Sunday, 27 April 2008

Motive 2

Marko Attila Hoare writes today:

"Perhaps one day someone will write their PhD dissertation on the reasons why stoppers and other ‘anti-war’ types are so repetitive in making the point that Western leaders are motivated by self-interest rather than altruism. I think it has something to do with the moral legacy of Protestantism, whereby what matters is purity of inner belief rather than outwardly appearing to do good: salvation through faith alone, rather than salvation through good works."

Marko Attila Hoare's post, Antiwar ad absurdum - the Madagascar Plan as an alternative to the Holocaust, is in reaction to an opinion piece by former New Statesman editor Peter Wilby, arguing that "it is likely that, if Britain had made peace in 1940 after the fall of France, the Jews would have been sent to Madagascar." More reaction to his lunacy can be found on Normblog. Mr Wilby is partly inspired by a new book by Nicholson Baker titled Human Smoke. Oliver Kamm's review of that book can be found here.

Related posts: Motive, and Motive 3.

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