Tribalism pp 125-149 | Cite as

Radical Jihad and Paranoid Supremacists



As an anecdote to loss and humiliation, radical Islamic militancy offers rebirth, retribution, and honor with the acceptance of tribal affiliation. To White Supremacists, White Supremacy or White Nationalism offers an America that is “Great Again,” meaning White, Christian, and a reversal of liberal values that have characterized America over the last several decades. For both Radical Jihadist Islam and White Supremacy, the percentage of people who will commit acts of extreme violence is small. But the support for their militancy, or some basic aspects of their cause, are often widely held. They, and a much broader group that supports their ideals, are propelled increasingly by internet-based propaganda that develops alternative truths that idealize a rigid alternative reality. Increasingly, these outlets are listened to and read by millions, and despite their basis in falsity and exaggeration, they become the substitute to a legitimate free press, which they call “fake news.” They begin with arguments that seem reasonable, but quickly escalate to hatred toward the outgroup, a deeply felt need to protect the tribe, and a sense of urgency to move toward militancy. Our behavioral genetics energizes talk of the “war on Islam,” and the “war on Christianity” to rapidly transform from a metaphor to a call to armed struggle and violence.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Behaviorial SciencesRush University Medical CenterChicagoUSA

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