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  •  Also, Chris Hedges pointed to the same phenom (4+ / 0-)
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    goinsouth, Tam in CA, SciVo, NY brit expat

    but as driving (former) workers into Christianist fascism: Hedges: The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger.

    The rise of this Christian fascism, a rise we ignore at our peril, is being fueled by an ineffectual and bankrupt liberal class that has proved to be unable to roll back surging unemployment, protect us from speculators on Wall Street, or save our dispossessed working class from foreclosures, bankruptcies and misery. The liberal class has proved useless in combating the largest environmental disaster in our history, ending costly and futile imperial wars or stopping the corporate plundering of the nation. And the gutlessness of the liberal class has left it, and the values it represents, reviled and hated.

    A conservative is a scab for the oligarchy.

    by NBBooks on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 09:38:56 AM PDT

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    •  I've been wondering about this. (1+ / 0-)
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      I like Hedges, but I think he comes at Christianity like a fearful outsider without much appreciation for the divisions and differences.

      The core Evangelical support for Republicans has come from the Willow Creek, church growth set, and I have my doubts about the viability of that shallow and silly phenomenon as things get worse. It's religion for the comfortable.  Rick Warren fits in here.  (See Barbara Ehrenreich's interview here.)  That positive thinking bullshit wears pretty thin in the face of prolonged economic hardship.

      Pentacostals have traditionally appealed to the poorer segments of society, but they were uninterested, even opposed to political involvement until the mid-70s.  As the economy worsens, my guess is that they'll retreat from the political arena rather than getting more involved.  Getting excited about prayer in schools and abortion may be less important when it's tough to keep a roof over your head.

      The Roman Catholics are the interesting ones. They run the gamut from Neuhaus neo-conservatism to liberation theologians.  Think about the South American influence on the rapidly growing Hispanic segment.

      That's not to say that some evil Scaife type isn't plotting to use theocracy to maintain the elite's hold in the face of drastically declining living conditions for the majority of the population.  I just don't think it will work.  Nationalism and tribalism are the more tried-and-true methods.  Most fascists have tried to de-fang the church rather than rely upon it.  Ultimately, the Bible is a pretty dangerous book and quite usable against TPTB.

      I should note that Wallerstein identifies theocracy as a possible element in his Davos A option.

      "Capitalism is irresponsibility organized into a system." -- Emil Brunner

      by goinsouth on Wed Jun 09, 2010 at 10:10:30 AM PDT

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