As Georgi Dimitrov wrote in The Fascist Offensive over 80 years ago, fascism is not a petty bourgeois or lumpenproletarian uprising, but rather a creation of the big bourgeoisie in order to crush a genuine progressive populist revolution. Fascism is capitalism in crisis where the most reactionary elements of the ruling class ruthlessly defend the capitalist system. – PC
Former extremists say they were sucked in by propaganda as teenagers, thanks to an algorithm’s dark side.
For David Sherratt, like so many teenagers, far-right radicalization began with video game tutorials on YouTube. He was 15 years old and loosely liberal, mostly interested in “Call of Duty” clips. Then YouTube’s recommendations led him elsewhere.
“As I kept watching, I started seeing things like the online atheist community,” Sherratt said, “which then became a gateway to the atheism community’s civil war over feminism.” Due to a large subculture of YouTube atheists who opposed feminism, “I think I fell down that rabbit hole a lot quicker,” he said.