Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The Counter-Jihad Abhors a Vacuum
Two recent essays from the diverse (and, alas, still incoherent) community of the Counter-Jihad reminded me of my trope or meme, the "Explanatory Vacuum". I've never tackled it head-on, though I have adverted to it sideways off and on. Back in 2009, I penned an essay here examining how in different ways Robert Spencer and Lawrence Auster seem to indulge in it; so that essay helps flesh out a bit of what I mean by it.
One of the two recent essays I refer to today was written by Hugh Fitzgerald, the Counter-Jihadistically famous essayist who back in the day produced voluminously turgid & abstruse literary feats on Jihad Watch (of which he was "Vice-President" until some time in 2010 he left under mysterious circumstances, only to resurface again recently). In this recent essay, he takes a bird's-eye pause, to survey with an overview our collective situation now in late 2015, looking back on these past 14 years of Denial about the problem of Islam. The other essay was written by Fjordman, a blogger in his own right who also is featured frequently on the Gates of Vienna blog, about whom I've written in the past concerning his problem of indulging in the "Explanatory Vacuum".
I wrote a response to each of their essays today, each one subtly different. I'll reproduce them here -- first the one responding to Fitzgerald, then the one to Fjordman: