updated Sun. July 31, 2022
The Daily Banter
January 23, 2018
This kind of stochastic terrorism is a mainstay of right wing rhetoric and a precursor to the autocratic oppression Trump so clearly desires. Nothing keeps the hands of a dictator clean like having the people silence your political enemies for you. One of my teachers at Columbia was Joseph Brodsky, who's aÃâÃÂ ...
October 31, 2017
Trump's "DO SOMETHING" is also an example of what has been called stochastic terrorism, in which right-wing politicians, their toadies in the media and conservative opinion leaders repeatedly threaten violence against liberals, progressives and Democrats -- and then act shocked when said outcomeÃâÃÂ ...
May 25, 2017
As ThinkProgress has previously reported, Trump's rhetoric fits into a pattern of what researchers refer to as “stochastic terrorism” — using suggestive language rhetoric to inspire radicals to carry out violent acts. In other words, it's possible to spur others to violence without explicitly instructing them to do so.
March 30, 2017
Dictionary.com has added 300 new words and definitions to its vocabulary, including “clicktivism” (“the use of the Internet to organize and promote political or social causes and movements, as through postings on social media, email campaigns, and online petitions”) and “alt-right” (“a political movementÃâÃÂ ...
August 10, 2016
In a piece published in Rolling Stone, law professor David Cohen argues that Trump is engaging in what's known as “stochastic terrorism” — an academic term that refers to the act of using suggestive language to inspire radicals to carry out violent acts. In this scenario, a lone wolf terrorist wouldn't beÃâÃÂ ...
Blue Nation Review
August 10, 2016
What he was doing, as explained by feminist law professor and reproductive rights activist David S. Cohen, was engaging in “stochastic terrorism,” which is “an obscure and non-legal term” meaning to use “language and other forms of communication 'to incite random actors to carry out violent or terroristÃâÃÂ ...
August 10, 2016
Cohen says that this phenomenon is called "stochastic terrorism": using language and other forms of communication to incite random acts of violence that are "statistically predictable but individually unpredictable." It's not a legal term, but it can help us understand just how dangerous Trump's statements areÃâÃÂ ...
August 9, 2016
In other words, what Trump just did is engage in so-called stochastic terrorism. This is an obscure and non-legal term that has been occasionally discussed in the academic world for the past decade and a half, and it applies with precision here. Stochastic terrorism, as described by a blogger whoÃâÃÂ ...
December 1, 2015
Stochastic terrorism is not a fringe concept. It is a terrorist modality that has been described at length by analysts. It produces terrorism patterns that should be known to any member of Congress or any presidential candidate who has ever thought deeply about national or domestic security issues, which oneÃâÃÂ ...