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PostWhat Motivated the January 6th Insurrectionists? A New Study (Tor Guimaraes, USA, 04/10/21 3:20 am)
As recently reported by the NY Times, political scientist Robert Pape studied what motivated the 380 people arrested in connection with the attack against the Capitol on January 6. His informal hypothesis was that the rioters were driven to violence by the lingering effects of the 2008 Great Recession. Instead he found most of the people who took part in the assault came from places where there is widespread fears that the rights of minorities and immigrants were crowding out the rights of white people in American politics and culture.
Counties with major declines in the non-Hispanic white population are the most likely to produce insurrectionists, even when controlling for population size, distance to Washington, unemployment rate and urban or rural location.
The two most significant determinants for the violence were: 1) The Great Replacement theory believed by white nationalists that minorities are progressively replacing White populations due to mass immigration policies and low birthrates, and 2) Extensive social media exposure.
JE comments: See link, below. Mr Pape concludes that the the rioters were demographically similar, and motivated by the same fears as their counterparts from earlier times, beginning with the anti-immigrant, anti-Catholic "Know-Nothings" of the 1840s and '50s.