Extremism has grip on globe

July 28, 2011


“Cry ‘Havoc!’ and let slip the dogs of war.” — Julius Caesar, Act 3 Scene 1

The dogs of war are snarling. They strain forward, slavering, growling, pawing the air, eager to get at one another, to rend and tear and wet their lips with blood. As strangers in a dog park would, we try to pull them back, to exert control. But you feel your feet sliding beneath you, feel yourself carried, helpless and unwilling, into this fight they mean to have. It strikes you how poor a leash is reason.

Which brings us to Anders Behring Breivik, who allegedly bombed a government building and shot up a youth camp last week in peaceful, far away Norway. Dozens of people are dead. Breivik is reported to have seen himself as a Christian conservative crusader defending the faith against the evils of multiculturalism. Read: Muslims.

And you wonder: Did this begin on Sept. 11, 2001, when putative Muslims crashed four planes full of innocent people? Did it begin on Nov. 5, 2009, when a putative Muslim shot fellow soldiers at an Army base in Texas? Did it begin when Cain slew Abel?

Does it matter?

The dogs of war are spoiling for this fight. So a putative Christian burns a Quran in Florida while others use arson to stop construction of a mosque in Tennessee. And now, there is this.

Maybe it makes you want to scream the obvious to those who have grown besotted with conflating extremism and Islam: Extremism has no faith. But they probably won’t hear you.

For the dogs are howling for holy war, an apocalyptic clash of culture and faith. Yet as troubling as it is to watch extremists bicker over which religion has the better god, what’s most troubling is not the bickering, but the extremism, which is now ubiquitous.

See it in a global tsunami of intolerance, multiculturalism denounced by the chancellor of Germany herself. Sense it as a great nation lurches toward economic calamity because compromise has become a curse word and ideologues cannot bend. Hear it in the hateful hysteria that now passes for political debate.

It is difficult not to shudder with foreboding, to sense history turning as if on a great hinge, as you wonder without knowing just what it is turning to. This is, perhaps, what Stephen Stills felt 45 years ago when a street fight between cops and kids set him to pondering where all of this — the ’60s — was leading to. You probably know the first line of the very famous song he wrote: “There’s something happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.”

But there is more in that song that seems oddly apropos to this moment:

“There’s battle lines being drawn. Nobody’s right if everybody’s wrong.”

And ... “Paranoia strikes deep. Into your life it will creep. It starts when you’re always afraid.”

All of it framed by a guitar slowly chiming two notes like yellow caution lights on a rain-slicked road. The songwriter felt a dread he could not name yet could not ignore. One feels fresh echo of that dread in an era where a man commits mass slaughter in defense of faith and the surprising thing is how unsurprised you are, because extremism is now the norm.

Jaws open and eyes livid, the dogs of war leap. And what can you do, except strain to hold them back? Reason is a flimsy leash, but it is the only leash we’ve got.

Leonard Pitts Jr., winner of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, is a columnist for the Miami Herald. He chats with readers from noon to 1 p.m. CDT each Wednesday on www.MiamiHerald.com.


ObamaCairWaiver 6 years, 9 months ago

50% of US citizens are paying for 70% Obama's and NATO's war in Lybia. Now Obama is asking Russia to broker peace with Gaddfi to stay in Lybia. Why not. Russia is charging the US for rides into space. They might as well take charge of Obama's foreign policy. Hope and Change for transformation.

SilverShadow 6 years, 8 months ago

See you bought into the GOP/Taliban/Teabagger lie on taxes. Everyone pays taxes one way or another. The only way you don't is if you live in the woods and grow your own food and make your own clothes and never have a paying job or purchase anything.Then you won't be paying taxes.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

This post pre-removed for using a vulgar sexual term to describe a disappointed progressive.

tomatogrower 6 years, 8 months ago

Get over yourself. Gay used to mean happy at one time, not someone who was homosexual. And quite frankly, until this uproar about the term teabagger, I didn't have a clue what else it referred to. It's funny that a lot of so called "christian" conservatives knew what it meant more than the rest of us.

Pete Kennamore 6 years, 8 months ago

You are corrrect. You have no interest in truth at all.

Abdu Omar 6 years, 8 months ago

What a great article, Mr. Pitts. I agree with you wholeheartedly.

