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or, in short...
Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice" Barry Goldwater famously said. Sam Harris thinks that gun control advocates are "radicals."
Are they just people out of sync with the mob? OUR mob in particular. Or are they really just people who have had different life experiences?
To be in the 1 % who are actually right, does that make you a radical or extremist?
Quakers and 19th Century Republicans opposed slavery. They are called "radicals," even today. Does that mean that we are ok with slavery today?
Galileo was a extremist, he thought the earth spun around the sun. A "moderate view" would have been to agree with the Pope, (The joke would have been on you, the Pope agreed with Galileo. He just had another agenda.)
Likewise if you were against the Vietnam War, you would have been with Robert McNamara. He just didn't mention that it should not have been fought and could not have been won. He didn't want to upset LBJ.
Were Pasteur and Darwin and Einstein radicals? (When Einstein submitted his relativity paper for publication, it was rejected as being too radical.)
Could those terms just be about WHO IS SUFFERING?
If I suffer and try to do something about it, I am a "freedom fighter", like George Washington.
If you suffer and try to do something about it, you are a "radical" like...Geronimo, Martin Luther King, Jr, Hugo Chavez, Yasser Arafat, etc.
It can't possible be about actual violence, none of them could possibly have dropped as many bombs and killed as many people as the United States Government.
Is it about advocating violence? Today the NRA and several sitting Republican Senators advocate the overthrow of the Federal Government by force of arms. They call it the “second amendment solution.” They suggest that the citizens buy and use munitions to resist “tyranny” by the Obama Administration. No one calls them extremists. Ron Paul wants no government at all. Let’s go back to 1066!
Soooo.....IS THAT REALLY WHAT THAT WORD MEANS?
Maybe where you sit in the mob is the wrong question. The right question is
Are You Right?
What do YOU think?