They are "losers" in the sense that democratic representation seems to have abandoned them in favour of salon politics favouring particular elites. Perhaps, like the Michael Douglas character in Falling Down, many of these people feel they did all the right things, but somehow the rules changed. It is better to recognise that these outrageous acts are inspired by alienation and frustration with the political process, but in their wake they bring a risk of increased fascist violence.
One of the features of our culture - from Dr Who to Star Wars - is the portrayal in fiction of technologically advanced societies combining medieval forms of social organisation with a sort of futuristic feudalism. It may be that many Western societies have made that vision reality or, to many, appear to have done so.
Fortunately, these groups are not yet as "professional" as the IRA or Eta, but is that not merely a question of practice?
Peter D Williamson
Baildon, West YorkshireReuse content