Before yesterday it had never occurred to me that America's distinctive brand of evangelical conservatism—its peculiar marriage of mythic American nationalism with a personal, emotionally intense relationship with Jesus Christ—is not an entirely bottom-up phenomenon, but is to some extent the creation of Eisenhower-era government propaganda and the PR heft of William Randolph Hearst. (That's what certain secular-humanist documentary producers want us to believe!) I look forward to one day seeing this remarkable chain of historical influences mapped out more fully on Glenn Beck's revelatory blackboard.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Will Wilkinson has an interesting post over at DiA exploring the transformation that protestant politics underwent during the cold war. I don't really know what to make of it. It doesn't seem particularly applicable, but it sure is interesting reading: