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Have extremist views been resonating with more and more Americans? For six years, James Hawdon has been director of the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention; since 2013, he and his team have been particularly interested in how extremist views have spread online, and who’s reading them. Given that the radicalization process often begins with exposure, Hawdon writes that the center’s findings are a cause for concern.

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A man sporting a Nazi tattoo leaves Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia on Aug. 12, 2017. Steve Helber/AP Photo

Over the years, Americans have become increasingly exposed to extremism

James E. Hawdon, Virginia Tech

Given recent events, you might have had an inkling that extremist views have been resonating. Researchers from the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention have the hard data to back it up.

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