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    the early 1600s was also a time of social stress with the enclosure riots over the privatisation of common land, and here at least the draining of the Somerset marshes, which had also been commons. It was also a time when customary rights were changing to codified law, not always in the interests of common people. This seems to have been the period when England turned from a feudal into a market economy, and all the infrastructure put in place that made later industrialisation possible.
    In these times the English have indeed achieved the cultural maturity that going through repeated periods of both economic stress and prosperity bring. However, in the 1600's, I suspect there was a lot of conflict between social classes because of their changing economic roles, which has been put down to purely religious conflict between the Puritan reformers and those who still held to the more liberal remnants of Catholicism present in much of the Anglican church.
    I suppose what I am trying to get at is that, in rural America as in seventeenth century England, the ordinary populace is feeling that they have very little control over the direction of their lives and use religion to give themselves a sense of empowerment, and as a signifier of who is "us" or "them". This is why your daughter is having problems as, despite your friendliness and your wife's background in the region, you are perceived as part of a threat which is actually economic and has nothing to do with any of you, but is manifested in religion, which does.

    "There's a crack in everything; that's how the light gets in". Leonard Cohen

    by northsylvania on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 01:55:47 AM PST

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      There is a whole Diary ... nay, a book, in there about "identity politics" as opposed to the common metric od economic voting patterns.

      Good comment.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Fri Feb 10, 2012 at 05:30:25 AM PST

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