Carrol Quigley and the Conflict Within Western Civilization
Economic instability is growing within the West, and the reason for this instability might be part of a greater scenario than many are unwilling to acknowledge - or are even aware. In fact, a general observation justifies the claim that the entire socioeconomic and political-economic foundation of contemporary Western civilization is in crisis. Or, as Carrol Quigley might say, Western Civilization is in a ‘stage of conflict’.
Empire loyalists - The October 19 2015 election outcome in Canada
* This article is part of a new series at WesternCrisis.com examining significant issues of concern within particular Western nation states. *
This article will discuss Canadians and how the apparent naive sense of 'change' evident among the general Canadian electorate during the 2015 federal election is a social attribute associated with Canadian culture. Whereas the common description of a Canadian will be 'polite', 'nice', and so on, these are vague social descriptions. Significantly, why do Canadians behave this way, where does this behaviour originate, and why does this matter in the political context? In comparison on a global scale (that is, with humans from other societies on Earth) Canadians are timid, risk-averse, and apathetic. Forgive me if you're Canadian and take offence to this comment - apparently even I cannot escape the 'Canadianization' of my psyche. My intent here is not to insult Canadian culture. Instead, I am merely describing what is a fascinating aspect of Canada and Canadians which is often overlooked. Admittedly, it took me 2 years of living and studying public administration and public policy in Australia in order to acquire a mind distant enough from 'Canada' to be able to understand Canadian culture. While my conclusion will not be accepted by some, this is not sufficient enough to argue that my observations are inaccurate. This observation, made apparent while living overseas, becomes quite evident when one examines the election outcome of 2015. My observation is this: Canadian culture is a unique by product of American flamboyance, where Americans are keen to take risks, Canadians proceed with caution. When Americans elected Barack Obama on the basis of political 'change', Canadians elected Justin Trudeau out of caution, safety, namely brand recognition.
The global village and the migrant crisis affecting Europe
Humanity now lives in a global village. The idea of a 'global village' was defined by the Canadian philosopher Marshal McLuhan in the 1960s. McLuhan was ahead of his time in claiming that information technology (IT) was breaking through the geographical barriers which separated humanity throughout our history. With the creation of technology capable of digitally moving information throughout the world, it became possible for individuals on either side of an ocean to communicate and share ideas almost instantaneously. McLuhan's claim is significant since he saw how IT would became a major influence on human societies long before the Internet become accessible in nearly every home in the Western world. Moreover, McLuhan's work also foreshadowed how technology would bring humanity into a single unified community, a 'global village', quite similar to the world we live within in the twenty-first century.
A discussion on the conflict between the Islamist political ideology (Islamism) and Western Civilization
The following is a revised excerpt from my Master’s dissertation from 2015, entitled, ‘Terrorism or treason? A comparative case analysis of the Canadian and Australian response to the Islamist ideology’.
The distinction between Islamism as a political totalitarian ideology, and the Religion of Islam, is essential for understanding the West’s contemporary confrontation with Islamist terrorist groups. The significance of this distinction is supported by Ismail (2004) who describes that a ‘Muslim’ – one who adheres to the Religion of Islam – cannot be defined or boxed into a specific identity. Ismail (2004) distinguishes between political ‘Islamism’ and religious ‘Islam’ and argues that there are a multitude of Muslim political and religious ‘identities’ (p. 631). Recognizing the diversity of Muslims worldwide, ‘Islamism’ can refer to any number of political systems in predominantly Muslims nations such as, but not limited to, Indonesia (Merlyna 2011), Pakistan (Marsden 2008 & Vali 2004), and Turkey (Toprak 2005, Tugal 2002). However, taken more broadly, ‘Islamism’ and the Islamist political ideology can also refer to a totalitarian ideology in the same way as fascism and communism. According to Crowder et al. (2014), “The least contentious definition of Islamism is that of a ‘contemporary movement that conceives Islam as a political ideology’ – and thus the people who subscribe to this ideology are ‘Islamists’” (p. 120). Whereas Crowder et al. (2014) trace the roots of contemporary Islamists to events in the 1970s such as the oil crisis and the Iranian Revolution (p. 120), Tibi (2009) supports this by describing how the roots of contemporary Islamism begin with the Six Day War in 1967 (p. 136). Moreover, Tibi (2009) also recognizes the diversity within Islamism by defining it as a “general movement” where, “… Islamists are not always in agreement among themselves” (p. 137). According to Tibi (2009), “Islamism is a general movement that is characterised both by unity and by diversity. All varieties of this Islamist movement pursue the same religionised political agenda for establishing al-nizam all Islami, i.e. a shari’a-based Islamic order” (p. 120). Moreover, Tibi (2009) describes the underlying premise of Islamism whereby, “All Islamists also share the same worldview of a belief in the siyadat al-Islam (supremacy of Islam), based on a universal rabbaniyya (theocentrism) that has been politicised to the point where it has become a religionised modern internationalism” (p. 137). In other words, the objective of contemporary Islamists, in a general sense, is the establishment of their worldview for global world order.
What is the West?
The West is an idea...
By: Matthew S Cwihun
The term 'the west' is used in many different contexts. For some, 'the west' is a place, or a collection of different places. For others, 'the west' is an idea, or rather more accurately: an ideology. Since the purpose of WeternCrisis.com is to report on the 'the west' amidst 'the clash of civilizations', it is important to analyze the concept of 'the west' in order to arrive at a basic understanding of how the term is applied within the context of this website. Although it may take a multi-volume book series to accurately analyze 'the west', the purpose of this essay is to provide a general outline of the concept of 'the west' thereby providing you with the criteria required to understand how 'the west' is applied throughout the writings of westerncrisis.com. Therefore, this essay will briefly discuss 'the west' in its various forms while arguing that the west is both a place and an ideology. Or more appropriately: the west refers to those geopolitical places, those societies, which share a common foundation on the 'western idea'.