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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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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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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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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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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