, and have zero tolerance for the ringleaders who use our state to praise and encourage murder.
The best time to start a focused effort against the far right in Ireland was yesterday. The next best time is now.
- Ross Frenett CEO of Moonshot CVE and Co-Chair of the EU’s Radicalisation Awareness Network Communications working group.
History tells us that socialists demonise their political opponents.Terrifying really since absolutely anyone who dissents from the progressive line can be categorised as Far Right.
The other interesting thing I notice is the call for tech companies based in Ireland to intervene. Let's remember the proof that pornhub (based in Dublin) were hosting child porn and rape videos was available for a long time and not a single journalist in Ireland called on them to intervene.
Some cop in Washington killed himself today and American leftists are blaming Trump.Hi folks. There have been a number of actors using far left conspiracy theories to attack their political opponents.
The modus operandi is simple. Use anonymous sources and Blame anonymous bogeymen they call “the far right”.
Politicians, the media and Police have all used this conspiracy theory to tarnish their opponents. It’s time to catalogue these abuses of power.
Here is one example, feel free to post others as they arrive in this thread.
We have new reached the Extreme Propaganda era according to Laura
Now does everyone understand why I wore a yellow JUDEN star on my chest when I handcuffed myself to Twitter’s HQ office in 2018 to raise awareness about Twitter & big tech censorship of conservatives?
The Holocaust didn’t start with the camps, gas chambers, and ovens.
It began with extreme propaganda, creation of lists of undesirables to convince the masses that a certain population was problematic for society, then it began with the de-humanization of those people, then the SS shut down and destroyed Jewish businesses with violence, encouraged people to rat their neighbors out, libraries were burned, people were rounded up and jailed.
And then before you know it, 6 million jews were killed and the world did nothing to stop it from happening because of an information blackout, propaganda, and a Nazi leader who was able to convince the people that their actions were for the sake of unifying Germany.
My twitter protest was the #1 trending story in the world.