Terrorism and Globalization

in Perspectives on Global Development and Technology
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Abstract

This chapter relates the material circumstances of globalization to cultural trauma and the spiritual disorder of pneumopathology. Eric Voegelin asserts that the pneumopathological terrorist suffers from a disease in which evil assumes the form of spirituality. Terrorist organizations, such as Aum Shinrikyo in Japan or Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda, construct an imaginative "second reality" in which the murder of innocents is seen as contributing to a magical transformation of the world. This kind of terrorism replaces pragmatically rational pursuits with pathological spiritual aspirations in which Weapons of Mass Destruction and suicide bombings are both seen as appropriate instruments in an apocalyptic struggle between Good and Evil.

Terrorism and Globalization

in Perspectives on Global Development and Technology

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