Friday, May 13, 2005

Wanted to buy: cave

Sayyed Qutb: Father of Radical Islam
In the 1950s Sayyed Qutb, an Egyptian civil
servant was sent to the U.S. to learn about its
public education system. As he traveled around
the county, Qutb became increasingly disgusted by
what he felt was the selfish and materialistic
nature of American life.

When he returned to Egypt, Qutb turned into a
revolutionary. Determined to find some way to
control the forces of selfish individualism that
he saw in America, he envisioned an Arab society
where Islam would play a more central role. He
became an influential spokesperson in the Muslim
Brotherhood but was jailed after some of its
members attempted to assassinate Egyptian
President Nasser.

In prison a more radical Qutb wrote several
books which argued that extreme measures,
including deception and even violence, could be
justified in an effort to restore shared moral
values to society. He was executed in 1966 for
treason in Egypt. But his ideas lived on and
formed the basis of the radical Islamist movement.
Leo Strauss Leo Strauss was a professor of
political philosophy at the University of Chicago.

Leo Strauss: A Neo-Conservative
At the same time Leo Strauss, an American
professor of political philosophy, also came to
see western liberalism as corrosive to morality
and to society. Like Qutb, Strauss believed that
individual freedoms threatened to tear apart the
values which held society together. He taught his
students that politicians should assert powerful
and inspiring myths - like religion or the myth
of the nation - that everyone could believe in.

A group of young students, including Paul
Wolfowitz, Francis Fukuyama and William Kristol
studied Strauss' ideas and formed a loose group
in Washington which became known as the neo-
conservatives. They set out to create a myth of
America as a unique nation whose destiny was to
battle against evil in the world.

While I appreciate yet another look at the same
old fucking tune with new singers, that's just
what it is: death and destruction, a funeral dirge.

The names change, their -isms are only slightly
modified but that song's been played since dirt
was born.


Anyone got a good cave for sale?


Via David Brin