Apparently so at least, it’s the right, the far-right if you prefer, that poses the danger to society. Because that’s where all the terrorism is coming from:
More than 80pc of children arrested for terror offences held extreme right-wing beliefs
More than 80 per cent of under-18s arrested for terrorism last year were linked to extreme right-wing beliefs, police figures show.
So, what you’re saying is that the young can be impressed by, fall prey to, whatever nonsense is spouted at them then? Well, doesn’t that just aid in explaining why tomboys seem to want to have their tits cut off these days.
However, we do have a rather deeper problem here. Which is the manner in which what is described as, identified as, terrorism differs across the political spectrum.
If you go around shouting that we should invade Poland and Jews should be turned into soap you are – entirely rightly and justly – slapped down as a vile fascist. Someone who is attempting to revive one of the most appalling injustices of our species.
If you go around shouting that we should eliminate the bourgeoisie as a class and shoot the bankers you are someone who is attempting to revive one of the most appalling injustices of our species. You’ll also gain a respectful readership and possibly even a column in The Guardian. Most useful for impressing those post-op tomboys.
That is, the reason that it seems to be rightwingers identified with terrorism is because it is that right wing that is defined as terrorism. This is inevitable in a world where an Adolf t-shirt is verboeten while Che posters adorn every teenage bedroom. It’s our definition of terrorism that leads to the outcome.