Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Opposite Shore and the end of histortion

[Columbia University Professor Mark Lilla concedes in "The politics of God", a despairing vision of the political future published in the August 19 New York Times Magazine. [1] It is one of those important statements, like the "end of history", that will repeat on us indefinitely...By Spengler Asia Times Online Aug 21, 2007 2:00 PM]
[On “The Politics of God” Part 1 “The Stillborn God: Religion, Politics and the Modern West,” by Professor Mark Lilla of Coilumbia University is to be published next month but the points he raises therein should have been in mainstream consciousness years ago. 8:07 PM]
[So long as a sizable population believes in the truth of a comprehensive political theology, its full reconciliation with modern liberal democracy cannot be expected...Political theology is highly adaptive and can present to even educated minds a more compelling vision of the future than the prospect of secular modernity. -- Professor Mark Lilla]
[There is a genuine gulf between the west and the emerging democracies over the meaning of democracy and our African leader might have been right in claiming that “here we do things differently.” But there are also leaders — and their number is growing — who cynically hide behind social and cultural factors to cherry-pick democracy, choosing only the bits that serve their purpose. Opinion - Looking beyond ballot-box democracy Hasan Suroor The Hindu Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007 11:43 AM]
All this is music to our ears at Savitri Era as our Political theology is bound to find more takers in the days to come. It is high time others see reason and close ranks. [TNM]

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