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The Far-Right Radicalisation Pipeline and State War-Fighting Capacity


Main Image Credit Alt-right members in Charlottesville holding Nazi and Confederate flags in August 2017, photo by Anthony Crider used under Wikimedia Commons licence


Online radicalisation is a key feature of contemporary far-right movements, and is not only a worrying domestic security concern for increasing numbers of Western countries, but points to deeper Defence vulnerabilities in future state-on-state crises.

Radicalisation is not a single event, but is understood to be a process during which a target individual is guided through various steps of extremism, possibly culminating in violence. Recently, far-right radicalisation has been described as a pipeline, referring to the way in which the algorithms used by online platforms naturally drive users from mainstream conservative and libertarian content towards the depths of the so-called ‘intellectual dark web’. The way in which

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