BBC News said Canadian leaders are being targeted by online threats, racist or misogynistic insults, public harassment and outright physical intimidation. Recently, Canada’s deputy prime minister was verbally assaulted, and the prime minister was pelted by gravel. Some fear more dangerous attacks could come.
Political violence and unrest are manifestations of negatively trending social mood. Examples include the 1960s and 1970s in the U.S. The Journal of Democracy said that during this period, political violence was carried out by “intensely ideological groups that pulled adherents out of the mainstream into clandestine cells,” such as the Weathermen, Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the Yippies and the Black Panthers. Their targets ranged from property to people.
Tools employed by these groups included bombs. A RAND Corporation article said that by the 1970s, terrorist groups in the U.S. were committing “50 to 60 bombings a year.”
For a deeper look at how negative social mood shaped this volatile period in U.S. history, read “Four Surges in Negative Mood Define 100 Years of the American Security State Part III: Rising Anti-Authoritarianism Leads to Nixon’s Resignation.”
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