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Making Sense of Terrorism – Part 1

Making Sense of Terrorism – Part 1

Terrorism holds a special place in the Pantheon of Fears that Americans and many others have taken to prostrating themselves before with increasing degrees of devotion over the past generation. The proselytizers of insecurity have found a public that is ripe for conversion through the creation of ubiquitous flows of written, visual, and audio communications that poke and prod at the innate sense of vulnerability with which all human beings struggle. It is by no means the only anxiety-driven idol…

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Preliminary Graph on Motives for Terrorist Attacks in U.S. (1995-2015)

Preliminary Graph on Motives for Terrorist Attacks in U.S. (1995-2015)

Since I am kind of a fan of facts, as opposed to say, “alternative facts” and because I see our conversations about terrorism/violent extremism running afar from the first of these; I decided to dig into the Global Terrorism Database (https://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/) over the last day. I am putting together some (hopefully) informative and accessible illustrations of what the data actually show about the phenomenon generally and specifically within the United States. I am aware that there is a wealth of…

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