Atran on strengthening community bonds to combat extremist movements

February 7, 2021 MLive

“It was fairly under control because the public space didn’t allow for extremists to come out into the open back then. They were in the closet and had to hide,” Scott Atran said. “But that’s not the case now, (the FBI) lost the tread and allowed it to grow to the point where it is now, where it has metastasized.”

“A great threat to this nation is the ties of community that allowed ideas to be deliberated, that allowed them to bubble up and be agreed up, that social space just doesn’t exist."

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