Leftists identify with Islamist throwbacks because they have much in common ["Progressives' curious love for Islam"]. They're both fanatical utopians. They're both committed to crushing opposition by any means necessary. Neither has a plan of living that protects individual sovereignty and natural liberty or could work without dominant authoritarian force. "Islam," the word, means submission. It doesn't matter to a leftist or a progressive that many Islamists are misogynists and homophobes, and condone terrorism in the name of Allah. What excites them is the Quranic tradition of forceful rule by hierarchical concentrated authority.