The youth bulge in action

There’s been a lot of discussion of Heinsohn’s so-called “youth bulge” theory — the view that “an excess in especially young adult male population predictably leads to social unrest, war and terrorism, as the “third and fourth sons” that find no prestigious positions in their existing societies rationalize their impetus to compete by religion or political ideology”.

Here’s how they get their start:

KILI FAQIRAN, Pakistan (AP) – The boy with the knife looks barely 12. In a high-pitched voice, he denounces the bound, blindfolded man before him as an American spy. Then he hacks off the captive’s head to cries of “God is great!” and hoists it in triumph by the hair.


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