Progressives can see the things they look askance at- the romanticization of violence, the prominent place of consumer goods- but somehow are blind to things they like, such as multi-racialism and leftist revolutionary ideology.
This girl isn’t really Islamic- if she was she would be doing the Moslem equivalent of baking cookies instead of bloviating pseudo-intellectually on WordPress- but for someone who even strongly identifies with Islam it is surprising how Western her thinking is.
First, none of this attraction to ISIS is at all surprising, it’s just Bin Laden’s strong horse. People love a winner, to paraphrase George Patton, and will not tolerate a loser. So of course Moslems in the West will like ISIS, even if they are not very observant.
I don’t know if this has a basis in biology, but parasitic systems have a symbiotic relationship with each other. Islam is a parasitic system of a simple sort, a horse-mounted raider society. Communism is also simple, a slave-revolt society. Progressive capitalism is parasitic in a more complicated way, because while it makes stuff, it insists on cheap resources. Progressive capitalism was parasitic on slavery, then land appropriation, then cheap labor from displaced peasants and freed slaves, then cheap oil, then cheap labor from immigrants who were frequently displaced peasants.
I have written how capitalism used communism to destroy societies to free up resources. In “Animal Farm” Orwell described the communists collaborating with the capitalists, but successful communist revolution requires a lot of capitalist financial and logistical support. ISIS is an indigenous movement with strategic outside support, like a communist revolution, but it’s a little more complicated.
ISIS is just Saudi Arabia, the Gulf states, Israel, and the US against Syria and to a lesser extent Iran and Russia. Iran is to be contained, not destroyed. Propaganda excites young people and gets them to go fight- which is to say get killed and maimed, many of them.
World War II was supported by the best propaganda Hollywood and the New York media could put out. Even today we see lots of pictures of handsome young men in dashing uniforms, posing with cool-looking hardware, but especially with airplanes with naked ladies painted on them. We have heard a lot about the carnage experienced by Marines in WWII, but the casualty rate of bomber crews was actually worse, and the Merchant Marines suffered worse still. “Catch-22” is about a terrified bomber crewman trying to get out of flying more missions. Joseph Heller flew sixty missions and statistically should have been dead several times over. (For a Jew, Heller showed very little enthusiasm for fighting Hitler, but that doesn’t mean you gentiles should have any reservations! Go get ’em!)
ISIS isn’t the rebirth of the Caliphate, because while Moslems conquered very quickly, it was still a matter of decades. They took something over, established a regime where they could extract resources, then attacked more territory. ISIS can sell oil, but they don’t have the easy pickings that the original Moslems had.
The most leftist thing maybe that the girl takes is the idea of demographic revolution. We hear a lot that all the old evil Republicans are dying off, to be replaced by a rainbow coalition of progressive young people. Nationalists warn against the Islamicization of Europe, progressives dismiss the idea, but the girl regards it as inevitable, one of jihad’s greatest weapons.
But parasitism has to be balanced. The parasite can’t kill the host. That’s what communism did. Capitalism manages streams of resources and when one peters out, it has others. Cheap oil is the one it may not be able to replace, and cheap money always blows up eventually, but it has lasted a long time.
Islam as a whole was very successful because after peaking in territory, the Middle East controlled trade between Europe and Asia, so it could impose a tax on both. After Vasco de Gama rounded the Cape of Good Hope and established ocean trade, it was seriously weakened. They have oil now, but that doesn’t really support their population.
Moslems invading Europe now are just showing up for the free stuff. But there is free stuff and nice places to live only because there are sufficient white people. Once the white proportion drops below maybe 80%, things seriously deteriorate. As it is Moslems in Europe mostly live in slums with other Moslems, and while they don’t have to work, the existence is miserable.
Blacks took over Detroit, and destroyed it. Life in Detroit is only above the Mad Max level because white resources from the rest of the country keep it going. If blacks or Moslems take over an entire country, it is just destroyed and they are worse off than if they had stayed home.
The girl mirrors Anonymous Conservative in describing Moslems as a weaponized population. But they are just scavengers, taking free stuff where the natives are too weak to resist. If they kill off all the natives, there is nothing more to take.
But as lily-livered as progressive capitalism seems to be, it does set boundaries, and limits, as a kindergarten teacher would say. ISIS isn’t coming into Europe, or Turkey. Welfare recipients are enthusiastically welcome, they can even pretend to be jihadists at protests in the park, but actual jihadists are not. Raping poor white girls is fine, challenging the system and taking anything over are not. They are certainly not going into Israel, a place about which they are strangely silent.
But the kids will have fun, buy cool stuff, and have their self-esteem raised. Revolution has been the hottest-selling consumer product of the last century. I wouldn’t be surprised if there was some Jerry Heller behind all this, laughing all the way to the bank……..