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Interesting, enlightening, and epic in scope, Black Mass seems to be on the historical and smooth faces of Utopian ideology: Society’s Holy Grail, yet at what price?

During the final century international politics was once formed by means of Utopian initiatives. Pursuing a dream of an international with no evil, robust states waged battle and practised terror on an remarkable scale. From Germany to Russia to China to Afghanistan, complete societies have been destroyed.

Utopian ideologies rejected conventional faiths and claimed to be established in technological know-how. They have been really secular models of the parable of Apocalypse–the trust in a world-changing occasion that brings historical past, with all its conflicts, to an finish. The struggle in Iraq used to be the final of those makes an attempt at making a secular Utopia, promising a brand new period of democracy and generating blood-soaked anarchy and an rising theocracy instead.

John Gray’s strong and scary new e-book argues that the dying of Utopia doesn't suggest peace. as a substitute it portends the resurgence of historic myths, now in overtly fundamentalist types. Obscurely combined with geo-political struggles for the keep watch over of ordinary assets, apocalyptic faith has back as a tremendous strength in worldwide conflict.

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