What is Scripted Violence?

Learn how Trump uses “Scripted Violence” rhetoric that encourages some of his followers to act out in verbal and physical attacks on Trump’s named scapegoats without a direct connection–but an indirect yet powerful connection that makes Trump morally culpable.

See a Slideshow on the processes involved:

How Mobilizing Resentment Generates Scripted Violence: Analyzing the “Tools of Fear”
by Chip Berlet – Presented at the Pennsylvania Sociological Society Annual Meeting
Northampton Community College, October 25, 2018
(The night before the terrorist murders in Pittsburgh)

There is  also a chart on linked processes that I created for the Carter Center in Atlanta


Read the full final draft of my chapter:
Heroes Know Which Villains to Kill: How Coded Rhetoric Incites Scripted Violence.”


Coming Next Month:
Trumping Democracy in the United States:
from Reagan to Alt-Right

A New Book by Chip Berlet from Routledge
< https://www.trumpingdemocracy.us/ >

Challenging Right-Wing Populism, White Nationalism,
Gender Panics, Christian Dominionism, Neofascism,
Militarism, Environmental Plunder, and
Greedster “Neoliberal” Economics

All fascists use some form of populist rhetoric.
Not all populists are fascists.
Right-wing populism can be a precursor to fascism.
Scapegoating rhetoric in both can lead to violence.
Neither should be ignored.
When most people recognize the potential for fascism
. . . .It is too late to stop it….

Progressives, honest liberals, and ethical conservatives
are our short-term tactical allies
in restoring Constitutional government.
But prepare for what is coming by remembering
the words of legendary progressive muckraker
George Seldes:

. . “Fascism and Reaction inevitably attack.
. . .They have won against disunion. They will fail if we unite.”

–George Seldes, You Can’t Do That, 1938

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