It’s always been us versus them.
We are those whom consider virtuous the concepts of individual liberty, freedom of expression and of conscience. Whom advocate a society where the state treats its citizens as individuals each walking on the road of life pursuing whatever happiness and meaning they may find.
They are those whom consider it a virtuous act to impose upon all members of society a single unalterable ideology through government.
Academics and social commentators spend vast amounts of time defining what groups like ISIS are. They fail to even get close to the core of the issue which is that they and groups like them (Al-Qaeda, Hamas, Al-Nursa, etc.) simply propagate a form of totalitarianism based on the religious doctrines of Islam.
Simply put, ISIS (and movements like them) propagate nothing more and nothing less than yet another form of totalitarianism. Fundamentally indistinguishable from Nazism or Stalinism. The only difference being that this time not the ideology of communism is the foundation of a totalitarian state but the doctrines of islam.
So let us speak plainly and drop the nonsense. The academics and commentators who use terms like ‘islamic fundamentalists’, or ‘islamists’ to describe the nature of ISIS are making an educated discussion ever more difficult. In fact they are polluting the discourse. They are confusing the public with terms that have value only in academic papers where they have given them meaning to suit their thesis’.
In reality the world is dealing with a known evil, totalitarianism. The supporters of which wish to establish an islamic theocracy in the lands where they live, some lands they deem important based on religious scripture and eventually the whole world.
Thus the battle lines are drawn and the camps are clear. It is those whom are in favour of a a secular government that face a group of tyrants whom adhere to an ideology that wishes to create a theocratic state.
It is us versus them.
For those whom are more visually orientated have a look at images of theocrats in Indonesia and images of Nazi supporters. You will see no difference except for appearance. Fundamentally they are the same.
- Indonesia (video showing Indonesian students declaring intention to establish theocracy in form of caliphate)
- Germany (video showing german soldiers pledging allegiance to Adolf Hitler)
The function of the institution of government is timeliness. Most perfectly worded in a phrase known by all, from the mind of the great Thomas Jefferson. It serves as the protector of three basic concepts:
- Pursuit of happiness
No more. No less.
I tweet, sometimes. And on Twitter one encounters innumerable Social Justice Warriors whom happily to turn a blind eye to history when it suits their political cause.
I find this detestable. So I wrote a short poem about it:
You speak of this evil only when it furthers your cause. This evil you too have committed, a mirror would show.
The first blog post on my new website and it’s not about politics or literature. No! Music!
Most people know me as someone who’s obsessed with politics, history and literature. Oké, and food. I enjoy cooking and baking. But I also love music. I’m not always listening to music like some people who seem to have their headphones glued to their ears, and I sometimes stop entirely for months on end. But I always stumble across an artist that triggers me to start listening all over again and that’s what I’d like to share with you today.
His name is John Moreland and although I’m not a fan of the term ‘pure’ it seems to be the only fitting word that I can use to describe his style. Honest texts and a voice through which you can hear the sincerity. That’s John.
One of my favourite songs is 359 AM. And the line that really gets me every time is: “But my dreams don’t sing like before”. It really makes you reflect on your own life and ask the question, “what are my dreams?”
Lyrics of the song can be found here: https://johnmoreland.bandcamp.com/track/3-59-am
Feature image source: https://secure.flickr.com/photos/mattlucht/8261847794/