“Whether it's religious, political, imperialist, nationalist or even market FUNDAMENTALISM, believe it: we live in an increasingly fundamentalist world.” - STUART SIM – Professor of Critical Theory in the English Dept., the University of Sunderland, author of “Fundamentalist World”.
9/11, the rise of the far right, the collapse of the Argentinian economy, suicide bombings in the Middle East, campaigns against multiculturalism, anti-abortion terrorism, the militia movement in America, teaching creationism in schools, riots at Miss World: what ties these seemingly unrelated phenomena together? All are products of a fundamentalist mentality, determined to crush all opposing ideas. Belief in these kinds of universal theories was, until recently, assumed to be in decline. Stuart Sim argues that this is far from true.
History, power, security, control, fulfilment, purity, identity and self-definition are key themes of the curiously modern renaissance of fundamentalist thought. And fundamentalism is no fringe enthusiasm, but an increasingly mainstream and powerful influence. Whether it's religious, political, imperialist, nationalist or even market fundamentalism, believe it: we live in an increasingly fundamentalist world.