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Addressing economic inequalities key to countering terrorism without fueling racism
“After recent terrorist attacks, I have witnessed the proliferation of anti-Muslim rhetoric and the rise of right-wing extremist parties…this has led to an atmosphere of fear towards Muslims in countries where they are seen as a separate ethnic group or viewed as foreign.”
Peace Science Insights:
Populist parties have gained support by capitalizing on concerns over the financial burdens of migration and the belief that migrants engage in crime, take jobs away from nationals, are a threat to national identity, or have religious practices incompatible with modern society.
Domestic right-wing terrorism is motivated more by challenges to identity and power than by economic restructuring, job loss, or resentment over left-leaning policies.
In the U.S., research has found domestic right-wing terrorism to be directly related to related to higher levels of female participation in the workforce.
Symbolic targets and threats to identity privilege are more important to motivating right-wing terrorism than objections to policy or more straightforward material or economic factors.
Peace Science Digest Vol 2, Issue 2. “Motivations for Domestic Right-Wing Terrorism in the United States”