The massacre of Muslims in New Zealand was a horrific crime against humanity particularly given that, in addition to murdering innocent men, women, and children, Tarrant took pleasure in torturing people before killing them.
On seeing a screenshot of the cover of manifesto, I was struck by the following principles he identifies: Workers Rights, Anti-Imperialism, and Environmentalism.
The opening of his manifesto goes on to say:
“It’s the birthrates.
It’s the birthrates.
It’s the birthrates.”
Clearly, Tarrant has dehumanized Muslims to such an extent that he has no problem brutally torturing and murdering masses of Muslim men, women, and children. Disturbingly, I have seen increasingly militant and dehumanizing rhetoric among some who advocate for workers rights, among some who promote measures to prevent overpopulation, among some who advocate for environmentalism, and among some who promote radical atheism. That is not to say that these folk will degenerate into sociopaths like Tarrant. Those of us committed to progressive social change should also insisting on humanization of all people, even those with whom we disagree. Progressives can contribute to a more healthy social environment by focusing on the problems with social structures rather than the problems with individuals whose behavior is shaped by those social structures.