On Security

To Kill an Ideology

Scott Stewart
VP of Tactical Analysis, Stratfor
Mar 16, 2017 | 08:02 GMT
Greek riot police clash with anarchist protesters in Athens on Dec. 6, 2015. Anarchism continues to survive — and inspire — to this day, gaining momentum across the West as nationalism spreads.

Greek riot police clash with anarchist protesters in Athens on Dec. 6, 2015. Anarchism continues to survive — and inspire — to this day, gaining momentum across the West as nationalism spreads.

(LOUISA GOULIAMAKI/AFP/Getty Images)

A few weeks ago I wrote about how uncannily similar today's jihadists are to the anarchists who came a century before them. At the time I focused on the resemblance between the two groups' ideologies, global reach and aspirations, propaganda, appeal to grassroots followers and use of new technology to further their agendas. But as I've had a chance to reflect on the topic in the weeks since, I've come to realize that their likenesses don't end there....

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