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Fellow-travellers and useful idiots

John Gray in the New Statesman. Islamist movements fill this gap by combining hatred of the West with Leninist methods of remodelling society by force – a mix that some on the left evidently find appealing. authoritarianismjohn grayKoestlerregressive lefttotalitarianism

Hitler and the Arabs

The briefest of reviews for this book in The Middle East Quarterly, a book that would probably be better titled as Nazism and Islam. The characteristic totalitarian traits shared by both Nazism and political Islam has not gone unnoticed: an observation conspicuously absent within the Regressive Left (a superb term coined by Maajid Nawaz). Is it because they harbour the very same authoritarian dispositions? For more on the topic see New…

Dreaming the future

We all want a better world, and we seemingly make progress, with more technology and less prejudice. Yet ideals and utopias are strangely difficult to imagine, let alone achieve. Is it that we just lack imagination or are leaders inherently corrupt? Or is there something impossible in the very idea? authoritarianism‏ Roger ScrutoncomplexityNatalie BennettPhillip Blondregressive…