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Radical discussion page. This talk page discusses the various aspects of the word radical so in the title of your comment, clearly state your topic. Also, feel free to make a contribution if you think it is called for.


Could a clear definition of the word 'radical' in regards to politics be explained. All talk about extreme left of right movements or 'acting in an extreme way' but provide no useful or clear information as to what being radical of extremist is. Some explanation in simple terms or describing the complicated terms would help.

Cheers Sebsf 12:30, 4 August 2007 (UTC)

Short definition of a chemical radical[edit]

Ok, the short definition of a chemical radical on this disambiguation page is wrong. There are two chemical meanings for a radical, and the ammonium ion fits one of them. Examine the Lewis structure of ammonium. It has no unpaired electrons. Dwmyers 04:53, 10 Sep 2003 (UTC)

Timothy McVeigh[edit]

Timothy McVeigh was a radical conservative.Ark30inf 23:15, 16 Oct 2003 (UTC)

Be Bold[edit]

Be bold in updating pages! DanKeshet

Radical defined wrong![edit]

So my question would be how is the word radical defined as "Arising from or reaching a root or source?" And "Effecting or favoring (basic) change?"

The reason I pose such a question is because radical is a "source or root" that has an extreme basis implied with it.

And there is a difference between little change and radical change.

So where does Webster get off stating these as difinations of the word.

Thank you, Cordially Speedy

"Radical": Politics[edit]

Establishing radical...refer or respond to 'Request'

Radical as change rather than reform[edit]

Some may dispute whether the changes a political radical advocates represents true reforms. Certainly advocates of radical change may see those changes as reforms but opponents almost certainly would not. Objectively speaking whether any political or social change can be considered a reform, radical or otherwise, is a matter for history and not really the province of those who advocate their changes as reforms. With that in mind, I modified the definition of a political radical from someone in favour of drastic reform to one who is in favour of drastic political or social change. We'll let history decide if those changes are true reforms. Fjapinteric 14:46, 14 October 2007 (UTC)

In politics[edit]

The term radical is used by the right wing in the United States to describe elements of the Democratic Party
Do not edit this sentence again without an explanation. The previous version contained POV language. Regardless of whether you feel it is a mischarictarization, it has been established as sentiment in an opposing political faction, not as encyclopedic fact. Logically, those calling members of the democrat party radicals are not intentionally "mischaracterizing" them, they are providing what they feel is an accurate desription based on their political ideology. --NEMT 15:39, 4 September 2006 (UTC)

Odd vandalism[edit]

Some guy did a rather odd vandalism of this page. He did it under slang and talked about someone named isabelle. I just reverted it. Can't believe no one noticed it. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ahmeri18 (talkcontribs) 14:35, 9 December 2007 (UTC)