09 January 2015

Quote for the day -- not radicals

Today I want to puke when I hear the word "radical" applied so slothfully and stupidly to Islamist murderers; the most plainly reactionary people in the world.

-- Christopher Hitchens, 2010

4 Comments:

Blogger Stupid Git said...

Great quote. Instead of radical, they should be called what they are: necrophiliacs.

"By necrophilia is meant love for all that is violence and destruction; the desire to kill; the worship of force; attraction to death, to suicide, to sadism; the desire to transform the organic into the inorganic by means of "order." The necrophile, lacking the necessary qualities to create, in his impotence finds it easy to destroy because for him it serves only one quality: force." - Erich Fromm, The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness

(Yes, I just posted another quote from that book on another article of yours… I love that book).

10 January, 2015 08:02  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

SG: Not a bad idea, but if I called the jihadists necrophiliacs, I might get sued for defamation by people who have sex with corpses.

The objection is to people who use "radical" to mean "extremist". If they mean "extremist", they should just say it.

10 January, 2015 10:04  
Blogger Rational Nation USA said...

When it comes to Islamist terrorists I prefer radical extremists or radicalized extremists.

10 January, 2015 20:48  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Hitchens, given his far-left background, was using the word 'radical" in a rather specific way. Unfortunately these distinctions of meaning are becoming lost now as the meanings of words become generalized.

11 January, 2015 03:05  

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