Fraser Nelson has an astute article in the Daily Telegraph arguing that ISIS is not, as we like to say, a throwback to the Middle Ages. To say so is, in fact, to slander the Middle Ages. ISIS is a modern movement, with much in common with twentieth-century totalitarian movements that sought complete control of populations. Most discouraging, perhaps, is that, like fascism and communism, ISIS’s radical Islamism is, on its own terms, progressive.
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