Here is another good piece on the attack in France that a friend sent my way. This piece is in the New Yorker.
One of the reasons I find this kind of attack so troublesome is that it is a direct attack on the culture of freedom of thought. This isn’t an attack with a political motivation at its core, as if these were people carrying out an attack in response to a particular war. I’m not saying that global politics don’t play any role, only that they are not the specific reason behind these kind of attacks. Whether it is the Koch brothers trying to destroy critical thinking in education, or fanatic Muslims trying to censor people through scaring them with violence, I am against any acts that try to prevent thinking. (And I am not equating the two. As much as I dislike what the Koch brothers are trying to do to public education, it is nowhere near as perverse as violence carried out against people in the name of religion.) Having the freedom to think through things, to have an open debate, even if it occasionally leads to places people don’t want to go, is crucial to creating a future worth living in.