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Radicalism is the breeding ground for radicalism

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Submitted by Vere (United States), Oct 9, 2014 at 13:17

Many leftists - in the communist tradition of the 'Marxist critique' - love to falsely opine how 'poverty' causes radicalism. Leftists do this to promote socialist distribution of wealth by means of the implied threat of violence if radicals fail to receive wealth. Leftists also do this to prevent radicals for being accountable when radicals commit crimes against humanity.

The truth is, radicalism has little to do with poverty. Ethical values of ideologies have little to do with economic success. In fact, rich individuals can hate human life. Poor individuals can cherish human life.

There are many places in the world that are extremely poor but have strong life-affirming values, such as some rural regions in India. Oppositely, there are many places in the world that are relatively wealthy but have antihuman violent values, such as some cities in Saudi Arabia.

Islamism causes Islamism. When Islamists are allowed to preach antihuman values against Non-Islamists, then Islamism spreads.

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