Stochastic terrorism is a term coined by academics to describe the public demonization of a person or group that results in the incitement of a violent act that is statistically probable but whose specifics cannot be predicted.
Some months ago, many people on America’s political left demonized the Supreme Court following revelations that it was poised to overturn Roe v Wade. Shortly thereafter an armed individual with apparently hostile intentions was arrested at the residence of Justice Cavanaugh. That would appear to be a true example of stochastic terrorism.
A recent incident caused some media pundits to adopt this term in their reporting, and they used it to pummel Republicans. The incident was the brutal attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of the Speaker of the House.
It was an inexcusable assault, condemned by Democrats and Republicans alike. The perpetrator was a homeless man, mentally unstable. There is no evidence that he had a political agenda. Of course, left-wing journalists rushed to claim that the assault was triggered by Republican verbal attacks against Nancy Pelosi. Rob Reiner, Hollywood producer and rabid radical, even went so far as to say that Donald Trump was personally responsible for the assault and should be imprisoned
To Reiner I say, “Hogwash!”
Instead of attributing this attack to stochastic terrorism incited by Republican leaders, we should blame it on the foolish left-wing politicians who allow the homeless, often drug-ridden and criminally insane, to occupy our streets and parks, destroy our cities, and terrorize our citizens.