***Selected Studies Of Fanaticism***

An Educational Service Of Truth Based Logic

Because there is increasing evidence that America has entered one of those unfortunate periods, when our public affairs become increasingly impacted by the frantic pursuits of single issue enthusiasts--men & women, tragically, but totally, lacking in any concept of context or perspective--we have launched this section as another resource for students at Truth Based Logic. Here, we will offer articles exploring various facets and aspects, from different perspectives, on fanaticism and the mind of the fanatic. Since we have previously posted a number of articles, which would serve that purpose, we have included links to some of them, following this introduction. For clarification, we have indicated which items are newly posted, contemporaneous with this section, and which were previously in our data banks. The latter will also remain on those other menus, where they presently appear.

Please note, that much of this material will have been authored by other writers, now deceased, including Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, James A. Reed, Eric Hoffer, etc.. While we are in at least substantial agreement with each selection, offered, we do not accept every proposition advanced by these writers--certainly not unequivocally. Our purpose, in this section, is to stimulate thought, not propound a counter dogma; to focus attention on some of the indices of the fanatic mindset, to the end that individual Conservatives may be better prepared to recognize, contain and resist its demands for uniformity of thought, whenever and wherever it raises its ugly and destructive head.

Remember, that it is not necessary for a fanatic's cause to be wrong, in itself, for fanaticism to be destructive. Fanaticism, indeed, discredits its own causes even as it disrupts the social tranquility of a people. We are not considering ultimate ends, here, nor dedicated people, with merely strong opinions. We encourage dedication. We encourage firm convictions--but only ones based upon reason & experience. The fanatic, as we use the term, displays a myopic intolerant fervor--with sense neither of proportion nor of normal social priorities. For his cause of the moment, his weapons are usually cant and slogan, not reasoned argument. Yet, make no mistake, he may be quite prepared to lie and cheat; to undermine the social values and destroy the traditional institutions of his own society; to sacrifice friends and family. His is a distortion of reality, which may appeal to the hysteria of other fanatics--and to those who seek fulfillment in group identification--but never to the higher cognitive processes of more ordered intellects.

Please note, also, that while we started out with only twelve pieces, besides this introduction, we have already started to expand on that. Eight of the original pieces were specifically directed at aspects of fanaticism, while four dealt with allied forms of compulsion. Of the eight original items, more directly relevant, two of these were new, exclusive to this section. Of the next six, one was the May, 2005 Feature on the Terry Schiavo case. The remaining five had long been available. Again, the selections, offered here, have been chosen to illustrate different facets of the fanatic personality and focus. They are in no way limited to a particular class of issues, nor a particular species of fanatic, nor a particular era or generation. We will continue to add new materials on fanatics and fanaticism, as time permits.

Newer Selections>

Charles Dickens Explains How To Market Fanaticism (From Barnaby Rudge, 1841)

Edgar Allan Poe Offers Insight On Abolitionist Fanaticism

Relevant Analysis--Posted Earlier>

The Pestilence Of Fanaticism (Prohibition & Feminism), by Senator James A. Reed

Compulsion For Uniformity

The Price Of Egalitarianism

Terry Schiavo: An End To Rational Analysis?

Civil War, Reconstruction & Creating Hate In America Today

How To Recognize The Bigot In The Argument

Senator James A. Reed On "Majority Rule!"

Compassion Or Compulsion? A Further Effort To Clarify Truth

Other Compulsion Driven Dogma>

The Feminist Absurdity

The Lies Of Socialism

Life & Politics In A Pavlovian Kennel

The Boy Scouts Of America & A Leftwing Agenda

August, 2012>>
Social Reform: Confusion Or "Unintended Consequences?"

Footnote On Egalitarian Compulsion

Our Answer To Compulsion Influenced Aspects Of American Life>

Novel Challenges False Premises That Led To Obama Election:
Return Of The Gods

Conservative Intelligence Center

Gold & Money In America, II [Fiat Money!]

Freedom Of Choice? Gulliver Discovers America [Lesson Mankind should have learned with Eve!]

Leftist Intolerance--2009

Self-Destruction--A Conditioned Reflex?

Gaming The Question--Staple of Demagogues

Obama & The Week After: A Dissent

Leftwing Chickens Coming Home (The Obama Phenomenon)

Obama: Community Organizer

Promoting Hate--SPLC In Action

'Diversity' In Context: Reality vs. Leftist Fantasy

The Greatest Mischief Ever Wrought

Fanatics Try To Undermine Conservative Educational Organization>>
A Fire Bell In The Night

Reason Or Compulsion--The Future At Stake

Destroying Cultural Continuity--The Leftist War on Social Cohesion

Literary Corner--Return Of The Gods Web Site

Conservative Debate Handbook:

Table Of Contents--Instant Access, All Chapters

The Declaration Of Independence--With Study Guide