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Head To Head Maudsley Debate

Do cases like that of Anders Breivik show that fanaticism is a form of madness? No

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e4647 (Published 11 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4647

Re: Do cases like that of Anders Breivik show that fanaticism is a form of madness? No

Fanaticism is political or religious extremism. Today, politics and religion are so polarized and stigmatized, that extremism and fanaticism are almost commonplace. So it is no longer surprising that we live with terrorism. The remedy for this deplorable state is to depolarize and defuse politics and religion, so that centrism and modernism reclaim their rightful place. Nationalism needs copious rationalism.

Competing interests: No competing interests

13 July 2012
Hugh Mann
Physician
Retired
Eagle Rock, MO, USA