Hollywood Jahilliya

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I'm an old-school liberal, like FDR or, heck, even Trotsky if I'm feeling generous. That is, I recognize a fascist enemy when I see one, and I treat it like an enemy. It's my mission (self-appointed, of course) to convince other Hollywood liberals to do the same.

09 March 2006

The Thesis of Hollywood Jahilliya

It's simple, really, and ought to be able to be intuitively understood by folks on the "left." The movement now called, variously, "radical Islam," "Islamism," "jihadism" or "Islamofascism," is the greatest right-wing threat to freedom and democracy in the modern world. Its ideology is radically and lethally opposed to women's equality, free speech, religious tolerance, secular government, rule of law, and everything else in the grab-bag of liberal civlization.

In other words, it despises the West for its good ideas, not its bad policies. And this movement is the cause of oppression and poverty in the Muslim world, not the result of it.

It is the duty of the international "left," including Hollywood liberals, to form and maintain a united front against this rising fascist tide. Debate over tactics, strategy, logisitics, rhetoric and so on is perfectly legitimate, and even necessary. But debate over fundamentals is pointless. This fascist movement will continue seeking our destruction no matter who our president is. In the end, it doesn't matter whether we back Israel or not, invaded Iraq or not, elected George W. Bush or not. It is our existence, not our policies, to which jihadism objects.

Also, it's important to understand that the current struggle is both part of a decades-long civil war over the future of Islamic society, in which the Muslim Religious Right has been savaging liberal and secular reformers; and the latest phase in a centuries old imperialist struggle between Islam and the West, in which the Muslim Religious Right seeks to conquer, not liberate, the Muslim world and everywhere else, too.

"Leftist" factions who are not part of a united front against this movement are not really on the left anymore. Groups like International ANSWER, Not In Our Names, the Respect Coaltion in Britain, to name just a few, are traitors to the left. Their parent organizations -- the Socialist Worker Party (ANSWER and Respect), the Revolutionary Communist Party (Not In Our Names) -- and allied individuals have struck a Hitler-Stalin pact with the forces of jihadist fascism. They are reactionaries.

It is the goal of this blog to reach rational leftists and liberals and wake them up from the false consciousness which tells them that neo-conservatism is the biggest threat to world peace. It's not. Jihadism and its right-wing agenda was around and growing long before the Project for a New American Century got together, and it will continue to vex us long after the neo-con project is consigned to the ashes of history. In some ways, neo-conservatism is a response to jihadist facsism; it is certainly not a cause of it. Al-Qaeda and its ilk would want us dead or enslaved even if our president was Noam Chomsky. Indeed, the more liberal we become, the more they will want us dead.

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