I've been looking for the right quote to frame my proposal, and here it is. From Naomi Klein's piece, Baghdad Year Zero:
Iraq was to the neocons what Afghanistan was to the Taliban: the one place on Earth where they could force everyone to live by the most literal, unyielding interpretation of their sacred texts.
Contrast this with the vision in my proposal: if you want peace, or worker rights, or ecological sustainability, you have to go out and get it. No text, no guru: you make the path by walking it.
(Only thing is, the path you make will be a regressive one unless you stop fooling yourself with rationales for co-optation...)