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On the endurance of Islamic ideology.

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in response to reader comment: Any report of the impending death of Islamism is greatly exagerated

Submitted by CheapSpeech (Canada), Jul 1, 2016 at 04:04

But I fear Rich Mc is very much on point when he observes that revolutionary communism had no track record of establishing viable, stable regimes and that this is not true of Islam - I think we can expect it to be considerably more durable than communism.

Intellectual impoverishment of belief systems may ultimately constrain their contagen. However, there are caveats:

1. Darwinian evolution does not preserve the "superior". The theory ostensibly contradicts religion, but it also underlines their evolutionary adaptations: eg. Social prohibitions on marriage on equal terms with outsiders. Emphasis on high reproduction. (The neglect of this last point is astounding. Clearly "belief in" evolution does not entail understanding it.)

2. The example of German Nihilism suggests it is easier to destroy traditions which restrain aggression than it is to build them. Instincts are often more robust then the sublimation thereof. The originalism/fundamentalism of ISIS is a case in point - it rejects pragmatic mores and constraints which take generations to evolve.

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