The Age of Fear

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Submitted by Anonymous Guest on Sat, 2010-10-02 11:29

Cynicism, uncertainty, and fear are the insignia of the culture which they (liberals) are still dominating by default. And the only thing that has not rusted in their ideological equipment, but has grown savagely brighter and clearer through the years, is their lust for power—for an autocratic, statist, totalitarian government power.

The New Fascism: “Rule by Consensus,”
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 209.

In full accordance with Ayn Rand’s prediction we are living now in the Age of Fear. This is best expressed by the popular catch phrase that became the motto of our times: “better safe than sorry”. For the rational person this formula simply means that one should take precautions in order to avoid clear and present dangers. However in the modern society of unreason this expression became an equivalent of faceless, unsubstantial fear. Such a fear could be alleviated only by omniscient omnipotential and omnipresent entity which previously was known as god and now as all-protective semi-totalitarian government. From the days of Hobbs and Machiavelli the power lust autocrats knew only too well that the best way to keep the populace at bay is to install the baseless fear in their minds. After this simple transplant procedure the government can do whatever it pleases with the people in order to protect them from GM products, passive smoking, cell phone radiation, global warming and the conquest of the West by Sharia Law. 177 pages of the report “Sharia’s threat to America” are devoted to this single goal- to scare people half-dead, to make them to believe that they may find themselves under heavy boot of Sharia law faster than one can say shahada, that tomorrow all the people in the West will wake up in the “brave new world “ ruled by Islam. And why should we believe it? Because Omar Ahmad, founder of CAIR had stated in 1998 that:

“If you choose to live here [in America]… you have a responsibility to deliver the message of Islam. Islam isn't in America to be equal to any other faith, but to become dominant. The Quran should be the highest authority in America, and Islam the only accepted religion on earth.”
While a fictional interpretation of Islam is used to filter the reality of the Muslim world and its undercurrents, the West and America in particular will be compromised and ultimately overthrown…”

Observe that he never mentioned by what means less than 1% of American Muslim population can overthrow the mightiest State in the world. A rational person would regard such a statement as silly wishful thinking, another story taken from the “Thousand and one night” book. However, reason became very scarce commodity in the West.

Chapter 8 of the report states:
The growth of Muslim populations in the West augurs the inexorable spread of shariah into Western societies — less by violence than by dint of natural procreation, unchecked immigration, and the incessant demands of an aggressive minority that refuses to assimilate. Logic should tell us, then, that the growth of shariah in the West threatens Western-style liberty: threatens freedom of expression, freedom of conscience and upends religious and sexual equality. [p.130]

“In fact, by manipulating perceptions at the national strategic level about the nature of shariah, the enemy can actually exercise profound influence over the nature and adequacy of the defense mounted. That is most especially true of actions needed to contend with the Muslim Brotherhood’s stealth jihad – even though we know its avowed purpose is aimed at “eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands.” {p.133}

In other words-be scared, be very scared! Fear paralyzes mind. Nobody asks or answers the question how the tiny minority of Muslims could ever overtake Western democracy? How they "exercise profound influence over the nature and adequacy of the defense mounted."? By what means? The similarity of this report with the “Protocols of Zion's Elders” is overwhelming. Their common denominator is a paranoid fear of conspiracy. And, as in the case of “Jewish conspiracy” the populace demand actions. They demand to ban and to banish, to restrict and to deport, to close Muslim institutions and in general to treat all Muslims as like as they forfeited all their rights. (See various posts on SOLO). The statist government would be only too happy to show compliance.
The words of Thomas Jefferson “…that our civil rights have no dependence on our religious opinions any more than our opinions in physics or geometry, that therefore the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence, by laying upon him an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages, to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right…” mean nothing to them. If global warming doesn’t provide sufficient excuse to eliminate the last remnants of Western liberties, then Sharia “ threat” definitely does. Sharia indeed may overtake the West, but only by default, that is-if the West driven by irrational fear will forfeit its freedom.

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Leonid's picture

"It seems to me that you are the one full of fear."

I only fear people like you who believe that ends justify any means. As Ayn Rand observed "The end does not justify the means. No one’s rights can be secured by the violation of the rights of others."

“The Cashing-In: The Student ‘Rebellion,’”
Capitalism: The Unknown Ideal, 256.

Poor analogy

gregster's picture

"So far Environmentalists created much more harm than Islam, but I don't remember that you or any other militant Soloist of your ilk called to ban their institutions or to abrogate their rights."

