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The far-right is tearing itself apart online in a way that also sheds like on our domestic hate producers, notably Tan Torino who worked with Caolan (center) only a few months back. Milo has accused Caolan of ripping off huge amounts of cash & acting as an informant. /1
The accusations run to page after page and mostly amount to grifters falling out as pressure from #AntiFa has led to them being unable to hold public events & social media corps cutting off their funding streams, Milo never recovered from Berkley No Platform riot /2
Much of the detail of the conflict is pull up a chair and have some popcorn but Milo does confirm what was long suspected. The far-right are dependent on billionaire money to operate at scale. He claims Mercer pulled an additional 6 million intended to run his operation /3
This needs to be remembered, many people fell for the portrayal of the alt-right as particularly clever or skilled at memes as an explanation for their growth. The reality is there was huge amounts of billionaire cash behind them spent on gear, travel, their wages etc /4
This was also used to push alt-right material via paid ads - including 1st major appearance in Ireland at the time of #Strike4Repeal We detailed this at start of #repealedThe8th campaign /5
This cash enabled the alt-right to reach a layer of already racist & misogynist angry young white men, to incite them and then to try & mobilise them alongside more traditional neo-nazis at events like the Charlottesville fascist rally where they murdered Heather Heyer /6
The polling & exit polling around the referendums in Ireland demonstrate that alt-right meme propaganda did not reach beyond a layer of angry young men who already hated women, once defeated their SM accounts switched to posting racist hate but also failed at recent elections /7
Milo also details the very considerable amounts of cash paid to Caolan by other figures of the far right including oil lobbyist millionaire Levant and Alex Jones. We are talking tens of thousands plus. You'd have to wonder who in Ireland is receiving funds today /8
A final observation - its our opinion that as elsewhere some of this cash was used by alt-right to buy fake popularity, You can buy followers here and on FB, you can buy likes. This has been well documented for some Irish pages facebook.com/unfollowthelib… /9
This fakery has helped alt-right figures get national media platforms but also helps them radicalise angry but vulnerable young men by telling them hate is secretly popular. They couldn't fake the elections and only got 1-2% despite big spend /10
This twitter thread shows how this seems to be a segment of a very much bigger funding falling out that has lead to them even denouncing key 'mainsteam' recruiters to the hate sphere like Jordan Peterson
This thread looks in more detail about what Milo revelations mean in the context of the far right in Australian & of course New Zealand which recently saw far right mass murder motivated by 'great replacement' conspiracy theory also pushed here in Irl
If you are not familiar with the 'great replacement' conspiracy theory & its use by Irish far right including unchallenged use on Irish mainstream media see our thread
A very useful account of the road to far right radicalisation via Youtube was published in the New York Times recently nytimes.com/interactive/20…
Caleb ( @faradayspeaks ) also did a 38 minute video where he details himself how he was radicalised to the alt-right - the themes are familiar in terms of the discussion above but there is a strong emotional impact from hearing it directly
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