A well know popular theory (faith?) says that history moves in a certain direction.
The theory says that everything gets better.
The theory says that nations and peoples all move towards democracy, equality and liberty and peace and so on and so on.
Some people say that democracy, freedom and equality is the best because it provides for recognition of the uniqueness of each, individual person.
Other people, naturally disagree.
When Germany was made to transition to a democracy (a real democracy), what occurred?
A struggle for power occurred, and the Nazis won.
When Iraq was made to transition to democracy (a real democracy), what occurred?
A struggle for power occurred, and ISIS won.
Isn’t that interesting?
How interesting would it be to do a compare and contrast analysis of the Nazis and ISIS?
Then, after that, complete a compare and contrast analysis between ISIS and the original companions, between the Corporal and the Prophet – wouldn’t that be interesting?
The Muslim success story.
Many governments can be criticised for courting dangerous nationalism these days, but few crush their citizens’ spirits like Turkey. The land of dazzling cultural conflicts, soul-stirring ballads and wonderful food has turned into the land of authoritarianism, hate-filled polarisation and burgeoning depression and suicide. The mood could darken further after a fateful referendum on presidential powers in April.
The Endarkenment proceeds.
After the horrific coup attempt in July 2016, a brief breeze of optimism blew through Turkey. Citizens across the ideological spectrum stood up against the putschists, and felt united in their devotion to parliamentary democracy. Intellectuals and the mass of the people agreed that Turkey did not want another military takeover, and that the plotters should be brought to justice.
When the Coup failed, a more rational response – if you were a progressive – would have been pessimism, because now the AKP has its golden moment, its “green restoration.”
The climate of unity did not last long. The ruling AKP party started a massive purge and they never stopped. Soon it became painfully obvious that unbridled government power under the state of emergency was being used to target every form of dissent. Civilians who had nothing to do with any violence were lumped together with plotting army officers. Many innocent citizens were detained, arrested and imprisoned. Nurses, teachers and officials have been sacked. Kemal Kılıçdarog˘lu, the head of the main opposition party, estimated that a million people were directly affected by the purge. The crackdown on journalists and scholars was especially severe.
This moment would have been foreseen years ago, by any clear sighted realist. The military saw this, but the fools – in Turkey and in the West – presumably did not.
Nearly 5,000 academics have been discharged from universities across Turkey in recent months. Their careers may never get back on track. In prisons and detention centres there are over 100 journalists. That makes Turkey the world’s leading jailer of journalists, surpassing even China.
They languish in jail without knowing what exactly they are accused of. Every writer now knows that a comment, article, or mere tweet could very easily get them into trouble. Words feel heavy. Speech, which was never fully free, is now dangerous. There is intimidation, paranoia, fear and thus self-censorship.
Whatever you want to say about the AKP, they know their business all right.
Against this background, on 16th April, Turks will head to the polls. If the “Yes” vote wins, Erdog˘an—who has been actively campaigning, even though the constitution obliges him to stay neutral—will be endowed with rights that even Atatürk, modern Turkey’s founder, never enjoyed. The AKP claims that the new system will bring stability. They insist that their “reforms” will unite the nation under an uncontested leader. Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım went as far as tweeting that under the new presidency, the nation would not waste time on such things as elections.
Hitler! Hitler! Hitler!
The AKP came to power in 2002 through parliamentary democracy, but—except for the first few years when they adopted a pro-European Union and pro-reform rhetoric—have shown no gratitude to that system since. Turkey’s establishment continues to confuse crude majoritarianism with real democracy. A pluralistic democracy requires more than free elections. The rule of law, free speech and scholarship are indispensable too. Without these checks and balances, the ballot box is not enough. Turkey is heading towards one-party government under one man.
What is a “real democracy”? Democracy simply means majority rule. Nothing more, nothing less. Notice the transition between “real” and “pluralistic democracy”. This is an Orwellianism.
What has scholarship got to do with democracy anyway?
What Prospect Magazine is complaining about is that the Turks don’t like the Modern Structure: power in the hands of the press and the public policy makers.
As for the “rule of law” Turkey will have Sharia law.
The “No” campaign cannot find a space to voice its views. Campaigners are attacked verbally, branded “terrorists” by AKP hardliners, and sometimes physically assaulted too. Erdog˘an announced that voting “No” means “siding with 15th July”—insinuating that his legitimate opponents are closet putschists. Every legal check on the president is held up as fuelling political chaos, and to blame for Turkey’s tanking economy. Tired and fearful after multiple terror attacks, many Turks may be drawn to the AKP’s demagoguery.
Real democracy, as defined by Moldbug, is a “civil war by other means”. The use of thugs and paramilitary forces in democracy has a long and sordid history – think of Milo’s thugs in Rome, or the IRA and SF in Northern Ireland.
What, however, is the difference between democracy – REAL democracy – and “demagoguery”?
The Turkish restoration proves (again) that progress is a myth, it proves that there is a fundamental incompatibility between the West (in every and any form) and the Islamic world; it proves that the Islamic world is the ISLAMIC world, a people “convinced of the superiority of their culture, but obsessed with the inferiority of their power. ”
The new Sultan has made statements calling on Turkish Muslims to have “five babies” and that they are the “future”; he has claimed that no European will be “safe” in Europe. (They already aren’t.)
Turkey is now an enemy of the European Union. The AKP is an enemy of the progressives. Islam is violently hostile to the Modern Structure.
This need not be the case, if things were different in the West, with a different political structure and set of values; however, it would probably make no difference.
A violent clash between Turkey and Europe now seems highly likely in the future.
A Turkish alliance with Russia in a new European war is a realistic prospect.
Turkey, acting as the spear-point, of an Islamic Middle East assault on Europe is a realistic possibility.
In a little red book (not Mao’s little red book) there is a rule which says:
Crush your enemies totally.
Leave no ability for them to ever threaten or take revenge against you.
Turkey’s new sultan understand this.
Does the West?
Wait and see.
One of the most important things in life is the ability to switch frames, to switch perspectives.
All those “Muslim colonists”, those “invaders”, those Turks who think they will one day drive the “best cars” and live in the “best places.”
The West is sneaky and deceptive in its wars. For example, after the recent terror attack in London, the establishment talked about fears of a “backlash.” Of course, no Muslims will be targeted – no Muslims in England anyway.
Muslims in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen, meanwhile, will face a backlash called “drone warfare.”
Look at this way.
9/11 happened then USG and its allies proceeded to fuck up Muslim country after Muslim country. It has been building itself up, perfecting its technology and practising its skills in war, all the while it has allowed the slow build up of rage and frustration of millions of its citizens, and the consternation of its police and army.
Turkey’s actions will only provide the EU with more reason to build itself up, including the building of a military.
For ordinary citizens – the EU’s serfs – this means less freedom, more taxes, and more risk of violence.
Muslims are filled with pride, but burn with resentment; Muslims are boastful, but are continuously beaten down. The Progressives, meanwhile, act like cowards and imbeciles – but don’t be fooled by their feminine ways, because they will strike -with rage and decision on the one hand, and sorrow and disappointment on the other.
The Muslims have no idea what they are up against.
Welcome to the Endarkenment.