Liberal Supremacists

By Ben Cohen

Terry Eagleton describes how arch liberals became unwitting tools in the ‘War on Terror’:

If the test of liberalism is how it confronts its illiberal

adversaries, some of the liberal intelligentsia seem to have fallen at

the first hurdle. Writers such as Martin Amis and Hitchens do not just

want to lock terrorists away. They also tout a brand of western

cultural supremacism. Dawkins strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq,

but preaches a self-satisfied, old-fashioned Whiggish rationalism that

can be wielded against a benighted Islam. The philosopher AC Grayling

has an equally starry-eyed view of the stately march of Western

Progress. The novelist Ian McEwan is a freshly recruited champion of

this militant rationalism. Both Hitchens and Salman Rushdie have

defended Amis’s slurs on Muslims. Whether they like it or not, Dawkins

and his ilk have become weapons in the war on terror. Western

supremacism has gravitated from the Bible to atheism.

(photo by Scott Hurst)

Ben Cohen is the editor and founder of The Daily Banter. He lives in Washington DC where he does podcasts, teaches Martial Arts, and tries to be a good father. He would be extremely disturbed if you took him too seriously.