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“Extremist” is Not an Insult – The American Mind

“Extremist” is Not an Insult

There is no shame in total devotion to liberty.

Editors’ Note

This essay is adapted from The Soul of Politics: Harry V. Jaffa and the Fight for America, by Glenn Ellmers (Encounter Books, 2021).

“Virtue is an excellence: compared with the average, it is an extreme.”

– Leo Strauss

In June, Joe Biden’s National Security Council released its National Strategy for Countering Domestic Terrorism. The document absurdly but alarmingly claims that, out of all the fanatics who hate America and wish it harm, “the most persistent and lethal threats” are posed by domestic “racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists (principally those who promote the superiority of the white race).” Other commentators have shown that this narrative about white-supremacist “extremists” is little more than crude propaganda—an attempt to hijack our entire national security and federal law enforcement apparatus as a partisan weapon of the Democratic Party.

— Read more below on americanmind.org/features/whos-next/extremist-is-not-an-insult/

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