posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 08:58 PM
The list is BS.
Let's look at the first 3 items:
1. Those that talk about “individual liberties”
2. Those that advocate for states’ rights
3. Those that want “to make the world a better place”
going to the document that the original article links to
you find a training
document about what constitutes extremism, and "individual liberties" is mentioned exactly once, and the other two are right in there too:
•The standard hate message has not changed, but it has been packaged differently. Modern extremist groups run the gamut from the politically astute
and subtle to the openly violent.
• Nowadays, instead of dressing in sheets or publicly espousing hate messages, many extremists will talk of individual liberties, states’ rights,
and how to make the world a better place.
so it is NOT that "anyone" who mentions these is an extremist - it is that extremists often use these as "hooks" to get a conversation going.
Classic disinfo by the conspiracy nuts!
#4 is also in that document - it points out:
•As noted, an ideology is a set of political beliefs about the nature of people and society. People who are committed to an ideology seek not only
to persuade but to recruit others to their belief. In U.S. history, there are many examples of extremist ideologies and movements. The colonists who
sought to free themselves from British rule and the Confederate states who sought to secede from the Northern states are just two examples.
note that this does not actually identify these people as extremists at all - but as ideologues who try to recruit others - so this one is just
#6 - anyone who wants to defeat communists:
j. Doomsday thinking
Extremists often predict dire or catastrophic consequences from a situation or from a failure to follow a specific course, and they tend to exhibit a
kind of crisis-mindedness. It can be a Communist takeover, a Nazi revival, nuclear war, earthquakes, floods, or the wrath of God. Whatever it is, it
is just around the corner unless we follow their program and listen to their special insight and wisdom, towhich only the truly enlightened have
access. For extremists, any setback or defeat is the beginning of the end.
k. Belief that it’s okay to do bad things in the service of a “good” cause
Extremists may deliberately lie or otherwise distort, misquote, slander, defame, or libel their opponents and/or critics; engage in censorship or
repression; or undertake violence in special cases. This is done with little or no remorse as long as it is in the service of defeating the
Communists, Fascists, or whomever. Defeating an enemy becomes an all-encompassing goal to which other values are subordinate. With extremists, the end
justifies the means.
Personally I agree -extremists are often characterized by people to whom the end justifies the means.
And that includes the nutjobs who put this together - apparently for them it is OK to lie to you - indeed it is even celebrated looking at the number
of stars and flags this rubbish received!!