The whole world is afraid of Islam because they are ignorant about it! Even though there have been those who claim that Muslims are set on killing all non-Muslims, this is simply and emphatically UNTRUE! There is no mandate to kill anyone. Muslims like all other people are urged to defend themselves against aggression and oppression. It states clearly in the Quran to kill the oppressors where ever you find them, but if they stop, you must stop.

Oppressors are those who kill you for your land, for a political gain, or to take away your rights.This is why we have the Arab Spring. Arabs are tired of being oppressed by dictators and so-called kings who rule their land without giving them a voice or a chance to determine who their leaders should be.

cato_the_elder 6 years, 8 months ago

"There is no mandate to kill anyone."

Perhaps you might want to read the Koran yourself instead of simply parroting what someone else has told you about it.

Bill Maher, a darling of the left, has called the Koran a "hate-filled book" with its mandate to kill non-believers. It differs strikingly from the New Testament in that regard.

notaubermime 6 years, 8 months ago

It does not differ strikingly from the Old Testament, though. Are you going to pick and choose which of those two books you are going to claim represents Christianity now?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

I think that what usually represents any religion is not the texts, but the interpretation of them that is presented to vulnerable minds.

Maddy Griffin 6 years, 8 months ago

And Bill Maher, as much as I love him, is still just an entertainer. Perhaps you might want to read your Bible again.There are many mandates in there too.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

Another name-calling eye-roller from BAA.

gudpoynt 6 years, 8 months ago

BAA, every time you make an inane post such as "The Party of Atheists continue to blah blah blah...", you further solidify yourself in the minds of rational people as a complete idiot.

Let me repeat that. To rational people, you come across as an idiot. The only others who show you even a sliver of respect on this site, well guess what, they also come across as idiots to rational people.

However, despite that you and a handful of other virtual anonymities comes across as complete idiots on this site, I'm sure that you, the tangible human, are not a complete idiot.

For instance, despite the fact that you continue to refer to democrats as "The Party of Atheists", I'm sure that the rational, tangible human part of you knows perfectly well that an overwhelming majority of Democrats who hold office, not to mention on overwhelming majority of Democratic voters, are not Atheists at all, but rather identify with some religion or other, and it's mostly Christianity.

And despite your continued claims that members of the Democratic party, and those who support them, are defending Islamic terrorists, while trying to undermine the Christian faith through systematic attacks and political persecution, I'm sure that the rational, tangible human within you is capable of looking out at the world around you and seeing that Christians are, by orders of magnitude, the least discriminated against, the least persecuted, and the least disenfranchised religious group in the US. And that while many Democrats, Christians or otherwise, are willing to stand up for the rights of Muslims and people of other faiths, by no means do they condone the acts of terrorists, Islamic or otherwise.

So, in an effort to let that non-idiotic person shine through, might I suggest you stop coming across as a complete idiot by ceasing to make completely idiotic posts? Just a thought.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

That good luck was in response to gudpoynt's post. BAA is incapable of making his points without name-calling. It is what he does.

Linda Endicott 6 years, 8 months ago

You're wasting your time...BAA is never going to listen...

Abdu Omar 6 years, 8 months ago

I know the Quran by heart, Cato. You are the one who should read it. There is only one passage that talks about killing others and clearly that verse is about restraint.

Corey Williams 6 years, 8 months ago

If your own full brother, or your son or daughter, or your beloved wife, or you intimate friend, entices you secretly to serve other gods, whom you and your fathers have not known, gods of any other nations, near at hand or far away, from one end of the earth to the other: do not yield to him or listen to him, nor look with pity upon him, to spare or shield him, but kill him. Your hand shall be the first raised to slay him; the rest of the people shall join in with you. You shall stone him to death, because he sought to lead you astray from the Lord, your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. And all Israel, hearing of this, shall fear and never do such evil as this in your midst. (Deuteronomy 13:7-12 NAB)

cato_the_elder 6 years, 8 months ago

I only referred to the New Testament, which seems to have gone over the heads of most of you.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

"There is no mandate to kill anyone."

Really? From the Koran:

The Cow [2.54] And when Musa said to his people: O my people! you have surely been unjust to yourselves by taking the calf (for a god), therefore turn to your Creator (penitently), so ->kill your people<-, that is best for you with your Creator: so He turned to you (mercifully), for surely He is the Oft-returning (to mercy), the Merciful.

