The recent thread about totalitarianism reminded me of the thoughts made in this post. I made an oblique reference in the totalitarian thread to this same issue which nobody seems to have picked up on. I see serious totalitarianistic trends developing here with both sides of the political debate calling for government action to implement social control over what are ultimately petty and insignificant issues. Meanwhile there is a legitimate existential threat to our way of life that is essentially being ignored by most of the "leaders" on both sides. I am talking about the threat of Islam. Not "extremist" Islam, not "jihadist" Islam. Plain old Islam. We insist on interpreting their goals and actions using our own frame of references which means we are truly in the dark. We talk as though what they do is because of some action we are responsible for. The solution offered is that if we are just more sensitive to their concerns we could be peaceful neighbors with Islam. Nothing could be further from the truth. Throughout its entire history Islam has been at war with all of its neighbors. We teach our children that the crusades were horrible, misguided efforts to oppress the progressive, peaceful islamics. This is a lie, Europe during the crusades was under attack and losing badly. If our European ancestors had not turned back Islam, Europe would have become part of the Caliphate and the Renaissance and Age of Enlightenment would never have happened. We completely misinterpret what Jihad means. Jihad is not a reaction to insults or slights. It is the organized, methodical destabilizing of Islam's unbeliever neighbors with conquest and forced reversion to Islam as the sole goal. Every believer is required to either be actively engaged in Jihad (the armed struggle to subjugate non-believers) or to pay the Zakat (Jihad tax) to fund Jihad. All conquered people are required to pay the Dhimmi tax also used for Jihad or face being executed. This is not new. This is defined in the Reliance of the Traveler, the 14th century document that defines religious law for 90% of the Islamic world. We mistake the Zakat and Dhimmi for charity when it is nothing of the sort. These funds are used to fund madrassa schools where only the most fundamental form of Islam is taught and children are turned into warriors. This is the reality that we face. There is no way to make nice with Islam and keep our institutions of freedom and liberty. Either we submit to Islam (as in let them control us as slaves) or we fight them. The very word Islam means submission. You really should read Reliance of the Traveler to understand exactly what we face. It is freely available online. http://concit.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/reliance2_complete.pdf The reality is that Islam tells us what they want and what they are willing to do to accomplish it. We just refuse to believe them. I guess because we find their goals and methods repugnant and also because doing so would force us to realize we are actually threatened by them. Islam has always been an expansionist religion and force is the primary method of expansion used. The last few hundred years the forces of Islam have been so outclassed by western military power that they have been muted and inert. However this is no longer true. Western nations have turned pacifist and Progressive Liberals have embraced and taught a form of cultural self loathing that is suicidal in the face of any real external threat. Our technological edge is no longer as overwhelming as it has been and the Jihadist have learned how to use our own nature and institutions against us. I have a sense of foreboding about what this means for our future. I don't see any really desireable outcomes. Because we have foolishly let (helped) Islam invade our countries we either let them continue to expand here or force them out while we are still able to do so. They have much higher birth rates than we do so the longer we let this go on the more difficult and ugly expelling them is going to be. Expelling Islam will require us to abandon some of our most cherished traditions (freedom of speech and religion). Doing this will very likely require us to become much more totalitarian which could take generations to return from. The alternatives to that will be to either revert to Islam or become Islam's slaves. Nothing else will permit us to coexist with Islam.