The Posse concurs with their assessment of Bin Laden and his rich-kid ilk. Most of the leading terrorists aren't as the meme goes "mired in poverty" but rather are sons of privilage that suffer from boredom and self-loathing.
A similar dynamic is at work in the West, where pampered college professors and their sheltered offspring imagine themselves oppressed and issue countless calls for revolution. To their dismay, the hard-working lower classes ignore them.
The left's response to this has been even more anger, sometimes hidden, sometimes vented openly. After the presidential election, it came out in the open.
We believe a great part of this anger comes from the fact that many of the left have so little sense of challenge or accomplishment.
Middle class Americans now are the equivalent of the mega-rich of the past. Indeed, the amenities, life expectancy and creature comforts of your average Generation Y slacker compare favorably with the luxuries of Cyrus the Great, Cleopatra or even a 19th century railroad tycoon. Certainly in the field of medical care there is no comparison.
Partly we believe this is a crisis of manhood, or, perhaps more correctly, adulthood, since women are equally affected.
In the past, the passage from the carefree days of childhood into the seriousness of adulthood took place earlier. Indeed, childhood itself was hardly carefree.
The West is now wealthy enough that middle income children can be treated as royal heirs in terms of responsibility and hardship.
Idle hands are of course the Devil's playground and Ol' Scratch has been very busy over the last half century.
Thus many of our young people - craving adventure or some sort of challenge to show their worthiness - turn to radicalism.
Certainly that was part of what motivated John Walker Lindh. Boredom, a quest for spirituality and accomplishment took him from Marin County to the Hindu Kush.
Reading some of the leftist websites, it is not hard to imagine similar journeys taking place.
Unlike the wealthy Arabs described above, the West can have this comfort - that the disease seems to mitigate its own symptoms. The same idleness that fuels bitter anti-American diatribes and burned flags also acts as a check against positive action.