[2.191] And ->kill them<- wherever you find them, and drive them out from whence they drove you out, and persecution is severer than slaughter, and do not fight with them at the Sacred Mosque until they fight with you in it, but if they do fight you, then ->slay them<-; such is the recompense of the unbelievers.

The Women [4.89] They desire that you should disbelieve as they have disbelieved, so that you might be (all) alike; therefore take not from among them friends until they fly (their homes) in Allah's way; but if they turn back, then seize them and ->kill them<- wherever you find them, and take not from among them a friend or a helper.

[4.91] You will find others who desire that they should be safe from you and secure from their own people; as often as they are sent back to the mischief they get thrown into it headlong; therefore if they do not withdraw from you, and (do not) offer you peace and restrain their hands, then seize them and ->kill them<- wherever you find them; and against these We have given.you a clear authority.

The Immunity [9.5] So when the sacred months have passed away, then ->slay the idolators<- wherever you find them, and take them captives and besiege them and lie in wait for them in every ambush, then if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, leave their way free to them; surely Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Wow, that did not come out anything like it looked in the preview box.

But, you can take about anything from any text out of context and make it sound like anything you want!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Oh, I think I understand my problem. -> and <- are recognized as HTML text instructions by the system!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

That reminds me of something.

Quite a while back, a couple friends of mine had an interesting idea. They claimed that they could easily start a new religion based upon 'Gone With The Wind', by Margaret Mitchell.

The basic idea was to first off, make the claim that 'Gone With The Wind' was inspired by a Higher Being and get some people to believe that. And then, to those people at least, it would be obvious that that every single word in the book was the literal truth.

And then, they could find all sorts of meanings in it!

notaubermime 6 years, 8 months ago

Well done! I had to look that one up before I got what you were doing...

Abdu Omar 6 years, 8 months ago

2.54] "And when Moses said to his people (the Children of Israel): O my people! you have surely been unjust to yourselves by taking the calf (for a god), therefore turn to your Creator (penitently), so kill your people, that is best for you with your Creator: so He turned to you (mercifully), for surely He is the Oft-returning (to mercy), the Merciful"

So in the Quran, Moses wants his people to kill those who made the golden calf, but God turned to them and forgave them this sin. I am sure this means that if the idolitors turned away from worshiping the golden calf, God in His infinite wisdom and mercy would have forgiven them.

This certainly is not a commandment for Muslims to kill. This is a poor attempt to misinterpret this great book. Shame on you Ron!!!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Did you see my comment above that read:

"But, you can take about anything from any text out of context and make it sound like anything you want!"?

Abdu Omar 6 years, 8 months ago

I get it, sorry. So many people take one word or phrase and turn it into something else. I am constantly correcting people on the reading of Islamic texts. It seems that they are afraid that the Quran may be right in something.

Paul R Getto 6 years, 8 months ago

"Jaws open and eyes livid, the dogs of war leap. And what can you do, except strain to hold them back? Reason is a flimsy leash, but it is the only leash we’ve got." === Sorry, Mr. Pitts, but the third chimp loves war. It is often motivated by magical thinking (AKA religion) and, the most compelling reason we love it, it's good for 'biddness.' It is no accident that at least part of a weapon of war is made in nearly all the congressional districts across the country.

whats_going_on 6 years, 8 months ago

While I agree with you...if we just let everyone be stupid, the rest of us are going to pay for it, dearly. We already do, just imagine it a million times worse. By just letting people be dirt poor without assistance, the income gap will reach ridiculous amounts, which will create more healthcare problems (affecting EVERYONE), more crime (affecting EVERYONE), more drugs (which creates more healthcare issues and more crime), and more social issues (affecting EVERYONE). The ideal of educating and helping people to the point where they feel strong enough to take control of their lives is probably just a dream.

Unfortunately, by "education" we have junk "news" channels which do everything but allow people to be free thinking and make decisions on their own, and just succeed in angering people who don't actually have a clue why they are upset. If we actually had education (NOT entertainment), perhaps some of the problems could naturally be turned around. If we actually had reachable goals for those in need, didn't just tell them to "get off the d*mn couch and HELPED them work, perhaps it could be turned around, not just enabled.

