It's not just low risk, it's zero risk. There is literally not one single downside for a provocateur. The worst case scenario for them is that they fail.
That being said, this was not a case of a provocateur. The author went on a murder spree.
Thank you. I appreciate the acknowledgement.
> That being said, this was not a case of a provocateur. The author went on a murder spree.
People don't just randomly go on murder sprees. I mentioned "cultivate" as somebody can be groomed or espouse a certain form of ethics & ideology that creates this behavior. This can be done with psychological manipulation, propaganda, etc. These manipulated (e.g. "brain-washed") individuals are far more effective at creating panic & division than recruited agent provocateurs, as it apparently places the blame at whatever group of people hold any philosophical position (reasonable or unreasonable) similar to the murderer.
While the manifesto mentioned politics, there have been people from different political persuasions that have committed acts of carnage including Dayton, OH or knife/truck attacks in the UK.
There's something(s) underlying this & it's more complicated, profound, philosophical, psychological, & (dare I say) spiritual than being "far-right" or "far-left" or "jihadist" or any hasty label that oversimplifies what is occurring.