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Why is the US so progressive with personal/political liberties yet so regressive in religious/secular balance compared to Europe? Read this book and it explains through the lens of history in terms of religious extremes and social/political dynamics that was evolving and ripping the European continent apart just as US was forming and the ideas that shaped it coalesced into our constitution. The fact the US was so young in a population and culture that easily forgets and abandons the lessons of Europe explains the repeat of calls for religious control and hegemony of political and social power in this day and age. The progeny of the Puritans and old style religious protestant and Catholics are re-emerging in the US and spreading to places in the West to restyle the failed and violent theocracy movements of old as if that will counter the present day upheavals going on in the Islamic world with the radical conservative extremists gaining power through force and war on both sides. Neo-Crusades/Inquisition. To counter the full expression of individuals right to decide their own fates through democracy, free-open markets and freedom FROM religious dogma/propaganda/control in public and private spheres.
The Pattern of Politics and Economics
The Power of Mind and Spirit
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