Now I'm rambling, hope you all get what I'm trying to say :-)

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

notleft_notright , you were in error when you stated: "the USA has been at war for decades."

If you would replace "decades" with "centuries" you would be correct.

jafs 6 years, 8 months ago

That's what Pitts said - he reported it accurately.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

Looks like another would-be terrorist was nabbed in Killeen, TX yesterday.

Getaroom 6 years, 8 months ago

Daffy: you have no idea what you are talking about - that much is clear in terms of what you are calling "Obamacare". Just admit you do not like the black man in office and be done with it and don't try to cover up your disdain for our sitting president by using magical numbers. The truth is healthcare reform has barely begun no matter what you are choosing to call it. Healthcare needs to change but I am sure those changes haven't anything to do what is in your head. You look it up and let all of us know exactly from where you get your numbers and who put those numbers out. Brownbackward? Michelle Bachmann? Rupert Murdock's lie machine?

Stop pre-blaming "Obamacare" for things that have yet to happen and which have yet to even begin. But babble on if you must - Daffy as it may be. Until the corporations take absolute control of everything you can say what you like. Keep bagging your own tea.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

How exactly has the Affordable Care Act destroyed the economy? Please be specific.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

RC77, since you obviously can't support your claim about the Affordable Health Care Act destroying the economy with any actual facts, certainly you have at least one honest statement that supports your claim that Obama wants "everyone's life equal." That isn't just helping even the playing field a little, that is "everyone's life equal." Please do show us one example to support this.

Obama also isn't punishing the wealthy by pushing to have taxes at a rate that is far lower than it was under Reagan. Instead, it is recognizing that our current system is out of whack and we have runaway debt. This was the truth before Obama took office, and slashing government jobs would have been a horrible idea in this economy. Further, while the poor and middle class are asked to support wars by sending their young into battle, the wealthy were given tax cuts. Tax cuts during times of war!

Keep this in mind, taxes are based on "income." The wealthy have ways of diverting their wealth so it appears as investments and non-taxable portfolios. The middle class are the ones who report their incomes. That means you and me.

Before saying our taxes are going to "worthless slugs," you should recognize that much of our taxes go to pay our bloated military budget. The budget is extreme, higher than the next 19 countries combined, but the people in the military who benefit from our taxes and the taxes of the wealthy are anything but "worthless slugs."

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Here's an Islamic story, and it's true:

I have a very vivid memory of one Muslim man named Kalid. He was from Iran.

He was a classmate at KU, and we were talking on the sidewalk. When we had finished our conversation, I turned away and stepped onto the street.

Suddenly, Kalid grabbed the collar of my coat and jerked me towards himself!

In a flash, a bus whizzed by behind my back and missed me by only a few inches.

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

Kalid was obviously trying to recruit you. It is a well-known trap in which you are set up to believe you were acting of your own accord when in fact it is a well timed trick. A jihadist was driving the bus, and now you are indebted to Kalid and his obviously evil, evil ways. If you haven't yet joined their ranks by now and are already considering the names of your 72 virgins, then you probably aren't safe.

Linda Endicott 6 years, 8 months ago

You probably ought to make it more obvious when you use sarcasm, Bea...a lot of people will jump on this last post of yours, too...

Because of course they always want to take everything literally...

beatrice 6 years, 8 months ago

If sarcasm needs to be more obvious than my post, then it is no longer sarcasm. Instead, it is just heavy-handed humor and too obvious to even remotely have a chance at eliciting a grin. Sarcasm at its best puts a reader in the uncomfortable position of wondering if the writer was serious or not. My comment wasn't really close.

Speaking of sarcasm, I saw Sarah Silverman's movie, Jesus is Magic, recently. Now that is one twisted sister (in a really good way).

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

I had many Muslim classmates when I was a student at KU and most, if not all, of them were from the Middle East. They were all very friendly, and did their best to get to know you and get you to come visit them sometime, anytime.

They never mentioned religion at all.

The only thing that seemed to bother them, and they were quite unhappy about this, was exactly where the borders of Israel were. They all seemed to believe that if that issue was settled, there would be no more problems.

