Attention-grabbing, enlightening, and epic in scope, Black Mass appears on the ancient and glossy faces of Utopian ideology: Society’s Holy Grail, yet at what price?
During the final century international politics used to be formed by means of Utopian tasks. Pursuing a dream of an international with out evil, robust states waged warfare and practised terror on an exceptional scale. From Germany to Russia to China to Afghanistan, complete societies have been destroyed.
Utopian ideologies rejected conventional faiths and claimed to be established in technological know-how. They have been truly secular types of the parable of Apocalypse–the trust in a world-changing occasion that brings historical past, with all its conflicts, to an finish. The warfare in Iraq used to be the final of those makes an attempt at making a secular Utopia, promising a brand new period of democracy and generating blood-soaked anarchy and an rising theocracy instead.
John Gray’s robust and scary new publication argues that the dying of Utopia doesn't suggest peace. in its place it portends the resurgence of historic myths, now in brazenly fundamentalist kinds. Obscurely combined with geo-political struggles for the keep an eye on of ordinary assets, apocalyptic faith has lower back as a huge strength in international conflict.
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