Radicalism is American Progress

In the US, the word radical is widely regarded as a pejorative. Most people believe being a radical is dangerous and violent. FBI reports on home grown terrorism oftentimes try to ascertain when someone was radicalized. Radical is a term that is used by large swaths of the political establishment to disparage movements that they don’t like.

To be fair, radicalism can indeed lead someone to commit violent actions. Radicalism has been the central cause of nearly all the world’s terrorism and all of the world’s revolts. However, radicalism is not inherently bad. A look at US…