Dealing with Overzealous Ideologues
Q&A Radio: Sunday, 31 March 2013, Question 3
I answered a question on dealing with overzealous ideologues on Philosophy in Action Radio on 31 March 2013. You can listen to or download the podcast segment below – or check out the whole episode.
How can a person deal with overzealous ideologues? Suppose that an overzealous follower of a particular belief system constantly monitors and polices the behavior of other followers. When he sees what he believes to be a failure by someone to live up to their ideals, he attacks that person publicly, trying to shame him into proper behavior. What is the proper response if I am attacked by this overzealous follower in public? What if the attacks are private? Should I respond if my friends and acquaintances are attacked?
My Answer, In Brief: The problem of overzealous ideologues is part of a broader conflict between openness and quality control in advocacy movements. Understand that – and then exclude such people from your life as much as possible.
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