Extremism is a phenomenon I know something about. I became radicalized shortly after converting to Islam; largely due to a zeal for piety and a pre-existing Leftist leaning for what is now called “Social Justice”. This took me down a destructive path that culminated in imprisonment. I spent seven years in jail, studying my religion properly, and examining the way extremists distort it and indoctrinate naïve, ignorant and psychologically vulnerable people; all for the singular purpose of attaining power.
After finally being released from prison, I began to write about the political crisis in Egypt at the time, fearing that opposition groups could easily fall prey to violent extremism and turn their country into another Syria.
One of the ways radical Islamist groups persuade people to violence is by discrediting all other available options. They literally impose hopelessness. They make people despair of their institutions, and deny that any course of redress can be useful. They work to increase the distress and anxiety people feel, undermine their capacity for calm and patience, until they are ready to explode. They impose cognitive dissonance. They insist on victimhood. They offset this with the abstract promise of a new beginning, a pristine Utopian future; while claiming that the designated “oppressor” is the only obstacle preventing it from becoming a reality.
All of this should sound familiar.
I was responsible for helping hundreds of people turn away from this type of polarized paradigm in Egypt. I became universally hated by Islamist groups in the country, and even got death threats from ISIS. Despite consistently calling for nonviolent direct action, liberal mainstream American media depicted me as a militant mastermind. So, fake news is also a phenomenon I know something about.
As I have watched the Woke Movement spread, I recognize it as another extremist ideology, a radical secular religion, that operates exactly the same way as Political Islam and Jihadism. The “un-Woke” are their “infidels”. The slightest disagreement is “apostasy”.
They prey upon the well-intentioned and naïve; and they sell people the notion that the prerequisite to having a mansion is that they first burn down their house.
#BLM and #AntiRacism are just tactical instruments in a sweeping agenda of civilizational destruction, because race in America is the one issue that can effectively silence all oppositi and #AntiRacism are just tactical instruments in a sweeping agenda of civilizational destruction, because race in America is the one issue that can effectively silence all opposition.