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American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century Hardcover – March 21, 2006
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Majority" written 40 years ago in 1969, gives him the credibility, as well as his 13 other books since. "American Theocracy" discusses the 5 decades of growth many recent developments occurring in the US political, economic, religious and cultural realm in the GOP. He supports his points with lots of research and referencing.
Phillips states the GOP and US government are "a fusion of
petroleum-defined national security; a crusading, simplistic
Christianity; and a reckless credit-feeding financial complex."
At one time, the GOP was the party of stability, order, low taxes, low spending, and small government (in theory at least).
The author notes the transition of the GOP to what many others think and believe today: In 2006, it's over. The Republican party can never argue again that it's the party of low taxes and spending, and small government. The 'big-government GOP' began long before The G.W . Bush administration, but Bush 43 has greatly exacerbated to shift to big spending, big
government, conglomerate control, and the erosion of personal
liberties and freedom of speech. Today there is a Cult of Personality and a lack of critical thought and even disdain -- to the slightest questioning or criticism of American domestic and foreign policy: Bushbots. Federal bureaucratic interference in education with the "No Child Left Behind," Act, and the promulgation of the pseudo-scientific "Intelligent Design." The federal government's interference in the Schiavo case is another clear example of many, noted in "American Theocracy.Read more ›
Author Kevin Phillips comes up with a series of characteristics of what he called a "power already at its peak and starting to decline." The list includes a polarization of the society and widespread concern with cultural and economic decay; growing religious fervor and an increasingly close relationship between church and state; a rising commitment to faith over reason; growing government debt; and "hubris-driven national strategic and military overreach."
Jeez, open most days' newspaper and don't be surprised to find concrete examples of each of these points.
The point risks being lost amid all the white noise predicting doom and gloom of different sorts these days. No doubt most readers will find themselves a little more jaded to these sorts of prognostications than they would have been just a few years back.
But what separates Mr. Phillips from the pack (at least to some extent) is his curriculum vitae: he is the same Kevin Phillips who, as a Republican strategist in the 1960s, shattered the Democrat's "solid south" in his book The Emerging Republican Majority. Most political scientists credit the book with sowing the seeds that handed the Republicans the White House in every election since then that didn't feature a highly-intelligent southern governor on top of the Democratic ticket as a way to wrestle a few electoral votes away south of the Mason-Dixon line.
If Mr.Read more ›
Instead, in this calm, clear, and well articulated tour of the social, economic, and political territory with which he is so familiar, Phillips describes the contemporary topography of conservative republican rule as being an inhospitable and ungovernable landscape pocked by craters of ideological fervor, fiscal insanity, and unspeakable personal greed. In many ways, his well-articulated broadside against the political right is all the more damning because it is not only from a true believer, but also from an outstanding academic with a persuasive resume, a man who carefully documents and substantiates everything he cites, especially in this scathing look at exactly where it is that the 21st century's form of rabid Republican conservatism is leading us.Read more ›
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This wonderful book treats a subject every American needs to know & think about, in a carefully researched & informative way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Rick M.
Sared the XO%$# out of me. Good read. Buy it and prepare to learn things.......!Published 12 months ago by Sandy Hines
The economic background history related may well be disturbing to ideologues of both left or right. I find little reason to discuss economics seriously with anyone who does not... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Bruce Hagen
The parts about energy and oil were interesting and informative. Enjoyed the historical perspective. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Matthew Mahoney