The world is a kaleidoscope of newly crystallized conditions clicking into place
and, before the eye resolves the design, snaps a new, equally ephemeral design into view. Pattern seekers haunt world news and editorial sites hoping for clarity while others pack their lives with activity hoping the world will right itself. Most humans ignore the dangerous world around them, some feel impotent frustration, others feed fear, hatred, and anger, and a few pick up sticks and set out on voyages of personal understanding. Rarely appearing is a freedom fighter armed with liberal ideas such as freedoms of speech, the press, religion, free markets, civil rights, democratic societies, secular governments, and international cooperation riding out to offer feasible alternatives to brutality, oppression, and evil. Dr. Tom Palmer provided an Atlas Network Update From the Field on Defending Liberty in Sarasota, Florida on January 7, 2016.
Dr. Palmer addressed the ISIS cult, Putin’s ambitions, and our own stupidity. Opening with the ISIS cult, he pointed out the large ISIS cult footprint of evil and horrific brutality, which he labeled terror porn, and identified the steps being taken to contain their recruitment. The Atlas Network seeks out courageous leaders, helps them start local organizations and trains them on how to be effective advocates of liberty. In the Middle East, Atlas Network supports several such groups of young people engaging in countering ISIS recruiting. Dr. Palmer pointed out that the ISIS cult appeals to the base fantasies of boys unmoderated by stable value systems; sex, violence, and glory. Countering such appeal requires two fronts. First it’s vital they understand that if they join ISIS, their new ISIS friends will eventually turn on them and kill them; the ISIS cult provides ample video footage to prove the point. Second is devaluation through laughter; making fun of the ISIS cult. Anyone who has ever laughed at a teenager in the throes of a fit of passionate anger knows this is an effective ‘turn-off.’ Continue reading Freedom Fighter— Portraits in Prudence and Courage