Wed Jan 2nd, 2013 at 05:02:05 PM EST
I come to EUROTRIB to glean current views on the future of democratic secularism. I read much here about trains, parties, wind power, political intrigue and such, but I don't recall much about the ascendancy of political Islam, and the future of laicite.
What gives? Is Charlie Hebdo all alone? Are the intellectuals blind to the grassroots of self-segregation?
My view is essentially that we progressives tend to be so polite that we're susceptible, like a drunk driver in a Mercedes in a bad part of town, to losing our life to those less polite.
Is liberalism too Pollyanna in the face of poverty-driven fanaticism? Will politicians and those who comment on their foibles once again miss the rise of rigid states like Nazi Germany and Russian Socialism? Are we fiddling, while the barbarians of religion storm the gates?