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All you need is hate: the dangerous pleasures of extremism

Whether you’re a jihadi or a heavy metal fan, a fringe subculture offers dark temptations

Are you missing out? Fans in the moshpit at a Trivium gig in Finland. Photo: AIJA LEHTONEN/REX SHUTTERSTOCK

For some time, I’ve been dogged by a worrying suspicion: what if the bad guys are having a better time than I am? The world seems to be favouring those who embrace the worst human instincts—racism, sexism, venality, lying and hatred. And for all the resentments that lie behind this kind of politics, there’s also a gleeful joyousness in its expression. The party atmosphere at Donald Trump’s rallies (now on hiatus)…

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