Thursday, October 20, 2005

"Our Al Qaida Problem"

This ought to get people talking: a critique of (some) leftwing responses to extreme Islamism by a leftwinger (not Hitchens -- I said a leftwinger!).

I agree with the basic thrust, although the citation of Popper's Open Society is perhaps unfortunate, but I haven't actually read that book; I know it from reputation only, and that's not good enough. Anyway, it's a jettisonable feature of the argument; decoration, really.

What do y'all think?

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Blogger Doug said...

I think the key thing here is to be consistent about fighting fascism (or whatever you want to call it), whether here at home or abroad.

That seems to be a consistent position to me.

It is definitely true that simply because the West in large part created this problem does not mean that either 1. non-Western actors have no will (to power) of their own, or that 2. simply (and I mean that literally -- "simply") acquiescing to their demands alone will "solve" the problem. I think that's wishful thinking.

What should happen is far more radical than anything any party other than the Greens are considering: a full retreat from oil-based energy sourcing for our economy; a full retreat from much (not all) of neoliberal global economics -- at minimum, international labor and environmental standards; a total repudiation of neoconservative foreign policy, including pulling out of Iraq, paying reparations (it'll be cheaper in the long run, as well as morally necessary and politically wise), dismantling bases, and pressuring Israel to deal with the Palestinians and pressuring the PA and Hamas to crack down on terrorists; a public admission that the ever-increasing consumption Americans have enjoyed for 50 years is simply untenable not only for our country but also and especially when extrapolated to the rest of the world; a detailed explanation of how our privilige kills others; a detailed explanation of why we need non-military internationalism to fight the key battles facing our species -- emerging diseases, global warming, population explosion, et al; and that's all I can think of off the top of my head. Oh, and banning nuclear energy and working to lock down fissile materials ASAP would be a fucking good idea, too, while pouring dollars into alternative energy sources.

None of this will happen, of course.

Thursday, October 20, 2005 11:14:00 AM  

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