by Bodwyn Wook
THE Protagonists on every hand in the science so-called vs religion debate seem to have “gone on the rag,” as we say here in American, but I suspect that all involved may benefit from at least trying from time-to-time to eschew the inadequacy of two-valued thinking. It IS difficult, of course, and I do not care to see dialogue buggered by hissy-fits in any case….
AS To the neo-conservatives referenced supra, they are in a peculiar position, indeed, trying to ‘act out’ a theory of history that, in any case is anachronistic; late-modern, or nation-state, power-politics mis-conducted (twice over!) in the early-postmodern period.
MEES, In his 1977 account of Meeting At Potsdam argues convincingly that the conference in effect was about ending the wartime-alliance. In nation-state relations, it was alliance and not rivalry that was the exceptional condition. Mees further shows that President Truman held a vested american interest in perpetuating an unresolved situation, whereas quondam PM Churchill was sotto voce trying to cook up whatever deals and ‘alliances’ he could, with Greek fascisti, the Roumanians & Buggers and such gentry….
MEES’ Point is that, on the way up, powers invest in chaos; and, on the way down, must bargain for stabilities.
THE Irony of neo-conservatives’ machinations is that they are dealing wholesale in chaotics as though they was Teddy Roosevelt and even had somewhere left to go in time. Whereas the Old Atlantic West now is contracting. This is objective, merely, resistance is vain if emotionally-understandable; and, once again, the doom in history reserved for stupidity (and the credentialled non-amateur ideologue in history, all swathed in tenure, theft & professionalist cowardice) is writ large.
FOR Americans, the immediate preceding example, the decline of Britain, had been totally misunderstood in most quarters — and, most notably to have been missed is that decline over the long-term can bring gains in prosperity to the society not formerly available to any but the haute bourgeoisie in the earlier imperial period.
WE Are all the more, therefore, in need of trying to take the long view:
ISLAM Now is very much on the threshold of its own ‘modern’ period; necessarily, it must compose its own modernist texts, therefore; and, this it will do in succeeding phases & for itself, as its historians assess the role of their fundamentalist & terroristic early-modern period.
NOW, What the target-societies undergoing decline will do in this present & in the very best-case scenario, and all on their own behalf, is to re-compose their own diplomacies toward alliances with the progressive element in Islam, most notably that represented not by discredited nationalists but, rather, the Ismaili Aga Khan ‘Sevener’ shia‘a & such factions….
I Perfectly anticipate that, of course, the human story is not over; and, that whole new ways of being for societies await expression in the world; and, as these simply can not be lived in the narrow and yet extravagent terms of our waning metaphor, for the consumption of goods & persons all as ‘objects’, these new possibilities will find their expression in periods successive to our own; whereas, that said, the all of it makes of me a Whig, indeed; and, whiggish most of all about the long-term outlook…the really long-term, I mean.
AMERICAN-Speaking North America will necessarily retreat to a line East of the Mississippi and North of the Ohio, with a Southwest-ward reach into the Carolinas, East of Appalachia and cut off from the coastal piedmont, by a pullulating Gullah voudon-culture….
SIMILARLY, In old Europe, Islam will rise to the Pyrenees and the alpine ranges, and to the South banks of the Danube. None of this assertion by me need be ‘defended’; nor, any more than the geography described, can it be — the matter is lucent, demographic, QED.
THE Great opportunity for our heirs & assigns is that once again, and within our proper linguistic & physical range, causcasionoid Euro-americanos may rediscover actual democratic processes & self-governance….
THIS All, of course, is very much a done deal; that is what I am saying; and, already, these matters in fact are a matter of experimental speculation, by certain inner circles among — the chinese Han. For if they are not, then, these Chinamen will do no better job for themselves in their looming round than ever did all the Portugees and random Dutchmen before them!
[Emmett R Smith all rights reserved 27 August 2007]