US military training manual describes socialism as ‘terrorist ideology’ – report
A US military training document has described the political philosophy of socialism – a relatively mainstream term in politics around the world – as a “terrorist ideology” akin to neo-Nazism.
The document, which was obtained by The Intercept news website, was used in the US Navy. It was entitled: Introduction to Terrorism/Terrorist Operations, and aimed at some members of the Navy’s internal police, the outlet reported.
On one page of the document, in a section titled Study Questions, the question is asked: “Anarchists, socialists and neo-Nazis represent which terrorist ideological category?”
The news is likely to come as a surprise to some of the increasingly popular mainstream US politicians who identify as democratic socialists, such as former presidential candidate and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders and the star of the Democratic party’s left, New York congresswoman Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez.
Though socialism has long been demonized in the US, especially during the 1930s and the cold war, it has in recent years become more popular especially among young people. One poll last year found that slightly more Democrats viewed socialism favorably than capitalism.