Man Without Qualities

Tuesday, March 26, 2002


As we all now involuntarilly know, inhalation anthrax is its most deadly form. Barry Cooper of the University of Calgary terms doctrines such as those undergirding al Qaeda and other terrorist movements "pneumopathologies" this way:

"Regarding the kind of free-floating pneumopathologies of Raël or McVeigh or Asahara there is probably not much to be done. Robert Musil, whose great novel, A Man Without Qualities, is a long meditation on pneumopathology, once observed that political realism was driven by needs not ideas."

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