Sunday, April 06, 2008

all in The Family

From the jacket
The Family is about the other half of American fundamentalist power—not its angry masses, but its sophisticated elites. Sharlet follows the story back to Abraham Vereide, an immigrant preacher who in 1935 organized a small group of businessmen sympathetic to European fascism, fusing the Far Right with his own polite but authoritarian faith. From that core, Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power, a “family” that thrives to this day. In public, they host prayer breakfasts; in private they preach a gospel of “biblical capitalism,” military might, and American empire. Citing Hitler, Lenin, and Mao, Doug Coe, the Family’s current leader, declares, “We work with power where we can, build new power where we can’t.”

Sharlet’s discoveries dramatically challenge conventional wisdom about American fundamentalism, revealing its crucial role in the unraveling of the New Deal, the waging of the Cold War, and the no-holds-barred economics of globalization. The question Sharlet believes we must ask is not “What do fundamentalists want?” but “What have they already done?”

Looks to be a must read for anyone on theocracy watch here in the states. Also, and alarmingly,
here is a post about candidate Clinton's apparent relationship with the dark prince of the neo-pent mafia. More at Kos here.

I'm glad that a major news outlet is looking into this, not to single Clinton out, because I'm sure she's playing the same game many others are, but bright lights need to be shown on this topic. too much is at risk. These people need to be identified and removed from the political process.

via wood s lot, daily kos, dark christianity

1 comment:

CAP said...

Sounds like another mormon splinter group.