One notable aspect of the post-secular world is the renewed interest in religion and theology amongst the once ultra-secular radical Left. . . . I tend to agree with Vincent Pecora when, in his most recent post, he claims that the collapse of a socialist teleology bound up in the Cold War accelerated some of the processes that we now understand as post-secular. It is not just that the fall of the USSR starved secular nationalist or socialist movements in the Third World of a diplomatic ally, opening up the space for more religious-inspired movements to step in. More importantly, the collapse of the USSR inaugurated a period where it has become impossible to imagine an alternative to liberal capitalist democracy.
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The years of World War II—when thousands of Yugoslav workers, peasants, intellectuals and students joined the Communist-led Partisans—provided the foundation for the myth of the post-war Communist regime. Small forests were torn down just to print hundreds of thousands of pages extolling the virtues or condemning the crimes of the Yugoslav Communists in WWII. Memoirs and war diaries, historical studies and exhibitions, popular songs and films all focused on Communism. Even the most popular children’s story from post-war Yugoslavia, Branko Copic’s The Hedgehog’s House, is widely perceived to be an allegory of the partisan struggle against the Nazis. The primary sources from this period are daunting and the hagiography that accompanies them is stifling.