By Bhikhu Parekh
Identification , tradition and discussion pursues some of the vital concerns raised within the author's Rethinking Multiculturalism focusing specifically on their outcomes for international politics. In it Bhikhu Parekh develops a thought of id that mixes recognize for variety with a dedication to redistributive justice and rationality and applies this thought to a number key present debates on nationwide identification, nationalism, fundamentalism and terrorism taking off the case for discussion, worldwide citizenship, and a number of ethics in the framework of a shared worldwide morality.
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Her conception of totalitarianism is founded on the theory of a mass society in which traditional ties and intermediate organizations and loyalties have been destroyed by the devastating effects of war. In these conditions, Arendt posits, the isolated individual is vulnerable to being mobilized to a new loyalty, a bond of total loyalty and subservience to a charismatic leader, such as Hitler, who by manipulating the masses can construct a system of centralized control which rules and subdues its opponents by means of state terror on a massive scale.
It provided them with more recruits, more donations from wealthy Muslims, and a tempting array of military and civilian targets from coalition countries just across the borders of states where they have many militants and sympathizers. When Iraq was invaded in March 2003 it was a hostile area for Al Qaeda. Saddam Hussein was ideologically and politically the kind of leader that bin Laden and his followers loved to hate. Now, Iraq has become a major base for Al Qaeda and it is clear from the propaganda messages of bin Laden and his deputy, Zawahiri, that Al Qaeda is making a major effort to derail the fragile new Iraqi government and to establish a base in Iraq from which to launch terrorist attacks on neighbouring regimes, for example, in Jordan and Saudi Arabia, which they allege are ‘Apostate’ regimes because of their cooperation with the West and refusal to follow the ‘true Islam’ as proclaimed by bin Laden and his followers.
This is all too evident in the case of the Mugabe regime in Zimbabwe, where the expropriation of the lands of the white farmers has virtually destroyed the rural economy. Ironically it was Amin’s unbelievable incompetence in managing the Ugandan economy that was his undoing. In order to court popularity with Ugandans he decided to nationalize all the major foreign-owned businesses in the country. This had the effect of scaring away foreign investment, causing a serious drop in productivity, increasing inﬂation, and providing Amin and his henchmen with an ideal opportunity for increased personal enrichment through corruption and embezzlement.
A New Politics of Identity: Political Principles for an Interdependent World by Bhikhu Parekh