One of the more obscure present day political relationships is that between the progressive left(socialists) and Islam. This is borne out by left’s seemingly inability or unwillingness to condemn or criticise radical Muslims killing westerners, along with the now clichéd lament that Islam is a religion of peace. So it helps to learn something about Islam and its origins and to this end the recently published book “Crusade and Jihad: Origins, History and Aftermath by Malcolm Lambert just published by Profile Books is a very useful introduction.
It must also be borne in mind that the appearance of Islam, and for that matter the institutionalisation of Christianity by the Roman Empire, coincided with a rather murky and obscure period of history during the 1st millennium CE. There is now a very good case that approximately 300 or so years of 1st millennium history were fabricated with some evidence that this fabricated period maybe stretched out to some 700 years, spanning the period 235 CE to 935 CE.
The 1st millennium is generally associated with three catastrophic climate events or plagues, with a major catastrophe occurring during the time associated with the Comet of Justinian during the 6th century CE. Academic research in this subject area is associated with the work of Heribert Illig, Gunnar Heinsohn and Anthony Fomenko, among many, and summarised in various articles and essays etc on the Q-Mag website and Malaga Bay.
Cutting to the chase it is possible the Roman Empire was terminated not by invasions of barbarians, but from a climate catastrophe caused by the Comet of Justinian. This climate catastrophe has been identified in tree-ring isotopes, especially the continuous series of rings in a Japanese Cedar that have been isotopically analysed and reported in various scientific papers and a book which I won’t detail here in this comment. What is in error is not the physical chronology, to wit the Libby Japanese Cedar tree-ring data, but the human historical record and the apriorism of official politicised history.
And there is evidence that the Earth also underwent a global climate catastrophe at the time because many of the circum-pacific civilisations experienced a catastrophic termination sometime during the 1st millennium CE.
If the Comet of Justinian catastrophe was global and resulted in the death and disruption of human civilisations, then the actions of the survivors would be quite specific and aimed at one goal – survival. So the purpose of my musings here is to offer an explanation for the appearance of Islam and institutionalised Christianity during those times.
One of the core beliefs Mohammed had was that wealth should always be devoted to the common good and this, more or less, makes Islam another variant of socialism and wealth redistribution. But was Islam an ideological imposition on the nomadic Arabs by Mohammed or was it what they needed to do in order to survive the Justinian Catastrophe? The point is that Islam appeared out of the middle of the 1st millennium CE at about the same time as the appearance of the Comet of Justinian.
Imagine civilisations operating on the division of labour and elsewhere nomadic peoples more or less existing at the subsistence level. Add a climate catastrophe and the various metropolitan cities and towns would simply collapse, mainly from mass deaths and the collapse of trade and markets that such civilisations depend on when organised on the division of labour. Such a catastrophe would have less effect on nomadic peoples who would be more or less self-sufficient and would constitute the bulk of the survivors. This is not to say that nomadic peoples would be unaffected by a climate catastrophe, but that being self-sufficient would ensure that these peoples would have a better chance of surviving than town-based peoples utterly reliant on the daily exchange of goods and services that the division of labour needs; town folk simply are not self-sufficient as a result, and are the first to suffer from a natural catastrophe.
This leads to the hypothesis that the ascendancy of Islam during this period was the result of the nomadic Arabs, being more or less self-sufficient and thus the majority survivors of the Justinian Catastrophe, and because their trading systems would also have been destroyed, becoming reliant on the plundering of the surviving remnants of the Levant and Byzantine civilisations, even to the extent of taking over those ruined cities and towns, and then forcibly sharing their plunder with the rest of the survivors in their region as described, more or less, as the policies of Mohammed at the time.
It seems plausible to think Mohammed might have been the right man at the right time to organise the survival of his tribe by implementing the necessary, and compulsory, sharing of all the wealth among the survivors of the Roman and Arabic worlds in his region.
Communism or socialism is an appropriate economic system for a previously civilised people, mostly destroyed by a massive global catastrophe, to survive. Freedom becomes irrelevant when survival is paramount and all trading systems are destroyed. In this sense Islam is most certainly a socialist or communist system of social organisation, with Allah representing the cometary apparition in the heavens sent to punish humankind. It is of course to be expected that a traumatised illiterate and nomadic peoples would fabricate fantastical explanations to explain their immediate past, and subsequently codified in their oral and later, literary traditions. Consequently, once the cometary or heavenly apparition disappeared from the heavens, surviving peoples would then tend to memorialise it as an abstract idea or ‘authority’ that would return if the people started to sin again, the belief being that the just passed catastrophe caused by an heavenly apparition was to punish people in the first place. (That it was more likely an accident or unpredictable natural phenomenon would not have entered their analysis, especially in the case of illiterate nomads that most of the Arabs were probably at the time).
And having set up, by absolute necessity, a socialist or communist system in order to survive, the followers of Mohammed would then have, over time, become habituated with this state of affairs and established an institutionalised governing system that simply gelled into existence from habit and developed into the theocratic regimes that exist now.
But let us not forget the survivors of the recently destroyed Roman Civilisation, for they too would have slowly started rebuilding their world, but finding their ancient homes now invaded by the nomadic Arabs under the ideology/theology of Islam, apart from the invasion of other people elsewhere, would strive to regain their previous living spaces and cities, hence the Crusades and the continuing conflict between the Christian and Islamic worlds.
It thus seems plausible that the rump of the Roman and Byzantine worlds then adopted socialist or communist policies in order to survive, and instituted Christianity as an explanation for that change. Which version of Christianity is entirely another matter and definitely not gone into here. As the climate crisis dissipated and peoples returned to the humdrum of daily existence, the need for autocratic control in order to simply survive became unnecessary and people started to demand more freedoms.
But the principal reason the progressive left seem so mesmerised with Islam is because, reduced to its essentials, Islam is a purer form of socialism or communism and that by importing these ‘purer’ socialists into the hated ‘west’ social progress will be accelerated. This is probably the reason for the mass influx of Islamic peoples into Europe and elsewhere in the Anglosphere, part of the Cultural Marxist goal of re-engineering society.
And it is even more likely that the resurgence of socialism and Islam is a subconscious re-enactment of the catastrophic times of the 1st millennium that the world’s people don’t remember except as mythological abstractions. While mainstream revisionists focus on a catastrophic past preceding civilisation, see Planet Amnesia or Thunderbolts sites, it seems useful to interpret the Dark Ages of the 1st Millennium as the latest global catastrophe visited on the Earth; lesser, more regionalised ‘ice-ages’ seem to have occurred since. As Roman water works are covered by interpreted Pleistocene aged sediment derived colluvium in the Rhine River valley near Cologne, it is possible that the Roman Empire was terminated by the Pleistocene event; but then this might be an ice-age too far for some.
It needs to be considered however, because whatever it was, the Dark Ages of that millennium spawned the monotheistic religions of Islam and Christianity.