Everyone views themselves as "reasonable" most of the time. And most of us surround ourselves with like minded individuals in order to feel comfortable in a "cultural norm" of sorts.
Which is how I came to understand that I am viewed by many as an "extremist" and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. I am not a violent terrorist, nor do I advocate the overthrow of our government by force of arms. But when I stopped and took a look at all the people that the .gov and media have labeled "extremists" and it resembles my blog roll, I guess I should be included in that group.
But I do wholeheartedly believe that if the people lack the means to resist tyranny that a tyranny becomes inevitable. The creeping socialism of the European model may be the long slow death march of freedom but there is hope. Other nations have successfully privatized portions of their social welfare schemes and decentralized their economies. We can do it too. We may have to do it.
But I still don't get what is so extreme about knowing some history and pointing out when "new ideas" failed in the past....