| "Extremism" |
• Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism|
• Counter Extremism Project
• Alex Schmid
"Extremism" is an enemy image used to designate enemies of the state. The commercially-controlled media uses the word with negative overtones (i.e. a connection with "terrorism", but it is not limited to "violent extremism". Laws about "extremism" also apply to "non-violent extremists", enabling a more modern, somewhat subtler form of lèse-majesté. Such ideas form the core of the public pretext used by the Internet censorship projects being carried out by the deep state.
The Western commercially-controlled media often use the word "extremism" is conjunction with "religious", particularly "Islamic" - (i.e. "Islamic extremism"), sometimes in the compound "domestic extremism", but rarely in conjunction with other religions. The word is a flexible one which lacks much of a proper definition. It is pejorative and exonymic - i.e. people use it to put down other people, and never apply it to themselves. One look on a search engine will conform the standard usage.
“Should these extremist views be allow [sic.] in society with the risk they could incite some to violence?”
(2011-04-09) - 
As is not unusual for enemy images, "extremism" is a word which has lacked a clear and consistent definition. In 2014, the UK government defined extremism as "vocal or active opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs".
“Words strain - Crack and sometimes break, under the burden - Under the tension, slip, slide, perish - Will not stay still...
For last year's words belong to last year's language - And next year's words await another voice.”
T.S. Elliot (1943) - 
Sociology professor David Miller has suggested that corporate media appear to be stoking fear of Islam by very disproportionate reporting of "Islamic extremists". This is does as a component of the "war on terror" narrative used to facilitate the changing of laws purportedly intended to fight "terrorism". Once passed, the lack of a legal definition of "extremism" or "terrorism" means that they are routinely used to facilitate social control such as mass surveillance of entire populations. An "extremist" becomes anyone who expresses dissenting opinions to that which the nation state promotes.
The lack of a proper definition have allowed different agencies within the UK government to use the word "extremism" in contradictory ways. The purported 'research' into counter-extremism is so unempirical and vague as to not really merit that term. Nafeez Ahmed has referred to it as "astonishingly crap". Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Metropolitan police commissioner promised when the Met's "anti-extremism unit" was set up that it would target serious criminals rather than peaceful protesters, but it has been used against senior UK Green party members Caroline Lucas and Sian Berry.
In 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee today the House and Senate intelligence committees were preparing plans to counter “extremist content and Russian disinformation online.” Julian King, European Commissioner for the Security Union, announced that corporations must remove "extremist" material from the internet within hours, if its uploading could not be prevented altogether.
The phrase "violent extremism" is an increasingly common phrase which appears to be used as a replacement for the word "terrorism", which also is problematic as regards definition. Although the label "extremism" is associated with violence, some governments have used the phrase "non-violent extremism" when drafting legislation. Alex Schmid of the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism argued that “the distinction between “non-violent extremism” and “violent extremism” is not a valid one.”
The FBI has been borrowing from the UK's PREVENT programme, encouraging high schools to report anyone who criticises government policy as potential future "terrorists", warning that “anarchist extremists” are in the same category as ISIS.
China appears to be collaborating with the meme of "extremism". In 2017 it announced many restrictions on dress, cultural life, banning "abnormal beards" etc. in the majority Moslem province of Xinjiang. These were claimed to be measures to fight "extremism".
|Domestic extremism||An enemy image used to try to justify repression of alternative ideas|
|Non-violent extremism||An enemy image used to try to justify violent repression of those who advocate non-violent change.|
|File:FBI-Extremist Symbols 2006.pdf||report||9 November 2006||(U//LES//FOUO) The Colorado Information Analysis Center has received information from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Joint Terrorism Task Force (FBI/JTTF) regarding extremist symbols, tattoos and terminology. The following is a guideline for possible identification of members and or activists related to the individual groups|
|The Astonishingly Crap Science of 'Counter-Extremism'||webpage||17 March 2016||Nafeez Mosaddeq Ahmed||An expose of the crass lack of any valid scientific basis of government strategies to fight radicalisation. Nafeez Ahmed agrues that the "most academically accurate concept to capture this absurd level of crappiness is ‘bullshit’".|
|Unthinking extremism - Radicalising narratives that legitimise surveillance||paper||26 October 2015||Ben Harbisher|
|Internet/Censorship||“Radical and extremist Islamic propaganda distributed in Europe continues to feed off events happening outside Europe. The Internet is one media outlet, perhaps the essential media outlet for this propaganda.”||6 November 2007|
|Nonviolence||“preventing violent extremism is not enough; rather all extremism – Islamist and other – ought to be prevented, given the bloody track record of extremism in power in the twentieth century and beyond. Rather than distinguishing between non-violent and violent extremists, we should distinguish between extremists and non-extremists and support the latter against Islamists at home and abroad. Governments should challenge and resist all extremism, whether it is violent or not, whether it is Islamist or not.”||Alex Schmid||May 2014|
|Theresa May||“There is to be frank, far too much tolerance of extremism in our country.”||Theresa May||2017|
- LSE BlogLSE Blog
- Four QuartetsFour Quartets
- Document:Radicalisation - UK.gov gets itself in cluster-muddle over 'terrorism'
- Document:The Astonishingly Crap Science of 'Counter-Extremism'
- International Centre for Counter-TerrorismInternational Centre for Counter-Terrorism, May 2014
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