Intellectual Terrorism And Intellectual Extremism

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Written by Adebanjo Joshua I.

Edited by:
Adedamola A.A.

Intellectual extremism and Intellectual terrorism are the two sides of the same coin.

Intellectual extremism is a mental opposition (vocal or written), caused by overconfidence in judgments, aimed at the fundamental values, rule of laws, Individual liberty of opinions, intolerance to different faiths and beliefs.

Intellectual terrorism is the act of using both rational and manipulated irrational thought aimed against an ethnic, tribe, institution, or country, who exhibit a different rational and logical doubt about a prevailing intellectual situation, with the intent to intimidate their notion, silence, or change their political or social intellectual structure.

Intellectual terrorism might not involve eventual violence, but in few cases, it is accompanied by a threat that will get real when heated up, it is more dangerous than martial terrorism, as earlier stated, it aims at imposing a specific opinion or doctrine,
hence, confiscating the other’s freedom of opinion and scattering and promoting delusional ideals and disallowing its resistance.

Intellectual terrorism can also be used selfishly to gain certain political and economic advantages.

But not everyone deliberately practices intellectual terrorism, a person beclouded by emotions and sensations might unintentionally practice intellectual and extremism terrorism and they can easily be radicalized.

The most dangerous form of intellectual terrorism is associated with the connivance of the intellectuals with the political leaders and government agencies to distort the fact of a situation in the formulation, propagation, and implementation of government policies hereby radicalizing the weak intellectuals.
For instance, hurting the sentiments of a tensed ethnic community under the light of the right to freedom of expression. While claiming to
be a freedom of speech, showing solidarity with those who promote such kind of propaganda does not promote freedom of speech, rather promotes intolerance, violence, and intellectual terrorism
that hurt innocent people all over the world.

An Intellectual terrorist also uses a convergent argument to generalize and attribute a certain behavior and trait to a group when radicalizing listeners and readers, an argument is an intellectual process, a convergent argument presents two or more independent reasons for the one conclusion.

8 November 2017 in Egypt, the participants in the (Youth and The Age of Technology) symposium warned of the negative impacts of technology and intellectual terrorism on youth as terrorists use now social networking websites in propagating their extremist ideologies.

Intellectual terrorists are always scared of someone who has the will to find out, who is not a conformist, who exhibits rational doubt about prevailing intellectual fashions, and who is unafraid to apply critical thought to any subject. If the intellectual is committed to the notion of truth and free inquiry, they find them hard to terrorize or radicalize, sometimes leading to violence.

It is easy to identify an Intellectual terrorist and extremist because,

Both are against any compromise with the other side.
Both are entirely sure of their position and they are not ready to listen to others.
Both advocate and sometimes use violence to achieve their ends.
Both are intolerant of dissent within their group.
Both demonize the other side.

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