Why has the market for ideas not crushed militant Islamism in countries like Australia?
Rather that respond with an equally snarky answer, I thought I’d sub-contract out the work:
On Facebook, Clinton Mead – LDP mayor of Campbelltown:
The nutter muslim:muslim ratio in Australia is probably one of the lowest in the world, so the market for ideas is actually working pretty well considering.
Janet Albrechtsen – from October this year:
Our ideas are better than yours. We believe in a society based on respect, dignity, equality, the rule of law, freedom of association (so even men like you can meet and plan a caliphate), freedom of religion (so even men like you can use religion as a reason for revolution), free speech (so men like you can try to spread your hate-filled ideology).
However, the moment you incite violence, you commit a crime against the very fabric of our society. Short of that, we will meet and defeat your words and ideas with ours.
On reflection, there’s little point trying to win over, or even explain, our values to these extremists. Their minds are closed, lost to dark dreams of an Islamic caliphate where men rule and sharia law triumphs over human rights.
So this letter is for the rest of us. A reminder of the inherent virtues of our society, where free speech and other human rights allow even abhorrent ideas to be aired. A reminder, too, that we need to defend these values with vigilance. We could shut down extremists. But that’s too easy. That’s what an Islamic caliphate would do. In any case, shutting down words won’t work. It will only drive people underground, allow them to make martyrs of themselves, attracting more attention from the misguided and the aggrieved.
That Daniel is why you are on the wrong side of history – freedom will triumph over oppression because we have the better ideas and offer everyone a better future.
If anyone is looking for some light reading over the summer, let me recommend this.