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[–] Arotaes_Forgehammer 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Because they're different, because they aren't with the radicals. Because their ideas are different.

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[–] Gigan 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Because their stupid ideas are easily shut down by arguments supported by logic and evidence. They can't argue against that, so they just try to silence it.

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[–] DoucheBagMcGee [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I have a theory of my own, and you guys can agree or disagree, but I've been fascinated with the idea of belief for quite some time.

People become emotionally invested in their beliefs. I used to be a very religious person, so I can understand the grasp an idea can have on a person. I think that when a person become emotionally caught up in an idea, it becomes psychologically devastating for them to let go of it.

True believers of an ideology cannot allow decent, because everything they come to believe is based on their ideology. Their entire life is built on these "facts" of their belief, and to dismantle them would be the same as yanking the bottom blocks off their mental Jenga tower. So it becomes a necessity to defend themselves by destroying ideas which could potentially make their worldview come crashing down. when there are no outside opinions, their worldview is safest.

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[–] individualin1984 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

From my experience I believe you are seeing it most clearly. To reiterate a little, the core of any true believe revolves around emotion. This is the binding attachment that makes it part of you. To tear at someones believe is to also tear at the emotional attachment to their core. What we see is that if there is no logic to help support the believe there is only the personal emotional tendrils holding up belief. We can call it faith we can call it justice we can call it what someone feels is right, but in the end without logic it is a heavy object tangling from your soul by very tender ligaments. So what we often see is the establishment of foe logic in order to help support. You see this often in Academia, the social justice movement, and politics lately, but it has been around in various religions for a long time. Anyone that even bumps this tenuous mass causes pain, sometimes severe pain if it has been disturbed many time due to its lack of proper support. The only recourse is to build barriers around your mass to keep it undisturbed. And here is where we see the crushing of free speech, the sequestering of ideas in small think tanks and academic groups, the group speak new vocabulary, the anyone that disagrees with us is an abuser, etc...

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[–] uptherepubic 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Because if you can't defeat something, you suppress it. It you want to know who they fear, look at who they try to silence.

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[–] Antinous 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Because forcing others to conform has always worked.