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April 8, 2008

Not Left, Thus Evil...

Topics: Political News and commentaries

David Thompson has a worthy read on the tendency of lefties to denounce anything they don't like as "rightwing," in which he refers to Peter Tatchell's detailing of Ken Livingstone's (London's leftist mayor) habitual smear tactics (Tatchell recalls the leftist mayor's public endorsement of Yusuf al-Qaradawi - one of the "Godfathers" of Islamic Fundamentalism):

"What catches the eye is Tatchell's description of Qaradawi as 'right-wing'. Is this bearded little sadist also in favour of free markets, a small state, low taxation and individual freedom? If so, this is news. It seems to me Qaradawi is in fact a totalitarian collectivist par excellence - a man who, like his stated inspiration, Syed Abul A'ala Mawdudi, dreams of a world in which a person's most intimate affairs are governed by the state, in this case an Islamic one. Mawdudi's Islamic Law & Constitution, published in 1960, includes dozens of passages like the following: 'An Islamic state is all embracing... [it] cannot restrict the scope of its activities... It seeks to mould every aspect of life... In such a state no-one can regard any field of his affairs as personal and private.'

...To describe Qaradawi, and Islamists generally, as 'right-wing' stretches that favoured pejorative to an absurd and perverse degree. Unless, of course, sacralised bigotry, dreams of world domination and absolute state control are now considered proprietary markers of anyone who isn't sufficiently leftwing."

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Related reading: Dennis Prager on how to understand the Left.

Posted by Richard at April 8, 2008 9:02 AM

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