Tips to stop your friends becoming Nazis, #6 

Tip #6: avoid alienating sources.

If you're trying to push back on the arguments being made by your putative neonate-Nazi conversational partner, bear in mind Tip #1: leftist buzzwords and overly academised language are deeply alienating even to normies, let alone at-risk men.

Try to avoid recommending sources from overtly feminist or leftist blogs. They can be dismissed as "biased" or "SJWs". Either they won't read, or they'll read w/o credulity.

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Tips to stop your friends becoming Nazis, #5 

Tip #5: don't go in empty-handed.

If you're going in to a discussion w/o backup from other sources, your at-risk friend can spam you with "facts and logic" from various RW "thinkers".

If you don't have a strong set of sources with countervailing narratives, you'll be accused of "relying on anecdote" and "having no evidence" to back up your argument. Don't let that happen.

Next few tips: what resources should you use?

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#GetOnOurLawn
Lots of people need lots of different content warnings on posts!
Here are some suggestions on them, not all of them necessarily common:

Selfies and/or eye contact
Food
Gore
Sexual content (some use "lewd" for this, I avoid putting "nsfw" but that's another post)
Public Displays of Affection (pda)
Politics and news (with the places it's relevant in the tag)
Mental health issues
Money

Also, if you make jokes where the content warning is very misleading, put (joke) in the CW!

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For everyone asking for Quote toots in Mastodon -- it's deliberately not been implemented:

blog.joinmastodon.org/2018/07/

(also there's lots of design decisions that seek to try and limit potential abusive behaviour)

Tips to stop your friends becoming Nazis, #4 

Tip #4: you're not debating them.

This isn't about being right or wrong; don't let them turn it into a point-scoring exercise.

People fall into the alt-right b/c they are deeply insecure, feel threatened by the world, don't have empathy for ppl they don't understand, aren't achieving what they think they're owed.

Engaging has to deal w/ those insecurities. Yes, show where they're wrong, but don't let it be *only* that. Get them to show emotion.

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[fr] Bonsoir à toutes.
Nous tenons à vous informer que nous venons de suspendre l’instance
waifu.social Cette communauté a été créée par et pour les membres de JVC,
connus pour lancer des campagnes de harcèlement.

[en] Good evening everyone.
We wanted to inform you that we just suspended waifu.social. This community
was created by and for JVC's members. JVC is the French equivalent of 4chan
and its member are well known for their hatred and for launching harassment
campaigns.

--@Sylvhem

Counter-radicalisation strategies, or "tips to stop your friend becoming a Nazi" #3 

TIP 3. Don't let your emotions show.

This can be *really* hard. I am *not* saying that your emotions are invalid. These are tips aimed solely at effective counter-radicalisation conversations.

Men at risk of radicalisation have consumed media telling them that "SJWs" are emotional & incapable of logic.

As with Tip 1, displaying your anger or upset allows them to stop engaging & categorise you as "just an SJW".

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Counter-radicalisation strategies, or "how to stop your friend becoming a Nazi" 

TIP 2. Don't let them play offence. (youtube.com/watch?v=wmVkJvieaO). They *will* try to throw out 100s of examples they heard from Charlie Kirk/Jordan Peterson/Ben Shapiro about why leftism is bad and white supremacy (or "race realism" or whatever) is ok.

Debunking their "facts" is time-consuming, exhausting & pointless.

Instead, engage w/ the underlying idea. They might be afraid of Islam, or immigration. Why is that?

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Counter-radicalisation strategies, or "how to stop your friend becoming a Nazi" 

Debating Nazis doesn't work. You have to punch them.

But what about your friend/cousin/student who isn't *yet* a Nazi, but is at risk of radicalisation? How do you have a productive discussion with them?

Ongoing thread with tips in each toot. Feedback welcome.

TIP 1. Avoid leftist buzzwords. "Patriarchy/oppression/problematic" act as cognitive halters, let them box you as "just an SJW", & stop listening.

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Twitter is a fascist-enabling, leftist-banning platform, pass it on.

any other academics in the social sciences (particularly sociology, STS, internet studies) around? would love to get some more conversations going on a place that isn't the Bird Site

I’m tim, I’m a PhD at Edinburgh university focussing on the social dynamics of online communities, as well as counter-radicalisation strategies against the alt-right and other hate groups. I’ve probably written more on the incel community than anyone at this point. I’m at timsquirrell.com.

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