Motley Fringe: The moral and political psychology of the alt-right's radicalization pipeline
Griffin, Jason Lavelle
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The alt-right, a loose association of racist think tanks, alternative media outlets and right-wing trolls, have propagated a white nationalist ideology almost entirely through online communication. Understanding the processes that continue to feed their ranks is central to any attempt to push back against the encroachment of dangerous, anti-democratic ideas into mainstream discourse. This study utilizes a unique set of theoretical and critical tools to render the machinations of the alt-right’s radicalization pipeline apparent to outsiders who wish to oppose the creep of white nationalism into mainstream civil discourse. Focusing on Gamergate and Black Lives Matter, this study combines insights from moral psychology and qualitative complexity to produce a model of moral judgment and action grounded in the online environment that created the alt-right.