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August 1, 2012

Terrorism is a variant of a phenomenon called “totalism.”

Its devotees -- anarchists, Marxists, or Islamists -- want to impose a new order based on an "all-or-nothing claim to truth."
They operate within distinctive parameters of a €œtheology of Armageddon -- a final battle between good and evil --€“  in which the stakes are nothing less than universal salvation. As outlined in Eric Hoffer'€™s classic, The True Believer, such movements have mastered the art of "religiofication,"€ that is, converting political grievances into messianic aspirations and "€œpractical purposes into holy causes."€ In the 20th century, this mode of structured violence has taken on a life of its own. It is no longer rooted in a  a particular social context and accumulated destructive energy. It goes beyond particular social or economic problems, or adherence to a militant doctrine. Totalist ideology and its use of terror is a global phenomenon. -- Spengler » Lessons from the Red Terror About Islamist Organizations

Posted by gerardvanderleun at August 1, 2012 12:49 PM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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And "totalism" exactly defines the Democrat party today. I have a post coming online on Aug. called, "The American fascist party," because that is what the Democrats have become.

"Nothing outside the State!"

Politics and power are their religion, and the State is their god.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at August 1, 2012 2:14 PM

Saves having to type out that big long word "totalitarianism."

Posted by: Anonymous at August 2, 2012 1:16 PM

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