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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Follow-Up: Yale Professor Reviews 20th Century To Illustrate How Quickly Democracies Collapse

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Yale History Professor Reviews 20th Century To Show How Quickly Democracies Collapse


Alan: I attribute the lion's share of America's political collapse to Christian conservatives and their truth-averse theocratic fervor. 
"American Theocracy," by Kevin Phillips

The Body Politic would benefit greatly if "theocratic Christians" acknowledged their implicit (and often explicit) contempt for Liberal Democracy, a form of governance revered by The Founding Fathers and grounded in The European Enlightenment, which was, in turn, a philosophical revolution fundamentally opposed to Monarchy. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy 


George McGovern: "The Case For Liberalism, A Defense Of The Future Against The Past"


If conservatives, particularly Christian conservatives, were to acknowledge their religiously-predicated passion for God's perceived "Kingship" -- and how that passion undermines their commitment to Democracy -- then a real discussion could begin. 

As a people...

Do we want autocracy? 

Or, do we want democracy? 

Sadly, American conservatives - like their demonically mendacious president - are people whose fundamental inclination is to believe narratives that contradict Reason. 

Thus bound by theocratic conviction, many conservatives subscribe to "totalitarian absolutism" whose tenets (whatever particular form they take) are inimical to the compromise that is the cornerstone of democracy.

Christian conservatives are so inured to believing "historical" events that contradict the rubrics of Science and intellectual rigor that they are predisposed, not only to accept, but to promote -- and even cherish -- "fake news" and "alternative facts."

Unimpeded by The Scientific Method, Christian conservatives are "at home" with beliefs that are not only irrational and anti-scientific but normalize contempt for Reason and Science.

And so we find ourselves -- at least since 9/11 -- living in the psycho-social ruins of The National Lunacy, a shattered political landscape in which fear, delusion and wishful thinking dominate the unwittingly treasonous lives of millions.

"There is no fear in love. 
But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. 
The one who fears is not made perfect in love."
1 John 4:18

"Any Religion That Needs Fear To Thrive Is Bad Religion"
http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2012/02/any-religion-that-needs-fear-to-thrive.html

Conservative Think Tanker Norm Ornstein: The Media Ignore Republican Lunacy
http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2014/11/conservative-norm-ornstein-media-ignore.html

Conservative Norm Ornstein and Liberal Thomas Mann
"Let's Just Say It. The Republicans Are The Problem"
http://paxonbothhouses.blogspot.com/2012/05/lets-just-say-it-republicans-are.html


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