Islamists Not Civilized Enough to Handle Liberal Democracy
Bill Quick

The Brotherhood Will Be Back – NYTimes.com

This is likely to provide little solace to those who see Islamists, whatever their democratic commitments, as an existential threat. If it is in fact a zero-sum battle, then the other option is to marginalize Islamist parties or eliminate them altogether, which the military-backed regime in Egypt is currently attempting. Such an effort, which many regime supporters see as a necessary evil, is not only bloody and destabilizing but also a fool’s errand. You can try to kill an organization, but killing an idea is a different matter entirely.

Really? How powerful are Nazi ideas in the world today?

Look. If your message here is that liberal western democracies are going to have to become more like illiberal Islamist tyrannies in order to be democratic, then what you are writing is a prescription for the suicide of liberal democracy.

Of course, there is a third way. It’s the republican model of democracy that animated the American Founders and Framers. Keep religion away from the levers of power possessed by the state, so that the religious cannot tyrannize others against their will.

If Islamists cannot accomodate a notion like this, then I’m perfectly okay with killing them when they try to seize power and institute religious tyrannies. And when I say kill them, that’s exactly what I mean, for as many as it takes to remove the threat of tyranny.

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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