Guns and gnosticism
The Dutch blogger Snouk Hurgronje writes:
Only at VFR is it possible to read insights into the gnostic nature of liberalism AND the “handgun in the European mind.”LA replies:
Thank you. Also, the two subjects would seem to be related. Eric Voegelin speaks of the gnostic dream world in which normal, reality-based actions by political leaders and authorities are replaced by magical operations. The notion of European police (brought out by Ferg in a fascinating comment in the linked entry) that the main purpose of their guns is for demonstrating their authority, not for actually shooting people, as a result of which the police do not use effective weapons and do not receive serious weapon training, would seem to be a typical gnostic replacement of reality with a dream reality.Snouk replies:
What about the British police? Their constables do not carry guns at all but rely on “special response teams” with rifles. The joke is that to stop a miscreant British policemen shout “Stop,” or all say “Stop again!.” English people get nervous when they see Continental policemen carrying guns.LA replies:
As verification of your last point, we only need to look at the innumerable statements by Bush supporters since 2003 that our nation-building and democracy-building operation in Iraq could succeed because it was just like what the U.S. did in Germany and Japan after the war. These were otherwise intelligent people equating utterly different situations with each other, and they kept repeating this blatantly untrue idea year after year. That is prime evidence of people constructing a dream world in place of the real world in order to justify a false ideology—the ideology that Muslims are essentially the same and want the same things as Westerners.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at January 05, 2010 12:16 PM | Send