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The Question (ID Number 692)...

    I was wondering how the current religious/Islamist extremists fit into the Takers v. Leavers struggle. My guess is that these fundamentalists are Leavers fighting back against Taker control. But aren't Leavers usually on the peaceful side of things? This makes it look like the Leavers are the "bad guys" by killing and trying to take over the world, or at least Western society. I suppose these select few could be viewed as an anomaly in the system. What do you think?

    ...and the response:

    Muslim fundamentalists are no closer to being Leavers than Jewish fundamentalists or Christian fundamentalists. Islamic nations feel threatened by the secular capitalist culture that surrounds them, embodied in extreme form by American culture; their ambition, as I read it, is not "to take over the world" but to be left alone.


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