(Islamist) Totalitarianism

Tuesday, June 27, 2006
neo-neocon: "'Islamist totalitarianism' may indeed be the very best name of all for those who adhere to this vision, since it places the movement firmly in the twentieth/twenty-first century context in which it belongs, which is one of world dominance through force, and the negation of human freedom. That is why all totalitarian movements are, in their dark hearts, a reaction to and a profound rejection of the Enlightenment. Islamist totalitariansim is no exeption to this rule."

Read it all, and the Austin Bay and London Times articles that prompted it.


David Thomson said...

Nope, I strongly disagree. They are only secondarily totalitarians. First, last, and foremost, these thugs are nihilists. Both Hitler and Stalin desired to live as long as possible. This world’s pleasures meant a lot to them. The Islamic nihilists, however, are in love with death. Suicide on behalf of Jihad will provide them with 72 Virgins in the next life.

Buddy Larsen said...

Only four short of 76 trombones for the Big Parade!

Seneca the Younger said...

David, I don't think "nihilism" is the word you're looking for. I'm not sure what the right word is, but "nihilism" is the belief that there is no underlying reality or basis for moral value; that doesn't seem to fit.