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Hanne Nabintu Herland: The Arab Winter

Throughout history, democratic leaders have occasionally shown an extraordinary talent in destabilizing the world. This was the case in Germany leading up to World War II. It also seems to apply to the current Arab spring, or maybe rather the Arab winter. The Western attempt to portray the Arab uprising as a mere question of “ ’all Muslim peoples’ yearning ... Read More »

On conservatism, liberalism and opposition to the custodial state

One can argue that in Europe we have succeeded to some degree in erasing the historical class differences that characterized pre-industrial eras, thereby providing citizens with equal political and social rights. We also performed a process of institutionalization characterized by a strong state and continual political, economic and social reforms for the betterment of society. Market capitalism´s basic belief in ... Read More »

Hanne Nabintu Herland: Religious faith on the march

Islam represents 1.3 billion believers and Christianity 2.3 billion. This constitutes substantial statistical proof for the fact that also modern man has a basic need to believe in God.  This must be a thought-provoking setback for the few atheists that actually exist in the world. An overwhelming international trend destroys the myth that there is a conflict between rationalism and ... Read More »

Hanne Nabintu Herland: On the fear of Western democracies turning totalitarian

The rise of totalitarianism in democratic states has worried Europe’s intellectuals for some time. The original fervent faith in the ability of modernity to overcome evil was significantly setback and reduced in the aftermath of the Second World War. (Photo: NRK) Left thinkers such as Herbert Marcuse, Theodor W. Adorno, Max Horkheimer and Michel Foucault all attempted to use critical ... Read More »

Hanne Nabintu Herland: The flaws of European Hedonism

One of France’s leading philosophers, anti-marxist  Andre Glucksmann, characterizes the current conflict of values in Europe as a struggle between nihilism and conservatism. Nihilism advocates a moral without limits, where any and all actions are permissible. Evil does not exist. The shame of conscience is perceived as a socially constructed effect of traditional dogmas, to which the preferable response is ... Read More »