2015 November 24 Tuesday
Rojava Syria: Kurdish Region Most Secularly Radical In Middle East
Abdullah Ocalan's conversion to the beliefs of Vermont philosopher Murray Bookchin has resulted in the most peculiar political movement in the Middle East. The Rojava region in north east Syria grants women a level of political power that is amazing by Middle Eastern or even European standards.
A secular political philosophy can be nutty and still be a large improvement over what normally passes for the basis of government in the Middle East (clan loyalties and Islam). So Rojava is actually a light in the political darkness in its part of the world. I hope it survives and flourishes.
By Randall Parker at 2015 November 24 10:42 PM
We should start calling the left collaborators with ISIS.
Indeed. A world with too many meetings is a definite improvement over stonings.
Well this trends are not new Randall. You see, the most googled name in Iran is "Richard Dawkins", and this is just to mention one example. I don't think we'll even have to wait for one generation to see some major changes. They're very near and very fast. Soon the definition between liberal and conservative are going to become pretty blurry, if they are not already.
And let's not forget the secular people in Turkey: although the religious Turks have higher birth rate, the higher cognitive status of the secular Turks still allows them to attend better universities all over the world, and many of them return back to Turkey to make a positive contribution. 85 % of the Turkish DNA is very international, very much like the US. Turkey is also industrializing very fast, and since discrimination against secular people is rare in business, this might be a positive factor.
I also hope this Rojava revolution flourishes, but I have to say that the right to religious expression that is safeguarded in their constitution extends and includes to the right to atheist/agnostic expression and freedom. If they cannot guarantee the same freedom for non-religious people then fuck 'em, 'cause eventually they'll prove to be just another bunch of religious extremists.