A Cold War Against Islamofascism? No, Said Tony Judt

Source: “The Memory Chalet” by Tony Judt, 2010, the English historian who died in that same year of ALS, in his chapter about the “Captive Mind” by Czesław Miłosz.

Today, we can still hear sputtering echoes of the attempt to reignite the cold war around a crusade against “Islamo-fascism.” But the true mental captivity of our time lies elsewhere. Our contemporary faith in “the market” rigorously tracks its radical nineteenth-century doppelgaenger – the unquestioning belief in necessity, progress, and History. Just as the hapless British Labour chancellor in 1929–1931, Philip Snowden, threw up his hands in the face of the Depression and declared that there was no point opposing the ineluctable laws of capitalism, so Europe’s leaders today scuttle into budgetary austerity to appease “the markets.”

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One response to “A Cold War Against Islamofascism? No, Said Tony Judt

  1. “the hapless British Labour chancellor in 1929–1931, Philip Snowden” . . . Hmmm, the name rings a bell, . . .