George Lippencott 6 years, 8 months ago

Mr. Pitts laments our inability to get along yet he lambasted FOX in his column of the 24th. Getting along means accepting that others may not see the world the way you do. The notion of a world of reason seems to have devolved into a world of reason as I reason – if you do not reason as I do – well you are unreasonable and not worthy of participation in public discourse. Really frightening!!

gudpoynt 6 years, 8 months ago

There are some ground rules to reason George.

Fox "News" breaks many of them. They deserve to get lambasted as long as they continue their dubious practices and still call themselves a "News" source.

They purposefully intend to inflame. The purposefully intend to slant. And they purposefully intend to present themselves to their audience as a "fair and balanced news source".

They deserve to get lambasted not because of the opinions of their commentators, but because of their dereliction of duty to the American public as a supposed educative source of information.

No individual journalist or media outlet can completely escape bias. But Fox news has not only fallen victim to clear bias, they have embraced it, reveled in it, and most importantly, profited handsomely from it. As long as they continue to rake in dollars, there will likely be no change in their practice.

So, the only recourse that sane people have, is to ensure that their fellow citizens are not taking the the word of Fox "News" as legitimate when forming their opinions to which our influential politicians attempt to pander. The goal is not for my ideology to defeat the another. The goal is to support the sources that help inform the public in the most honest way possible, and to denounce those that seek to manipulate the public to earn profits.

notaubermime 6 years, 8 months ago

There are people who do not see the world as you do, then there are people who systematically make erroneous statements. FoxNews falls in the latter. In addition, anyone who is truly interested in "getting along means accepting that others may not see the world the way you do" should be extremely critical of Fox. The number of derogatory and insulting statements that the people on that station make towards atheists is mind-boggling. They have the right to make any statements they wish, but decent people also have the right to lambast them for their bigotry.

yourworstnightmare 6 years, 8 months ago

Extremism certainly has a grip on the US House of Representatives.

Tea, anyone?

George Lippencott 6 years, 8 months ago

Extremism seems to be limited to the right. As I wrote, you are reasonable only if you agree with me - if not you are not. Exacting standard whether applied to Fox or to me.

Is there no other "news" entity that violates your ground rules? By the by, would I likely agree with your ground rules or are they partisan in them selves?

Jimo 6 years, 8 months ago

As I learned watching one Mad Tea Hatter on Fox yesterday, the right is compromising: they could demand even more extreme positions but (for now) exercise forbearance as a "compromise"! (If only Obama could have learned to play politics himself by "Chicago rules" -- his compromise should be that the Tea Party members don't get their own suites at Guantanamo along with the other terrorists!)

Extremism is having a two-year majority of 24 seats in the House of Representatives and thinking that entitles you (a) to dictate terms to the rest of the government elected to office by the people, (b) ignore the priorities of real Americans, and (c) to dismantle institutions established and operating for generations -- all in a hurry, without any plan, before the voters can kick your ass out of office for good.

Extremism is getting elected to office with a core consistency of the elderly voting for you in record numbers ... and then voting to dismember Medicare, and being none too quiet about your hopes and dreams for a Social Security free future coming soon.

Extremism is doubling military spending (excluding!! the cost of funding multiple wars) in a short decade, running a budget deficit of over a trillion dollars, being determined to default on your debts, yet not touching the hair on a billionaire defense contractor's head.

Extremism is ratcheting down taxation to the lowest level in memory and then demanding more cuts to taxes! Its about taking the federal tax take from corporate taxes from 50% to 25% to the present 9.8% -- and then demanding "reform" of corporate taxes designed to collect even fewer dollars. Or decrying the tax "increases" of the President who has cut taxes for every wage-earning American. And, all while deifying a deceased President who raised taxes virtually every year he was in office - in one year, the largest tax increase in American history (to that point).

Extremism is about demanding a smaller reduction in the budget deficit if it results from one-sided Attila the Hun conquest than a larger reduction achieved via negotiated and consensus. And all the while ignoring that real Americans are far more worried about the government getting the millions of unemployed working, not pushing new creative catfood recipes for Grandma.

Extremism isn't limited to the right - the left just barely exists in contemporary American politics. The typical Rush listener hasn't met an honest to God leftist (or probably a Muslim either) in their entire lives. Good Lord, the Kentucky (taxpayer subsidized) Noah's Ark themepark should open a special "Leftist" wing where a real family of unrepentant Leninists could live (a la, 'Big Brother').

