Tuesday, March 20, 2007

D'Souza

The left wing paranoia documentary The Power of Nightmares advances the view that American neoconservativism and radical, violent Islamism share a common, or at least parallel, set of objectives. It's entertaining enough viewing, but I'd tended to think of it as a bit paranoid.

Until now, that is. The uber-conservative author and activist Dinesh D'Souza has published a book calling for a global religious conservative movement ('theoconservatism') to include radical Islamic elements as a reaction against individualist liberalism, which he holds responsible for 9/11. We are asked to believe that we should endorse religious conservatism in even extreme forms, as a bulwark against the radical individualism of secular liberalism, with all the moral depravity it apparently causes. It's quite literally breathtaking (as is, I felt pressure on my lungs as I read about it).

Here's Andrew Sullivan's pretty good review of the book over at The New Republic. He argues that D'Souza's position is really a quite logical extension of radical American rightwing politics, generalised across cultural boundaries.
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