The green plague differs from the black plague not least that it is transparent what the methods and aims are. The greens cause disruption now and then but the only things they strap on are bicycle clips and an occasional power station. The economic damage wrought by green plague policies is certainly substantial but again it compares with every other economic abomination. Grain Keynesians practically run the show. And of course the wheels are coming off. The black plague of Islamofascists are breeding and numbers are increasing with the aim to eventually dominate. I see it in France and London clearly. The infected individuals are not so transparent but purposefully duplicitous. This will fool the likes of Leonid who wish to protect the rights of tyrants until waking up some day and seeing freedom extinguished by the blight. These anti-human Islamo-locusts asked for it and they should get a measured response. I'm strongly to the side of minimizing the existent and growing threat. A mosque is an enemy base. Don't bother wasting bombs on it. Follow the money and arrest/deport the terror group funders.

Propagation of Islam in the

Richard Wiig's picture

Propagation of Islam in the West even according to the report is a result of non-violent stealth Jihad.

Yes, but as also is abundantly clear, it is not because the stealth jihadists are against violence, it is merely because they do not yet consider it tactically prudent to do so. As soon as they considered themselves strong enough, they would put the boot in. They are all for violence when the time is right, in the meantime morally and financially supporting their violent co-religionists, such as Hezbollah and Hamas, who they work in conjunction with, while working to keep that fact hidden from Americans. They are in fact traitorous. You should be thankful that investigators have uncovered this, but you are not. It seems to me that you are the one full of fear.

If movement initiates the use

Leonid's picture

If movement initiates the use of force it should be answered with force. If it causes harm by spreading wrong ideas it should be answered by right ideas. Propagation of Islam in the West even according to the report is a result of non-violent stealth Jihad. It only could be opposed by application of mind, not coercion. But fear, as Frank Herbert observed is a mind killer. People who are driven by irrational fear can respond only in two ways: or they resort to the state coercion as you do, or they yield under pressure of fear promoted by scaremongers or PC multiculturism, on which Islam hardly could be blamed. Islam doesn’t represent a threat to the Western ways of life, not today, nor in the predictable future. So far Environmentalists created much more harm than Islam, but I don't remember that you or any other militant Soloist of your ilk called to ban their institutions or to abrogate their rights. Your attitude toward Islam is based of the paranoid premise “better safe than sorry” which already dominates many demented Westerners, you included, who cry for the state’s coercion every time Muslims erect a mosque, a club or a swimming pool. Such a people are the breeding ground for any aspiring tyrant. They are usually also completely closed to the reason.

How many people do you know

Richard Wiig's picture

How many people do you know who say yes? I certainly don't, and I very much doubt the authors of this report do either. Whether sharia dominates or not is entirely irrelevant. There was no chance of Hitler ruling the world, nor is there any chance of Nth Korea dominating the world or ruling the US, nor is there any chance that Environmentalists or animal rightits will ultimately prevail. But so what? How does that mean that any of those movements are not a concern? It doesn't. And even though none of them can ever ultimately dominate, they can all do immense harm. All you're doing is enabling one particular one, for some strange and demented reason.


Leonid's picture

Scare means fear. To be scare is to be afraid . That much English I do know. The question is not what Islam is, but whether or not Islam can dominate West. Whoever answers such a question with "yes" is acting on a baseless fear. The people who wrote this report are driven by irrational imaginary fear of Islamic domination. Their safety concerns are of the same nature. Nobody can denounce paranoid conspiracy theory, one can only treat it. Sorry, not my field of expertise.

In other words-be scared, be

Richard Wiig's picture

In other words-be scared, be very scared!

It's funny. I haven't finished reading the report yet, I'm about 2/3's of the way through, but nowhere have I picked up on the message "be scared, be very scared". The message is, if anything, be aware. Something that every rational person should be. The people writing the report are certainly very aware, and they are hardly cowering in fear. In fact, many on the front line of raising awareness in peoples minds about the nature of Islam have to live under the constant threat of being murdered, and need constant body guards. They are courageous enough to put themselves up there anyway. Does that sound like people controlled by fear? And that they are under constant threat of being murdered, doesn't that show that there is something to what they say? Not according to Leonid. According to Leonid, they are simply acting on a baseless fear. I notice you haven't disputed what they reveal in that report, Leonid. You simply denounce it as scaremongering.

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