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Archive for May 9th, 2007

The Way of Sufi Chivarly

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 9, 2007

Abudul-Halim V, of the blog Planet Grenada, points us to a book that focuses on the spiritual aspects of futuwwah:

The Way of Sufi Chivalry by Ibn al-Husayn al-Sulami (translated by Tosun Bayrak al-Jerrahi). The Arabic term translated as “chivalry” is futuwwah. In Arabic, fata literally means a handsome, brave youth. But the book goes on to explain that based on its use in the Quran, the word came to mean “the ideal, noble and perfect man whose hospitality and generosity would extend until he had nothing left for himself; a man who would give all, including his life, for the sake of his friends.” (the term is used to describe Abraham in the Quran [21:60] when he destroys the idols of his people.)

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Capitalism and Freedom

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 9, 2007

Jo Swift blogs about capitalism and freedom:

Capitalism is NOT about “freedom and democracy”, as the Establishment economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Freidman had championed in his book of the specific title Freedom and Democracy.

Capitalism is a political economic system which seeks to facilitate the materialistic ambitions and insatiable pursuit of commercial profit by “owners of capital”. Capitalism is not about affirming rights of ‘people’ in a democracy.

In sharp contrast, capitalism destroys the rights of people by sacrificing those rights to the pursuit of materialistic ambitions and insatiable pursuit of commercial profit by the “owners of capital”.

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Virginia Tech and Immigration

Posted by Jack Stephens on May 9, 2007

Jen and James muse together about Pat Buchannan’s comments on Cho’s immigration status and it’s connection to the Virginia Tech massacure in the blog Reappropriate:

One need not praise the immigrant experience to find fault with Buchannan’s reasoning. His conception of pre-1960’s America as a utopian cultural community where people looked out for one another is not only flawed, it’s racist. The destruction of this utopia (in Buchannan’s eyes) happened when the Civil Rights Movement broke down the walls of silence White people used to ignore the oppression that benefitted their group. Sure, Buchannan doesn’t want to blame immigrants for their supposed anti-assimilation, but he can’t help it because he’s so caught up in attacking the post-Civil Rights Movement era. This is nothing more than another divisive, racist argument designed to pit minority communities against one another and promote gated-community suburban White fear of anybody dark.

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