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Bookchin, Syria, ISIS

January 22, 2016

There have been some recent articles on how some Kurdish communities in Syria have picked up on the writings of Murray Bookchin. I don’t know how much there really is to that. Interesting, nonetheless.

Razib Khan writes on the appeal of violent jihad as a heroic alternative for too many young Muslim men:

The liberal democratic “end of history” is not heroic or anti-heroic. It is banal, and heroism plays out only in the context of a job well done in the banality of existence and persistence. Being a good parent, friend, and a consummate professional. But not everyone is a parent, and not everyone has a rich network of friends, or a fulfilling profession. Ideologies like communism, and religious-political movements like Islamism, are egalitarian in offering up the possibilities of heroism for everyone by becoming part of a grand revolutionary story.

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