Instead, we're stuck mediating between a House of Representatives controlled by the Norwegian Tea Party and a Senate and White House controlled by Reagan Democrats ... with the left nowhere to be seen (outside of the likes of Bernie Sanders).

Jimo 6 years, 8 months ago


Do you not?

Talk about living in a bubble!

George Lippencott 6 years, 8 months ago

Probably just more experience. But than I like bubbles!

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Paying through the Taxman

The U.S. health insurance system is typically characterized as a largely private-sector system, so it may come as a surprise that more than 60% of the $2 trillion annual U.S. health care bill is paid through taxes, according to a 2002 analysis published in Health Affairs by Harvard Medical School associate professors Steffie Woolhandler and David Himmelstein.

Tax dollars pay for Medicare and Medicaid, for the Veterans Administration and the Indian Health Service. Tax dollars pay for health coverage for federal, state, and municipal government employees and their families, as well as for many employees of private companies working on government contracts.

Less visible but no less important, the tax deduction for employer-paid health insurance, along with other health care-related tax deductions, also represents a form of government spending on health care.

It makes little difference whether the government gives taxpayers (or their employers) a deduction for their health care spending, on the one hand, or collects their taxes then pays for their health care, either directly or via a voucher, on the other.

Moreover, tax dollars also pay for critical elements of the health care system apart from direct care—Medicare funds much of the expensive equipment hospitals use, for instance, along with all medical residencies.

All told, then, tax dollars already pay for at least $1.2 trillion in annual U.S. health care expenses. Since federal, state, and local governments collected approximately $3.5 trillion in taxes of all kinds—income, sales, property, corporate—in 2006, that means that more than one third of the aggregate tax revenues collected in the United States that year went to pay for health care.

Recognizing these hidden costs that U.S. households pay for health care today makes it far easier to see how a universal single-payer system—with all of its obvious advantages—can cost most Americans less than the one we have today.

Medicare must exist in the fragmented world that is American health care—but no matter how creative the opponents of single-payer get, there is no way they can show convincingly how the administrative costs of a single-payer system could come close to the current level.

More on this matter: http://www.dollarsandsense.org/archives/2008/0508harrison.html

Richard Heckler 6 years, 8 months ago

Extreme Repubs don't know how ease the nations debt crisis. They are 81% of the debt and they are the most extreme reckless managers of money in the history of america.

After 31 years they still have not figured out that extreme massive tax breaks for the wealthy adds billions upon billions upon billions to the debt. How can any party be this seriously dumb?

It's simple. Remove all the Bush tax breaks and kill the massive subsidies going to wealthy corporations.

Extreme Sam Brownback was there to contribute his vote to the 81% of the debt. He has brought extreme corruption and reckless management back to Kansas. Grab your wallets. The man is vindictive to the extreme.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 8 months ago

merill's head is going to be very hot if he doesn't remove the tin foil beanie soon.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

That is so true. There are 887 words in the English language that end in "ism". This is a partial list:

abolitionism, absurdism, activism, ageism, altruismanti, colonialismanti, commercialism, anticommunisim, mantifascisism, anittiliberalism, antimaterialism, antiracism, antiradicalism, antirationalism, environmentalism, colonialism, commercialism, communism, conservatism, constitutionalism, constructivism, consumerism, cosmopolitanism, emotionalism, ethnocentrism, exclusivism, expansionism, factionalism, feminism, feudalism, fundamentalism, gnosticism, globalism, humanism, humanitarianism, idealism, imperialism, intellectualism, irrationalism, monotheism, moralism, multiculturalism, pessimism, progressivism.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Well, it looks like I left out the final sm on a couple of them.

notaubermime 6 years, 8 months ago


Is that where a country is ruled by a praying mantis with a Hitler-stache?

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

I looked it up. It appears to be a misspelling of Anti-fascism. I just clipped it, so I claim innocence!

Anti-fascism is the opposition to fascist ideologies, groups and individuals, such as that of the resistance movements during World War II. The related term antifa derives from Antifaschismus, which is German for anti-fascism; it refers to individuals and groups on the left of the political spectrum, that are dedicated to fighting fascism.

notaubermime 6 years, 8 months ago

I realized that it was just a misspelling. It was a lot more fun to imagine fascist praying mantids.

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