Why is far-right rhetoric so dangerous? - new journal article

Holger Marcks, Dr Janina Pawelz

In recent years, scholars and policy makers alike have striven to unpack the black box of extremists’ online communication and the rise of far-right violence. IFSH experts Holger Marcks and Janina Pawelz of the PANDORA research project analyze how far-right narratives employed on social media mobilize emotions that prepare for the acceptance or even use of violence. They find a network of narratives that constructs a situation of collective self-defense in which violence becomes a logical option. Counter-narrative efforts should thus not only focus on hate speech but also address the myths of victimhood, which are constitutive of violent fantasies.

Read the full article