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July 07, 2005

Terrorism and its inadequacy

Jason Kuznicki of Positive Liberty writes a lengthy comment on terrorism and its impact (or lack thereof) on developing nations. Jason states that whether the aim of the perpetrators is revenge, or to hinder our ability to function as normal they’re unable to directly eliminate the fundamental values which create the society they’ve come to despise. In relation to the US, he says

What will destroy the United States is if ever, under any pretext at all, we lose the idea of decentralization. If we give up on the idea that people ought to pursue their happiness in a billion different ways, if we dismantle our spontaneous order in the name of security, then we will have finished the job that the terrorists are too ignorant even to start.

With yet another unoriginal—and, in the grand sense, unsuccessful—terrorist attack, we should take comfort in that our enemies haven't yet properly tried to destroy us. In the war of ideas, they still don't know what they're up against, and the proof can be found in their rhetoric and choice of targets. Our greatest danger lies in mistakenly believing them—and in failing to understand that our greatest strength lies in having no center at all.

Loss of life is tragedy, but unlike authoritarian command and control mechanisms, free societies are clearly very resilient to such atrocities. Hopefully, terrorism's proponents will continue to be frustrated by their lack on influence on the way we live our day to day lives.

Read 'The Absurdity of Terrorism' in full here.

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