The Assault on the U.S. Capitol and the Problem of Right-Wing Radicalization

The U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. was invaded on January 6th by right-wing protestors bent on disrupting the joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s and Kamala Harris’s election as U.S. president and vice-president. The house in which I am writing this editorial is two blocks from the Capitol, and from my study I could hear the crowd, sirens, helicopter noises, and explosive “bangs” of flash grenades detonating.