The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions


A thought-provoking mirrored image on why secular nationwide liberation activities are so usually challenged by means of militant spiritual revivals

a number of the profitable campaigns for nationwide liberation within the years following global struggle II have been at the start in keeping with democratic and secular beliefs. as soon as verified, even if, the newly self reliant international locations needed to take care of fullyyt unforeseen non secular fierceness. Michael Walzer, one among America’s most appropriate political thinkers, examines this confusing development by means of learning India, Israel, and Algeria, 3 international locations whose founding ideas and associations were sharply attacked via 3 different teams of spiritual revivalists: Hindu militants, ultra-Orthodox Jews and messianic Zionists, and Islamic radicals. In his provocative, well-reasoned dialogue, Walzer asks, Why have those secular democratic events been not able to breed their political tradition past one or generations? In a postscript, he compares the problems of up to date secularism to the winning institution of secular politics within the early American republic—thereby making a controversy for American exceptionalism yet gravely noting that we should be much less unprecedented today.

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