According to a brief from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the number of terrorist attacks from members of the far-right has over quadrupled between 2016 and 2017.
From 2007 to 2011, fewer than five right-wing extremist attacks occurred each year. Between 2012 and 2016, this number rose to an average of about 13 attacks each year, and in 2017, this number spiked to 31, the report states. The largest share of terrorist strikes were carried out with firearms (38 percent), while incendiary devices comprised the second largest share (35 percent). Meanwhile, the third highest share of attacks involved melee weapons such as knives but accounted for only 12 percent of all attacks.
Firearms and incendiary weapons, the report states, “are simple to acquire, easy to use, and require little preparation—especially for lone actors.”
The report cites increasing use of the internet and social media platforms as a central factor for the rise of right-wing extremism not only in the United States, but around the world. Not only do right-wing extremists use the internet to spread propaganda, communicate, and recruit, but they also organize combat training, fundraise, and coordinate travel through digital networks.
Members of the alt-right from around the world cross seas to share their incendiary views with like-minded people.
“In the spring of 2018, for example, several members of the Rise Above Movement (or RAM)—Robert Rundo, Ben Daley, and Michael Miselis—traveled to Germany, Ukraine, and Italy to celebrate Adolf Hitler’s birthday and to meet with members of European white supremacist groups,” the report read. “RAM is a white supremacist group headquartered in southern California.”
“Its members posted photographs on their Instagram accounts of their Europe trip with the RAM logo and words like ‘RAPEFUGEES ARE NOT WELCOME HERE’ and ‘REVOLT AGAINST MODERN … ACTIVISIM-ATHLETICS-VIRTUE … RIGHT SIDE.’”
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