Aug 29, 2007
Show 105 Dennis Prager and Michael Medved interview Lee Harris author The Suicide of Reason Radical Islams Threat to the West. From front book flap- Whether by choice or not, the West finds itself in a low-grade yet bitter war with Islamic fanaticism. It is a war the West is singularly ill-equipped to fight. The foe is resistant to any of the normal methods of resolution such as negotiation, economic sanctions, or conventional armed confrontation. To prevail, we must change our understanding of the conflict. The Suicide of Reason shows how modern liberal societies, whose political theories are born of the Enlightenment, are unfamiliar with the nature of mass fanaticism. The West, so accustomed to thinking of history as an inevitable progress toward enlightenment, can only think of fanaticism as a social pathology, a failure to modernize, rather than as what it is – a variety of social order that is not only fully viable in the modern world but that possesses weapons to which the West is uniquely vulnerable. A governing philosophy based on reason, tolerance, consensus and deliberation cannot defend itself against a strategy of ruthless violence without being radically transformed- or worse, destroyed.
Extraordinarily original and thought-provoking, The Suicide of Reason explains the logic of fanatical Islam, describes how the Enlightenment overcame fanatical thinking in the West, shows why most Western attempts to address the problem are doomed to fail and offers strategies by which liberal internationalism can defend itself without becoming a mirror of the tribal forces it is trying to defeat. 16.6MB 54 min long. Podcast rating 6 out of 10.Download all of Dennis Pragers shows free at: http://www.townhall.com/talkradio/Show.aspx?RadioShowID=3
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