Extremism seems to be everywhere these days, from Animal Rights Extremists to Islamic extremists to Far Right Extremists, everything seems to be ‘extreme’. The irony of this is that this identification tag of ‘extremism’ is extremely arbitrary since there is no way to definitely label one group ‘moderate’ and another ‘extremist’ other than to look at them as subjective expressions of value to the System.In other words, when one is assigned the tag of ‘moderate’ then it is a positive valuation since ‘moderate’ means that one is willing to work with and promote ideological positions that are either less harmful to, or in sync, with those of the System.
Therefore, when one is assigned the tag of ‘extremist’ then it is a negative valuation since ‘extremist’ means that one is willing to work with and promote ideological positions that are either harmful, or out of sync, with those of the System.Thus, we can see that ‘extremist’ is simply a propagandistic synonym for ‘enemy of the System’ while ‘moderate’ translates to ‘friend of the System’.What in general makes an ‘extremist’ an ‘extremist’ in the eyes of the System is that they are unwilling to bend their ideology – be it religious, political, social and/or economic – to the ideological requirements of the System and are thus enemies of the System because they stand in opposition to the norms and forms that it wishes to establish. Therefore, what makes an ‘extremist’ an ‘extremist’ is uncompromising belief in their ideology that supersedes any loyalty they have to the System and therefore places them outside the System.They are the opposite to those with the ‘slave morality’ that Nietzsche so deplored in that they are prepared to fight for what they believe in and they will not back down from a fight with the System if one is required.
This is part of why ‘extremists’ tend to perform the best out of any group. While ‘extremist’ ideologies can lead to ideologically-based missteps – like Islamic State provoking the United States into a fight in Iraq and Syria based on their belief that it would trigger Allah to send them angelic reinforcements – if an ‘extremist’ ideology is based on reason and science rather than metaphysical Worldview and established ritual then it will not likely make such mistakes, but instead stand tall, strong and true as a revolt against the modern world.