According to some Doug Casey is a very successful investing hyena; his present interest is Khazakhstan, a very large country in Asia that is sparsely populated. Read the article republished by Lew Rockwell here, Haven in Kazakhstan). Doug’s concluding three paragraphs need to be studied:
Although I have no problem with people following any religion they like—it can make for stimulating philosophical discussion—problems inevitably arise when there’s religious activism in a political context. The results are invariably ugly.
In Palestine, for instance, before the Israeli takeover, Jews, Christians, and Moslems all lived peaceably. Their beliefs differed, but it made little more difference than whether they preferred vanilla, chocolate, or strawberry ice cream; cultural and religious variety only created an interesting diversity. The government was only a minor nuisance, manifesting itself mainly with taxes that no one felt an obligation to pay anyway, and people busied themselves mainly with the most benign of all activities, making money. Religion only became an issue when waves of new Jewish immigrants, who took their religion and politics very seriously, set up their own state. The rest is very bloody and troubled history, and that story is far from over.
A variation on that theme could occur throughout Central Asia. Certainly the groundwork is being laid by rabid proselytes from the world’s two major missionary religions. My guess is that religion will become a major cause of bloodshed here in the future. It looks, however, like the Muslims have a considerable lead in the religious sweepstakes.
Doug is too coy – the major proselytising missionary religions are Islam and Christianity to which I would also add Socialism and its green arm the Climateers. These groups are the principal troublemakers on the planet.
Post Script: The notion that some are chosen seems to be based on the fact that any survivors of some enormous catastrophe, such as what terminated the Roman Period, would regard themselves as being chosen to survive by the terrible prodigy that caused the mayhem and destruction. The survivors of the WWII atomic blasts assumed this chosen-ness. And it’s not the first time this attitude appeared among people, since the survivors of the Bronze Age catastrophes also regarded themselves as chosen. For the same reasons and then assumed, arrogantly, that being chosen, they have the divine right to rule the rest of us. That’s the dominant attitude among the socialists though they may not explain their divine -right in such ways. Rather they would assert that it was history that is propelling them into this situation; the God explanation in other words.