Who Will Be Our Hitler?
From Mark Edmundson's essay, Freud and the Fundamentalist Urge
in this morning's The New York Times Magazine
When a relatively free nation is threatened by terrorists with totatlitarian goals, as ours now is, there is, of course, an urge to come together and fight back by any means necessary. But the danger is that in fighting back we will become just as fierce, monolithic and, in the worst sense, as unified as our foes. We will seek our own great man; we will be blind to his foibles; we will stop questioning, stop arguing. When that happens, a war of fundamentalisms has begun, and of that war there can be no victor.