The Marxist roots of Islamic extremism

Everything is permitted, because history says so. That is Marx's lesson.

The hunt for terrorist in Brussels.
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Anti-liberalism is having a moment. And it's happening at all points of the political spectrum.

Suicidal religious fanatics now strike regularly at the very foundations of free and open societies in Europe. Those attacks help to inspire anti-liberal forms of nationalistic populism in countries on both sides of the Atlantic (think Marine Le Pen in France, or Donald Trump in the U.S.). In response to the electoral power of the right and selective willingness of moderate politicians to compromise with it, an anti-liberal left (think the socialist Jacobin magazine) has risen from the dead to challenge the liberal order, using concepts and categories derived from the Marxist tradition of social theory.

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