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Analysis of Capitol rioters reveals grumpy old men

Jason Norwood-Young
Jason Norwood-Young

The Chicago Project on Security and Threatsdata analysis of the terrorists that raided the US Capitol buildings on 6 January, in an attempt to topple democratic rule in the country and stage a coup on behalf of ousted strongman dictator Donald Trump, has revealed that the rioters don’t fit the usual profile.

“20 of the Capitol arrestees we studied— one-tenth—can be classified as supporters of gangs, militias, or militia-like groups such as the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and Three Percenters. The role that such groups played in the riot has attracted considerable news coverage. But 89 percent of the arrestees have no apparent affiliation with any known militant organization,” reports the researchers in The Atlantic. This compares to almost half of white-wing extremist arrests from 2015 to 2020.

They weren’t the usual disenfranchised young bucks either. Forty percent owned their own businesses, and most were over 35.

The conclusion is frightening: fascism in the US is spreading and going mainstream.

Jason Norwood-Young
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