The permissibility of violence as a key to radicalization: “heroes” and “losers”

New research in the Washington Post by Julie M. Norman and Drew Mikhael from Club de Madrid has shown that in a large number of extreme radicalization cases, ideology doesn’t matter as much as the process by which the initiated comes to find meaning and self-worth within the radicalized community. Popular wisdom and some pundits … Continue reading The permissibility of violence as a key to radicalization: “heroes” and “losers”

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“Save the Day”: The phrase’s origin story from the U.S. Civil War

What would a superhero narrative be without "Saving the Day?" Snatching victory from the jaws of certain defeat? The improbable story of when all hope is lost, the hero arrives to rally everyone to victory? The drama and exhilaration we feel when reading or watching these kinds of hero stories is typically linked to the … Continue reading “Save the Day”: The phrase’s origin story from the U.S. Civil War

The Superhero in Crisis: The quiet power of endurance (a meditation)

Some superpowers aren’t as showy as others, but they can be more important than the other gifts altogether. This especially goes for the simple ability to stand back up after taking a solid punch. Most people can probably relate to how hard this can actually be. Following the release of the Wonder Woman movie this summer, … Continue reading The Superhero in Crisis: The quiet power of endurance (a meditation)

The Power of Heroes

This is hopefully the first in a many-part series on the power of heroes and the possibilities that personal identification with a fictional hero can create. Last week at San Diego Comic Con, comic book writer Gail Simone tweeted about the opportunity she had to meet with a group of vets from Stack-up.Org. This non-profit uses … Continue reading The Power of Heroes