Still holds true after 85 years:
Source: Someone on Twitter or Facebook, can’t recall whom.
But it’s the thought that counts.
For Prager University, author and humorist Greg Gutfeld explains how, deep down inside, the most successful liberals (1) are really conservatives:
And look at how carefully some musicians (for example) protect their intellectual properties. Why, it’s almost as if they believed in property rights.
(1) For a lot of reasons, I prefer to call them what they are, “progressives” or “social democrats.” There’s nothing truly liberal about “liberals.”
For Prager University, expatriate Egyptian Christian Raymond Ibrahim (author of the essential Al-Qaeda Reader) explains why Islamism –radical Islam, is the heir to fascism and communism as the most dangerous ideology facing the world today:
My quibble here is over the term “Islamism.” This implies that the activities of jihadists, those waging war in Islam’s name against us in order to create a new caliphate and impose totalitarian Sharia law, are somehow “not quite Islam.”
This isn’t true. Wrong on so much else, the Ayatollah Khomeini was right when he said:
Whatever good there is exists thanks to the sword and in the shadow of the sword! People cannot be made obedient except with the sword! The sword is the key to Paradise, which can be opened only for the Holy Warriors! There are hundreds of other [Qur’anic] psalms and Hadiths [sayings of the Prophet] urging Muslims to value war and to fight. Does all this mean that Islam is a religion that prevents men from waging war? I spit upon those foolish souls who make such a claim.
In other words, “Islam is Islam. Period.” No need for special terms. Islam itself is radical, with its imperative to wage war on the non-Muslim world and impose total control over its adherents via a form of totalitarianism antithetical to everything we stand for:
Islam, in its classical interpretation, is a comprehensive sociopolitical system with its own legal code. Yes, it has some strictly theological tenets (e.g., the oneness of Allah, the conceit that Mohammed is the final prophet). These, however, comprise but a small percentage of Islamic belief, which covers the full extent of political, economic, and social life — from warfare to hygiene, in exacting rules resistant to change. That is why in virtually every Islamic society — i.e., wherever sharia is incorporated into law — the separation of spiritual and political life is rejected; it is why we find misogyny, anti-Semitism, homophobia, ruthless discrimination against religious minorities, hostility to freedom, suspicion of reason, and backwardness in economics and education.
And millions upon millions of devout Muslims around the world believe this is the way things should be, and a significant portion of those are willing to act on it and fight to impose it on the rest of us, having become radicalized in service to a radical ideology.
The most dangerous one in the world, today.
PS: And yet I’m sympathetic to the wish for a term to separate truly peaceful Muslims who have no desire to impose Sharia on the rest of us from the maniacs who see our corpses as their steppingstones to Paradise. Perhaps “Islamism” is the best compromise, describing the movement of those willing to act on Islam’s aggressive urges. Regardless, we need to be honest about Islam, the religion and the ideology.
Ever wonder how it is that we’re right and they’re wrong, and just you can explain this to… “them?” Humorist and author Greg Gutfeld takes the stage for Prager University with the explanation:
No need to thank us, progressives. We’re happy to help.
For Praeger University, conservative columnist and author Jonah Goldberg takes a look at one of President Obama and the Left’s favorite expressions, “the wrong side of History,” and exposes it for what it is: a pseudo-scientific intellectual club carved from the tree of Marxism and meant to stifle debate and silence criticism.
If you want to look into this in more depth, Goldberg’s recent book “The Tyranny of Clichés” is invaluable.