WRM, where reasonable men can reasonably disagree, as they can about political and economic ideologies, their decisions in favor of one or another alternative are not severely discredited if failed but generally replaced. Hot religion in places cited and premised on credal belief for many of its adherents provides commune against indecipherable world conditions – as you say the trend will be with us for some time.
The other reason for rise of the moderate Islamists compared with Salafists for example is the widespread disgust with corruption.
Unfortunately if the people in Egypt and Tunisia think voting Islamists into power will reign in corruption they may find themselves disappointed, as the example of Iran shows.
I suggest you pay more attention to Egyptian financial reserves and food imports. Spengler’s reports are chilling.
Is this a rise of “hot religion” or a surge in Islam? And is it fair to obscure the fact that Islam seems to be singularly responsible for the rise in the religious temperature under the blanket term “hot religion”?
You could have as easily have said Hot Democracy. These newly formed Democracies’s will now learn the reasons for separation of mosque and state.
“Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other.” Edmund Burke
Islamic Cultures are very backward, at least now there is movement going on, instead of the stagnation. I will watch with great interest the progress of these infant Democracies, as they must crawl before they can walk, and walk before they can run.
“Via Meadia’s sixth big trend of the decade—the rise of hot religion — has been very much in the news…” (Walter Russell Mead)
Best recent book on the subject: Eliza Griswold’s “The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches From the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam.”
The New York Times book review can be found here,
Professor Mead is mentioned in the acknowledgement section although the publishers spelled his name wrong