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 Post subject: American Theocracy
PostPosted: March 9th, 2011, 8:11 am 
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Non-fiction, Politics.

American Theocracy is the title of Kevin Phillips' 2006 book, sub-titled - The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century.

Although I bought it a couple of years ago, I'm just getting to read it now. It's a bit 'un-settling' to see most of his predictions coming true. He accurately predicted the '07 - '08 housing crash.

Phillips is a former GOP strategist and was an advisor for Richard Nixon's 1968 campaign. He has also served as Special Assistant to the U.S. Attorney General.

He escaped being 'Neo-Conned' and is now a critic of current Republican policies.

One reviewer described the book's theme - "that the GOP, Radical Religion, Oil, And Borrowed Money are an Unholy Alliance".

Phillips describes what he believes to be three main 'errors' in Neo-Con Republican policies.

The first is "the conversion of the US. military into a global oil-protection service"

The second is the increasing influence of religious evangelicals and Pentecostals, many of them Christian Reconstructionists who believe in end-times prophecies.

The third is the unprecedented levels of national and consumer debt.
He uses the term ‘financialization’ to describe the restructuring of the US economy from one of production, manufacturing and wages, into a 'debt industry', based on credit, consumption, and the human weakness of greed.

An 'enlightening' read!

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