By John Gray
Attention-grabbing, enlightening, and epic in scope, Black Mass seems to be on the ancient and smooth faces of Utopian ideology: Society’s Holy Grail, yet at what price?
During the final century international politics used to be formed through Utopian initiatives. Pursuing a dream of an international with no evil, robust states waged battle and practised terror on an extraordinary scale. From Germany to Russia to China to Afghanistan, whole societies have been destroyed.
Utopian ideologies rejected conventional faiths and claimed to be established in technology. They have been truly secular types of the parable of Apocalypse–the trust in a world-changing occasion that brings background, with all its conflicts, to an finish. The warfare 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 robust and scary new e-book argues that the loss of life of Utopia doesn't suggest peace. as an alternative it portends the resurgence of old myths, now in overtly fundamentalist varieties. Obscurely combined with geo-political struggles for the regulate of ordinary assets, apocalyptic faith has again as an incredible strength in international conflict.
From the Hardcover edition.