I never saw real fanatics in the USSR. They had long all been killed by the time I was born. Around me, everybody mouthed slogans, and most people even believed in them in the sense that people don’t tend to question things they perceive as widespread beliefs.
But nobody I ever met was emotionally or intellectually invested in the dogma.
For the first time in my life, I’m seeing fanatical believers in a political doctrine here in the US. I have no idea how to act around them because I have no experience. These are people who are impervious to all reason because they are in a grip of a violent emotion they don’t control.
It wouldn’t be a big deal if only these fanatics had no access to power. But they will control all institutions within a few years. Yes, they will devour each other in the end and disappear. But they will create a lot of destruction before that.