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The essence of conflict

Reader comment on item: Reflections on the Revolution in France*

Submitted by Darwin Barrett (United States), Nov 14, 2005 at 13:24

Humans have two basic needs that conflict. The need for a separate identity, and the need to be a part of the whole. Allegorically, if you put on your "Ford" hat (Expressing your individualism) and Go to a "Chevy" convention (a place where the culture is "Chevy") You will be a "Misfit". If you go to a country that is French, and want to maintain the culture of your heritage you will be a misfit.

The communists taught us that the power to change the culture comes through violence, and is particularly effective when the entrenched social order is apathetic. The end result of the French riots will be concessions by the French establishment which will empower the rioters. Jihad comes in many forms.

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