The continuing saga of beheadings perpetrated by jihadists of ‘Western’ origin is much discussed and little understood. One relatively unseen perspective is that this saga highlights a crisis within ‘Western’ civilisation, within ‘modernity’. Religious fundamentalism of any stripe is a conscious rebellion against the materialist and secular nature of modernity; disgusted by the prospect of a mundane existence, some young Muslims have chosen a radical path away from it. Moving to a foreign land in secrecy to fight for a cause provides an exciting excursion and an escape. But this is not the only form of rebellion taking place against what Fredy Perlman calls the Leviathan – merely the most radical. Continue reading
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