Stochastic terrorism should be a topic of public discussion.

I was happy to see there are a lot of articles about the subject of stochastic terrorism when I did some looking. Here is one by Mhedi Hasan, After El Paso, We Can No Longer Ignore Trump’s Role in Inspiring Mass Shootings. The article defines it as,

“the use of mass communications to incite random actors to carry out violent or terrorist acts that are statistically predictable but individually unpredictable.”

Trump talks about his political enemies like they are violent threats in addition to the constant lying and other disparaging things. DARVO. The chants to lock people up without any respect for cited crimes or judicial processes are incitement.

Right after the kidnapping attempt on Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer we might have one on Wichita Mayor Brandon Whipple. Trump is the best worst example of things right now. In this case how irrational incompetent political leaders can inspire violent acts with broad disparaging language.

Credit to Lynna in PZ’s Political Madness thread.


  1. sonofrojblake says

    It’s happening in the UK. The Home Secretary is stoking up hatred towards “activist lawyers” she blames for her not being able to deport people whenever she likes. Bloody lawyers, trying to ensure people get proper representation and that the law is upheld, bastards.

    For an extra layer of massive hypocrisy and irony, of course, the Home Secretary in question is named Patel. In the words of Al Murray the Pub Landlord – beautiful British name.

    Worse still, our Prime Minister has complained that our legal system is “being hamstrung by lefty human rights lawyers”. That’s right – human rights lawyers are the villains here, not our fine, upstanding, American-born descendant of Ottoman Turks Prime Minister. You couldn’t make it up.

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