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PIPES: A 1914 Novelís Prescient Vision of Londonistan [GK Chesterton]
The Washington Times ^ | 5/27/14 | Daniel Pipes

Posted on 05/28/2014 8:19:02 PM PDT by marshmallow

Yesterday’s dark fantasy is now coming to pass

Exactly one century ago, the renowned British writer G.K. Chesterton (1874-1936), called by his admirers the greatest writer and thinker of the 20th century, published a curious novel titled “The Flying Inn.” On the cusp of World War I, he imagined the Ottoman Empire conquering Great Britain and imposing Shariah law.

Chesterton rides this implausible scenario as a vehicle to ridicule progressivism — that same arrogant, “scientific,” top-down, and leftist approach to government that characterizes the age of Obama. “The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes,” Chesterton rightly explained, and “The Flying Inn” mordantly exposes their failings. Along the way, his vision of an Islamized sceptered isle has arresting features deserving celebration on its centenary.

Chesterton tells of a war in which “the greatest of the Turkish warriors, the terrifying Oman Pasha, equally famous for his courage in war and his cruelty in peace” wins a famous victory over British forces, leading to the occupation of England, to Turks taking over the constabulary, and the growing influence of an “eminent Turkish mystic,” Misysra Ammon, who argues for such Islamic customs as not eating pork, prohibiting representative images, taking one’s shoes off at the front door and practicing polygamy.

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TOPICS: Catholic; General Discusssion; History; Islam
KEYWORDS: chesterton; gkchesterton; sharia; theflyinginn

1 posted on 05/28/2014 8:19:02 PM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

Burgess’ “1985” was also a prescient vision of an Islamist England.


2 posted on 05/28/2014 8:28:54 PM PDT by struggle
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To: struggle

An excerpt about Burgess’ view of the future:
“Kidnapping and skyjacking by dissident groups. Microbombs of immense destructiveness place in public buildings. More thorough frisking at airports and at cinema entrances and on railroad stations – indeed, everywhere: restrictions on human dignity in the name of human safety. New oil strikes, but the bulk of the oil in the hands of the Arabs. More and more Islamic propaganda. Islamic religion taught in schools as a condition for getting oil”

Wow. Sound familiar?


3 posted on 05/28/2014 8:31:12 PM PDT by struggle
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To: marshmallow
Available at Project Gutenberg Australia
4 posted on 05/28/2014 8:31:58 PM PDT by KarlInOhio (Republican amnesty supporters don't care whether their own homes are called mansions or haciendas.)
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To: marshmallow

GK’s better known “Napoleon of Notting Hill” (supposedly seminal in Ghandi’s decision to become an attorney while in S Africa), could have been cited about the recent UKIP localist political bloodbath in Britain.


5 posted on 05/28/2014 8:38:35 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: marshmallow

Bump


6 posted on 05/28/2014 9:03:23 PM PDT by Nachum (Obamacare: It's. The. Flaw.)
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To: KarlInOhio
Also on The Internet Archive where you can get an ePub file which is (IMHO) a lot easier to read on the screen.
7 posted on 05/28/2014 9:09:56 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Thank you so much! It’s $2 on Amazon for 178 pages.


8 posted on 05/28/2014 10:26:10 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: struggle

Meanwhile America is bent on making Brave New World come true


9 posted on 05/28/2014 10:30:59 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Not on this iPhone it’s not


10 posted on 05/28/2014 10:32:59 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: marshmallow

THE whole modern world has divided itself into Conservatives and Progressives. The business of Progressives is to go on making mistakes. The business of Conservatives is to prevent the mistakes being corrected. Even when the revolutionist might himself repent of his revolution, the traditionalist is already defending it as part of his tradition. Thus we have the two great types—the advanced person who rushes us into ruin, and the retrospective person who admires the ruins. He admires them especially by moonlight, not to say moonshine. Each new blunder of the progressive or prig becomes instantly a legend of immemorial antiquity for the snob. This is called balance or mutual check, in our Constitution. — G.K. Chesterton: ‘The Blunders of Our Parties,’ Illustrated London News, April 19, 1924


11 posted on 05/28/2014 11:19:43 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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To: marshmallow

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12 posted on 05/29/2014 12:40:45 AM PDT by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Bathhouse/"Rustler" Reid? d8-)
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To: marshmallow

bump


13 posted on 05/29/2014 12:41:32 AM PDT by Pelham (If you do not deport it is amnesty by default.)
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To: moose07

Ping for your teatime read.. ;-)


14 posted on 05/29/2014 1:03:30 AM PDT by NoCmpromiz (John 14:6 is a non-pluralistic comment.)
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To: kalee

Placdmarker


15 posted on 05/29/2014 1:06:40 AM PDT by kalee
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To: NoCmpromiz

Ah,right. Thanks NoC.
We had located the 1984 instuction manual they are following, but not this one.
Must up-load and read.

‘You’ can hear the spinning in the Crypt of St Pauls.


16 posted on 05/29/2014 2:32:47 AM PDT by moose07 (the truth will out ,one day. UKiP or Tea Party on.)
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To: marshmallow

Interesting. Read my tag line


17 posted on 05/29/2014 2:52:43 AM PDT by Covenantor ("Men are ruled...by liars who refuse them news, and by fools who cannot govern." Chesterton)
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