[Marxism] "Political Islam" (was: Frei Betto: Encounters with Fidel

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Aug 18 12:55:44 MDT 2006


>Now, it is true that, because of the historic background of Islam, the 
>Qur'an says a lot more about the principles of government of actual 
>societies than the New Testament does, but I still think that through 
>history people have been able to adapt just about any religion to the 
>purpose of any side in any issue of the class struggle.  Ultimately all 
>their Christianity never seriously motivated Christian rules to outlaw 
>loaning money at interest, and they find ways to get around it in Islamic 
>societies as well.  Voices in the Wilderness (www.vitw.org), the Pro-Life 
>Action League, and Pope Benedict XVI, are, I suppose, all into "political 
>Catholicism"....
>
>Lou Paulsen

But there have been no Christian theocracies since the rise of bourgeois 
democracy, has there? So this is a moot point. In challenging imperialism, 
Islam serves as a rallying point for the masses. There is no question about 
that. But scientific socialism and political Islam are mutually exclusive. 
It is literally impossible to conceive of a socialist revolution being led 
by Islamic clerics, no matter how militant they are on the question of 
resisting foreign occupation, etc. Do I have to explain why? I hope not.

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