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Michael Valle

The Muddled Motivation Theory--The Left believes that behind all the dysfunction Islamists are, without knowing it, trying to express their need to be liberated from Empire and Capitalism. The Islamists' obsession with following Allah's Will masks their true motivations, which they don't fully understand. Since their REAL motivations are noble, we should support them, at least tentatively, until their realize their true motivations. This could be seen perhaps as an extension of #7.

Elrond Hubbard

The Romanticizing of Violence Theory---Historically the Left has romanticized violence, especially revolutionary violence. Muslims, like any other non- Western, non-capitalist group, are victims of oppression so their violence is excused or rationalized by the Left as a necessary part of their liberation struggle. Attacks such as 9/11 and Bali were "blowbacks" against the "empire". A semi-justifable response to captialism and imperialism, in words of Rev. Wright "America's chickens coming home to roost."

This could be considered an extension of #1 and #3.

John Pepple

Thanks for the excellent suggestions. The theories are multiplying like rabbits, and I'm finding it hard to keep up!

Michael Valle

Another one, ha ha!:

The Need-For-Authority Theory--Leftists realize that humans (including themselves) like firm expectations for their behavior and a sense that there are authorities in their lives, but they don't want to admit this since everything they preach is about doing away with all of these "olds." Islamism offers an energetic system of expectations and authority that calls to the inner needs of Leftists for these things that they have long since abandoned yet still desire.


I think it all boils down to the good old Realpolitik.

The enemy of your enemy is your friend.

Muslims are enemy of the western culture, which in turn is the enemy of the Leftists. It is therefore completely natural for the Leftists to ally themselves with Muslims.

Joseph Hertzlinger

I think of it as determinist solidarity. Both sides are composed of people who want to be the instrument of the inevitable victory.

John Pepple

Joseph Hertzlinger: Of course, we saw that in Iran in the 1970s. Leftists and Islamists banded together to evict the Shah. Once they achieved that, the Islamists elbowed the left aside (even butchered a bunch of them) and took over.

Herman Benschop

To be more precise: my point was that leftists THINK they are right about everything.

John Pepple

Yes, that was the way I understood you. Sorry if that didn't come through when I reported your theory.

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