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Shikha Dalmia on ISIS's Existential Threat to Liberalism

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One of the things that has contributed to the freak out against ISIS is that it is attracting recruits from the West. Many commentators worry that these Westerners are a product of liberalism's spiritual weakness—its inability to provide a "transcendental" purpose, a cause to die for. And if ISIS is not defeated decisively, they fear, liberalism will only look weaker, producing a loss of confidence and an existential crisis in the liberal West.

But if anything bespeaks a loss of confidence, it is what counts as an "existential crisis" now, notes Reason Foundation senior analyst Shikha Dalmia.