New UK Study Examines Links Between Far-Left Ideology and Violence

CNS News | 8/15/2019 | Staff
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London ( – Ahead of a landmark report being prepared for the British government on extremism, researchers here have warned of a potential wave of violence inspired by the radical left.

The Commission for Countering Extremism was established by the government to provide independent recommendations to the Home Secretary on how to deal with political extremism. It is due to submit those recommendations next month.

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As part of its work, it recently published a study on left wing attitudes, based on mathematical analysis of surveys of hundreds of British citizens.

They were divided into two general groups – the first comprised people who described themselves as very left-wing, and the second was made up of people from across the political spectrum.

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Respondents were asked if they agreed with a series of "revolutionary" statements such as “Capitalism is bad and must be destroyed.”

They were also asked separately whether they sympathized with bombing or other acts of political violence.

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The study authors – academics from King's College London, the University of London and the University of Bristol – “found an individual’s agreement with revolutionary workerist ideas to provide a strong and highly statistically significant indicator of the likelihood that he or she will sympathize with one or more forms of violent extremism.”

They wrote that “sectarian groups” on the far-left in Britain have no capability or desire for terrorist acts now, but that their study showed their ideas could contribute towards violence in the future.

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“While political violence is now relatively rare in Britain,” they wrote, “our findings suggest that opportunities may exist for political entrepreneurs to radicalize those open to revolutionary workerism and ‘anti-imperialism.’”

Dr. Daniel Allington of King's College, one of the authors, said in a statement that unlike groups on the far-right, “revolutionary socialist groups do not promote violence directly,” but that their ideas could justify violence.

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