Where do people develop extremist views?

You know what I'm talking about. The white supremacists, Social Justice Warriors, leftists, open border activists, etc. Where exactly do people develop extremist views? Is it possible for them to realize their views are nonsense? Should something be done to stop them from developing these views or just let it go? Let me know what you think.

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  • Freedom of speech is not protected by standing up for the right to express views approved by the majority. Those views are ALWAYS welcomed and encouraged. But freedom to express opinions should never depend upon approval by the majority or a government censorship board. It is only by protecting the right to express unpopular opinions that our right to free speech is preserved.

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  • Your view that any view which is "extreme" must therefore be wrong simply because it is extreme and for no other reason. . .

    Is an extreme view, and predicated upon a clear logical fallacy.

    "Extreme" is not another word for incorrect and "moderate" is not another word for correct.

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  • I know exactly why but it's too long to explain. I'd be taking days lol. I recommend reading more about sociology. It is sadly more than just a thought like many people mention on here.

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    • Sociology? Where extremist views are born? What?

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    • Does taking like 6-7 sociology classes in college count because I thought I wanted to major in it? Sociology is a bunch of BS unfortunately. Glad I learned sooner than later tbh.

    • It depends on what exactly you study. I had a whole semester in university about radicalization and it blew my mind. It really opened my eyes and I understood everything so much better. It's more than what we see. I have sociology as a small course.

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  • I was wondering the same thing. Maybe it's just people who are uneducated or refuse to listen to facts. Maybe they just want attention.

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  • I don't normally consider folks who engage in a debate of ideas, "extremists".

    Extremists usually develop in echo chambers. They do not like hearing idea that are in conflict with their own. Extremists don't evolve. . . they devolve. And the one thing they have in common is, a lack of diversity.

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    • @RolandCuthbert When you say lack of diversity I beleive you mean diversity of thought? If that is the case I totally agree with you. In order to prevent what I beleive to be extremist ideas we do indeed need a range of thought. Not coming from just one direction but multiple. It's best to do this in early ages because I think once you beleive in a certain idea for a certain amount of time I think it becomes harder to undo the thought. You understand what I'm saying?

    • Diversity of thought/experience is the only kind of diversity that counts. Every other type is just superficial.

      And I am not certain, we really agree. I think extremists develop in voids. If a guy is sitting at home in his basement simply going from one extremist site to another looking for reinforcement of his insanity, then he will find exactly what he seeks.

      But if he could just get out of the house and meet people from different backgrounds and experiences, he will get challenged. And he will see just how well his ideals stand up to scrutiny from different perspectives. Extremists do not like to do that. They don't like being put into uncomfortable situations.

    • @RolandCuthbert no I agree with you 100%. I feel like extremist views develop simply because of the lack of diversity of thought. If a Republican grew up around people who say no to other races, no to abortion, etc he's going to have those views. Same way with a Democrat who grows up around people questioning the legitimacy of 2 genders, no borders/only love bs etc. I feel like your environment, way of life, and personal experiences shape your political values. Some people's environment and life experiences obviously shaped them into becoming illogical fools but I don't think it's always a lost cause...

  • I think once you decide someone else is an “other” and a threat it’s easy to demonize and dehumanize them. We see it a lot now with the pro war propaganda on the major news networks. Where middle easterners in general are usually depicted as hajis rather than showing say a story about their universities or otherwise positive stories.

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  • One could argue all non extemists have poor thought processes. To be an extremist just means you have principled behaviors that align with achieving an objective. Its the determination of an objective which can be a problem. Americans objective used to be the American dream, now its not and so americans are working against each other instead of with each other.

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  • I think that people have to start from a place of feeling helpless about a situation, then they need to be told time and time again that a certain group of people is their enemy, or conversely, that everyone is the enemy except their little specific group. Those people surround themselves with other people like them, and then their ideas become more radical with time.

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  • They just sit at home and think of ideas they think are good, write a book about it, give conferences and speeches, spread their ideas. People buy these books attend these conferences and adopt these views. For example people still read Mein Kampf thats how it spreads I think.

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  • It starts with them. A random thought. They then find people like them who agree. That emboldens them to more radical views and it snowballs until they are isolated and extreme.

