American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21stC entury

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Penguin, Mar 21, 2006 - Political Science - 512 pages
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An explosive examination of the coalition of forces that threatens the nation, from the bestselling author of American Dynasty

In his two most recent bestselling books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips established himself as a powerful critic of the political and economic forces that rule—and imperil—the United States, tracing the ever more alarming path of the emerging Republican majority’s rise to power. Now Phillips takes an uncompromising view of the current age of global overreach, fundamentalist religion, diminishing resources, and ballooning debt under the GOP majority. With an eye to the past and a searing vision of the future, Phillips confirms what too many Americans are still unwilling to admit about the depth of our misgovernment.


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User Review  - HadriantheBlind - LibraryThing

A very troubling recognition of the symptoms of the disease that was Bush's America. Why oh why didn't more people read this sooner. Does focus a bit on Bushian policies, but also on broader societal ... Read full review

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User Review  - Devil_llama - LibraryThing

The author's thesis, that the joining of politics, religion, and oil can't possibly lead to a good outcome for our democracy, is hard to argue with. The biggest downside of this book is that it drags ... Read full review


A Brief History of Western Fuelishness
The Dead Hand of Yesteryears Success
The Aging American Energy Infrastructure
Embattled American Oil and Automobile Goliaths and the Premise of Middle Eastern Rescue
The Emergence of Oil and US Party Politics
Oils Strengthening Grip on the American Presidency
Oils Unique Role in US Foreign Policy
Oil and Automobile Culture and TwentyFirstCentury American Politics
The Precarious Trajectory of American Debt
The Emergence of the US Debt and CreditIndustrial Complex
Debtor Society CreditCard Nation
Greed and the 19952005 Credit Bubble
The Endgame of Champions
The Precariousness of Rentier Cultures
The Importance of Hard Industries
The Invisible EighteenthCentury Hand in American TwentyFirstCentury Strategy

The Hydrocarbon Coalition and the 2004 Election
The Hundred Years Oil War
The Real Map of Iraq
Defining American PetroImperialism
Centcom Eurcomand Oilcom?
Multiple Constituencies and SpecialInterest Countdowns
The SectDriven Dynamic of American Religion
The EverExpanding American Revival Tent
Religion Politics and War
American SelfPerceptions of Being a Chosen People and Nation
The NorthSouth Axis of American Cultural Conflict
The Civil War Forge of Southern Resurrection Redemption and Revival
State Church of the ExConfederacy?
The Greater South and the Future of the Republic
The Great Reversal
The First American Religious Party
2004 and the New Religiopolitical Map
Seizing the Fundamentalist Moment
The Emerging Republican Theocracy?
The Delusion That the United States Is Different
A TwentyfirstCentury American Disenlightenment?
Symptoms and Prescriptions
The AngloAmerican Achilles Hubris?
The Indentured American Household?
The Invisible Foot?
And Now Over to Asia
The Military and Economic Unmaking of Global Hegemons
Social Security and Medicare
Oil Debt and the Dollar
Religion and the Republican Coalition
The Greenback at Bay
The Theology of US Domestic and Foreign Policy
A Volckerian Götterdämmerung?
Secularism Sclerotic Politics and Disillusionment
The Politics of American Oil Dependence
Trumpets of Democracy Drums of Gasoline
Radicalized Religion As American as Apple Pie
Defeat and Resurrection The Southernization of America
The United States in a Dixie Cup The New Religious and Political Battlegrounds
Church State and National Decline
Soaring Debt Uncertain Politics and the Financialization of the United States
Serial Bubbles and Foreign Debt Holders
The Erring Republican Majority

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Kevin Phillips has been a political and economic commentator for more than three decades. A former White House strategist, he is a regular contributor to the Los Angeles Times and NPR and writes for Harper’s and Time. His books include New York Times bestsellers The Politics of Rich and Poor and Wealth and Democracy.

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