Carl Jung Spots Islamo-Nazis

Michael Medved

2/23/2012 1:48:36 PM - Michael Medved

I’ve long-preferred to describe violent jihadists as “Islamo-Nazis” rather than “Islamo-Fascists”—because the public understands Nazism far better than Fascism, and because Nazis and Radical Islamists both make Jew-hatred central to their ideology.

Writing more than 70 years ago, Carl Jung, the Swiss founder of modern psychology who coined the phrase “the Collective Unconscious”, also recognized the similarity between Nazi ideology and Muslim militancy. In April, 1939, just months before the outbreak of World War II, Jung declared: “We do not know whether Hitler is going to found a new Islam. He is already on the way; he is like Mohammed. The emotion in Germany is Islamic; warlike and Islamic. They are all drunk with a wild god.”

More than most, he spotted the genocidal dangers of Nazism—and instinctively linked it to the historic bloodlust of Islamist fanaticism.