Crackpot post of the day: ‘Great Games and the Islamic Renaissance’

Canadian journalist Eric Walberg has produced two very impressive works that between them cover most of what is politically relevant today: Postmodern Imperialism: Geopolitics and the Great Games, the games being those played on the world political chessboard, and From Postmodernism to Postsecularism: Re-Emerging Islamic Civilization, both from Clarity Press.

Walberg shows globalization’s brutality, and with theory to back him up, lays it squarely at imperialism’s door.

The scope of this work is vast, but I have chosen one quote that is particularly relevant to current events. Since 2008, the European Union, built up painstakingly after two world wars devastated the continent, has been teetering on collapse, and I have often affirmed that it is a deliberate American policy to destroy that elaborate welfare state…

It is clear from the start that Walberg sees Islam as not so much better than other religions but better than western civilization’s destructive message, with respect both to humans and their environment. Reviewing Islam’s present and past positions on economics, politics and nature, Walberg notes that while it is presented to contemporary western publics as inherently violent, Islam has never built empires…

An entire chapter is devoted to Muhammad and Marx, but its main thrust, “The Dialectic Between Revelation and Reason” is less persuasive than the parts of the book that deal with Islam’s revolutionary message itself…

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  • Maggat

    Thanks for the warning.

  • Minicapt

    “… Islam has never built empires …” good thing no credibility was endangered by this review.

    Cheers

    • Clausewitz

      What was that whole Ottoman thingy again? Oh yeah that would be the Ottoman Empire. No religiosity there.

      • ellake

        YUP
        There was also Ummayad Caliphate which covered 5.17 million square miles (but, no, it could not be an empire, because it was a “Caliphate”) and Safavid Empire.
        But hey, they had nothing to do with Islam, nothing at all.