Unless the elites of the world transform their understanding of security, things are going to look good for extreme movements in the 2030s and beyond, whether they stem from perverse religious identities, ethnicities, nationalisms or political ideologies.
Climate change appears to be the first link in a long chain of events involving a myriad of groups and countries that ultimately led to the attacks in Paris, attacks believed to be in retaliation for French airstrikes on ISIS.
A new “struggle of our generation” emerges every six months, and all around us existential crises are ignored. In the longer term, climate change, antibiotic resistance, soil loss and nuclear proliferation by states (including our own) are orders of magnitude more dangerous than Islamic extremism.
Over the last few weeks, as the situation in Syria and Iraq has deteriorated, we’ve seen politicians in the West become more bellicose about the "threat" of terrorism to our way of life.
Condemnations have rightly been forthcoming from a whole range of senior figures from celebrities to government officials, less attention has been paid to the roots of the crisis.
While there is certainly much to celebrate in the values, principles and achievements we associate with modernity, Tony Blair’s black and white vision is incapable of acknowledging that the expansion of global capitalism was and remains a deeply violent process.