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André Glucksmann
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"Camp of the Saints" first published in 1974. There no no religious dimension in Raspail's book, but the theme of cultural transformation is similar.
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The cause of freedom is very noble.
However, as the author writes, the results of the recent Arab uprisings are inherently unpredictable.

What then should be the litmus test of a free and democratic society? I suggest the following:

1. Women are treated as equals.
2. Homosexuals are tolerated.
3. Antisemitism is shunned.

Where in the Middle East are these rights respected? I think we all know the answer.
once more, a great piece of thinking outside the box, thank you.
Andre should know that revolutions eliminate the opposition and generally start because the only food is cake!
And there's the rub!
A confluence of bad harvests and over population leads to more food demands and high unemployment and Maslow's needs. But the cause is over population. Nature solves that problem by death human nature solves it by deceptive motives but the end result is the same!
Leave it to the French to think of 1789, Kant, et alia. Mr. Glucksmann [is he a fortunate or lucky person, speaking onomastically?] doesnt ask the public why Jerusalem is airlifting anciently-settled Jewish families out of Tunisia? Why the great Jean Améry despaired of the 1968 French "rebellion" of immature, ignorant old adolescents, lost his hopes, and committed suicide over this very sort of issue. French, not Arab anti-Semitism. Hope springs eternal in eternally Stalinoidal breasts, whose hearts are of course on the left side, but more so...
Steven Wilchinski April 28, 2011 at 3:54 PM
I'm sorry Mr. Glucksmann. As much as I would like to embrace your heartfelt vision of enlightened Arab youth; only until we hear words of remorse and conciliation from those who have sought the destruction of others in the name of religious belief will we observe positive conditions and circumstances that have a chance to flourish.
Thanks for this. Reality is always a great deal more complex and uncertain in these matters than all want and most tolerate. The potential is great for good and ill (not either/or) and the question is how much of each for how long.
The effect of liberty to individuals is, that they may do what they please: we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations, which may soon be turned into complaints.