So often in history, it is ideas that kill…
How did the Islamic State arise? What are the ideas that define it? How does this movement of apocalyptic violence justify its actions?
The Mind of the Islamic State offers a condensed and gripping history of political jihadism – from its birth in the 1960s prison writings of Sayyid Qutb all the way to IS’s glossy magazine of horror, Dabiq. Along the way Robert Manne considers such terrifying texts as The Management of Savagery and such diabolical figures as al-Zarqawi, who devised the strategy of pitting Sunni against Shia in Iraq, thereby helping to pull the country apart.
Manne traces the way ideas and events have intersected to produce the Islamic State, and shows that both left and right in the West have failed to understand what we are dealing with.
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Today’s young Australians are becoming the first generation since the Great Depression to be worse off than their parents. And so, just as we have seen the gap between rich and poor widen over recent decades, we’re beginning to see young and old pull apart in ways that will wear at our common bonds.
What is econobabble? We hear it every day, when public figures and commentators use incomprehensible economic jargon to dress up their self-interest as the national interest, to make the absurd seem inevitable or the inequitable seem fair. This book is designed to expose the stupid arguments, bizarre contradictions and complete lack of evidence upon which much ‘common sense’ about the economy rests in Australia.
In modern Australia, productivity is all that matters, our leaders tell us. Economic growth above all else. But is this really what we, the people, want? Does it make our lives and our communities better?
Is Australia fair enough? And why does inequality matter anyway?
A new perspective on a diabolical problem.
A blueprint for the nation after the boom.