In his recent book, The Flight of the Intellectuals,Paul Berman argues that Islamism is a modern, instead of an ancient political tendency, which arose in a spirit of fraternal harmony with the fascists in Europe in the 1930s and ’40s, and that Nazi inspirations have visibly taken root among present-day Islamists. He further states that reviews in Foreign Affairs, the National Interest and the New Yorker have all denied that there is an alliance between radical Muslim groups and Naziism.
Mr. Berman’s understanding of the relationship between Islamism and Naziism, as well as the harsh resistance his book has received in the liberal press would have been greatly simplified if he had knowledge of socio-political characterology which tells us that an individual’s character is the primary determinant in social behavior. Both radical Islamists and Nazi’s are emotional plague characters belonging on the extreme right of the socio-political spectrum and they are therefore politically attracted to each other. Liberal columnists and writers function exclusively from the superficial layer of their character structure. They are incapable of recognizing the common bond that Islamists and Nazis have with each other because they are not in touch with their own biological depths. All attempts at convincing them of the close relationship and the destructiveness resulting from the association of the two groups must thus fall on deaf ears. These subjects are covered in my book, The Emotional Plague, The Root of Human Evil.