Good morning Britain

I’m sure not everyone in the UK who just voted to set fire to the bedsheets shared all of the ugly racism of UKIP supporters. Others apparently just thought it might be fun to swing the wrecking ball and see what happens. We could think of such people as Jesse Ventura Voters or as Arnold Schwarzenegger Voters or as Assholes Who Don’t Care If Vulnerable People Suffer Just As Long As They, Personally, Are Entertained. [Read more…]

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‘Religious outreach’

While Donald Trump’s evangelical outreach continues to flail — “We’ve gotta spiritize this country!” — another election year brings about the quadrennial ritual of articles fretting about the need for “religious outreach” by Democrats. Remember, though, that Hillary Clinton’s long history with her United Methodist Church and her involvement with its women’s groups doesn’t count, because mainline Protestantism doesn’t count. “Religious outreach by Democrats” only counts if it involves obsequious overtures to white evangelicals. [Read more…]

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Ralph Reed’s history with casino moguls

“Ralph Reed worked for team Abramoff by mobilizing Christians opposed to gambling to shutter casinos. The only hitch: Reed was usually paid by other casinos who had a financial interest in eliminating their competitors. … He was engaged in a kind of spiritual fraud: telling his supporters that he was opposed to gambling when, in fact, gambling was making him rich.” [Read more…]

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Donald Trump’s B-list ‘evangelical advisory board’

Donald Trump’s list of names is interesting both for who it includes and who it doesn’t. I’m not talking about the conservative white evangelicals who have, commendably, been fierce critics of Trump, but about the absence of the names of some prominent white evangelical Trump-supporters and GOP-before-GOD culture-warriors. Why did those folks duck this list? [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war (5.25)

“But you have dishonored the poor. Is it not the rich who oppress you? Is it not they who drag you into court? Is it not they who blaspheme the excellent name that was invoked over you?” [Read more…]

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That time I was the evil opposite of Neoliberalism

I was supposed to learn what “Neoliberalism” means back in the early 1990s, in seminary. Alas, I stopped reading that book on page 51 when I came across the author’s example of the epitome of all that Neoliberalism opposed. That turned out to be, well, me. [Read more…]

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Love > tolerance; but (love – tolerance – subsidiarity) < love

Take away all indirect responsibility and all of our more direct, more proximate responsibilities become enormously more challenging. If we begin to treat those direct responsibilities as exclusive — as precluding all of the indirect responsibilities — then we’re soon going to find that it’s impossible to manage them. Without the network of mutuality, we’re on our own for everything — which is to say, we’re screwed. [Read more…]

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The Bond villain running Donald Trump’s campaign

You might not think that a South Jersey slumlord would be only one step removed from a kleptocratic tyrant like Mobutu Sese Seko, but connections like that are woven throughout Franklin Foer’s long report on Paul Manafort. The article reads like an episode guide to “The Blacklist” — an endless parade of rogues, criminals, tyrants, oligarchs, Watergate ratf–kers, arms dealers, and almost anyone you’ve ever written an Amnesty International letter to on behalf of some political prisoner. And the man connecting all those figures is now running Donald Trump’s campaign. [Read more…]

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