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  • Well I don't really know how but when you live in a country that doesn't have a secret police force just to make sure you think the "right" way people will develop ideas and when those ideas become backed up by something such as emotions, an obscure fact, or even believable bullshit they will start believing that idea is factual and eventually it could become a part of who that person is an making them think they can be open about it thus making that person a "extremist"

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  • Biased think-tanks and echo chambers, usually. Get enough like minded people together in one place with no dissenters and presto, instant cult mentality.

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  • Usually It's a result of only hearing one side of something. I used to be a far left boderline socialist. It was only after seeing the flawed and idealistic thinking of myself and others that I become a moderate.

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  • Echo chambers.

    Adopt one view, talk with more people from that group, then you tend to get just one perspective on issues and can become more passionate about it and adopt even more of those views. In turn, it could become extremist

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  • "Should something be done to stop them from developing these views"

    What exactly would you propose in that regard?

    It's commonplace today for people to develop obsessive behavior toward one or a few things, often of no consequence (like always parking in the same spot), but other times it can lead to criminal action (like shooting up a church or school). And it's basically psychological derangement. Of course, this is the elephant in the room that nobody wants to deal with, because acknowledging it makes you a target, and there aren't any plausible solutions that don't end with mass incarcerations or purging based on the concept of what's basically people being irrationally stubborn, and even if that weren't the case, it's leaving foxes to guard the hen houses.

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    • My questions always have people decide things for themselves. I don't like to put my input on my questions too much because people will automatically assume you're biased. I completely agree with you though. You either have free speech or you don't. I think every opinion should be accepted. Even if it is rather a silly one.

  • when we come to the conclusion that cetrist politics dont work we scatter in all directions... been repeating itself since the very beginnings of capitalism and probably before that too

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  • It's usually due to a lack of intelligence and being gullible. It's not just the extreme left, but the right, too. We can't have open borders, but closing them completely isn't the solution.

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    • Couldn't agree more

    • Why wouldn’t we close them? Lol honestly why are we letting people coming into the country illegally? All we’re asking is that they come into our country legally and go through the process. I don’t think that have this view makes me radical.

  • What exactly defines a view or perspective as radical?

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  • Echo chambers. Places where only one opinion is accepted. Where people appeal to emotions to brain wash others.

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  • For everyone with a point of view that differs a lot with the mainstream opinion, they are called extremists by another ones. They dont see themselves as ones, they dont see anything wrong with the opinion they have and thats exactly why they have it.
    Also lots of the people and views that had been discriminated and putted down by the majority, had been developed into new things in the world, i mean with original deep developed complex thoughts, and not the first bullshit they hear from anywhere

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  • the internet. they spend all day on sites that agree with them and ignore anything even remotely contradictory

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  • When people make it seem like no middle ground could be established.

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  • College indoctrination

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  • Mostly from Marxism, I'd say.

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  • Fox News and church/mosque.

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  • From their friends that brain wash them

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  • I opened my eyes.

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  • In their communities, "echo chambers".

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    • If its an echo chamber, how do people get these views then?

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    • Maybe, it can also be in the fringes of society. I dont know much about the sociology of the fringes of society, its kind of unexplored territory. I knew some guy who I heard was in a neo-nazi cult in Norway ten years ago. Its always rumors, but never evidence.

    • Someone somewhere can always come up with extremist views.

  • Saying being a leftist makes you an extremist is a pretty extremistic view.

    I suppose it's black/white thinking. One side is good therefor the other must be bad, it happens if people aren't very intelligent or just don't care about the topic so they just think about the easiest solution possible that sounds somewhat logical. They don't know the facts or only very few and once they have developed their opinion they disregard new facts because they view disagreement with their opinion as a personal insult.

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    • Leftist isn't an insult to liberals. If you're within the conservative/liberal way of thinking. You're good. I may disagree with you but we share same goals. Leftists and Alt-Right? No shared goal which means we don't share the same value system or way of thinking. Get where I'm coming from?

    • I don't get where you're coming from, I mean you're basically saying anyone who doesn't agree with you is an extremist? There's two sides left and right, how can one of them completely be made up of extremists?

  • People usually grow out of these views. Usually.

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