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    Democracy Under Assault
    Theopolitics, Incivility and Violence on the Right

    Michele Swenson

    America's promise compromised...

    An in-depth examination of the fractured church-state divide, challenges to the independent judiciary, resurgent nineteenth-century science and socioeconomic Darwinism, as well as revisionist history that have marked U.S. right-wing politics.

    ...a union of government and religion tends to destroy government and degrade religion.
    óJustice Hugo Black, Engel V. Vitale, 1962
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    At the very moment that neoconservatives profess the intent to export democracy to the Middle East, right-wing activists have agitated against U.S. representative democracy. Democracy Under Assault delineates the alliances that comprise the right-wing political machine, as well as battlegrounds of the culture war waged by biblical literalists against mainstream Christians, secularists, and other religions. Firmly rooted in nineteenth century science and economics, the political right are heirs to the Nativist movement that defined America a Christian nation. Advancing survival-of-the-fittest capitalism, they embrace bio-determinism that holds futile the redress of poverty and injustice in the face of alleged genetic inferiority.

    Coopted religion, and language that forecloses debate, have marked the turn to degraded public dialogue, as tax-exempt, corporate-backed right-wing think tanks lay the linguistic foundation for conservative revolution that seeks to eliminate all social programs since the new Deal, and to bypass church-state separation and the separation of powers. Extolling reduced options for women and hearkening to the era when abortion was criminalized, Moral Majority co-founder Howard Phillips invoked return to one-family-one-vote, even as some have advocated one-family-one-paycheck in lieu of a minimum wage. A principal architect of Bush administration tax cuts, Grover Norquist, eagerly anticipates economic chaos in the states as opportunity to effectively eliminate social spending. Simultaneously, Christian Reconstructionists envision social and economic turbulence as occasion to establish a theocracy on the ruins of U.S. democracy.*

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    This important, compact, quite readable book... merits the widest possible circulation...

    Of particular value is [the authorís] explanation of the interconnections between the fundamentalist religious right, the gun fanatics, the racists, and the anti-abortion and anti-contraception sexists...

    This book is far too rich in detail to be summarized in a review of reasonable length...I wish I had written it.

    Edd Doerr, President, Americans for Religious Liberty,  free inquiry  April/May 2006

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    ...Swenson has combined her commitment to studious historical research with the capacity to capture the essence of how Christian fundamentalism in America has imagined, engineered and accomplished a radical shift in populist thinking. She caps this effort with a remarkable understanding of what these changes and trends mean for democracy in our nation, our states and elsewhere...
      - Chuck Mowry, President, Interfaith Alliance of Colorado    4/5/05

    * Recipient 2005 Merit Book Award, Colorado Independent Publishers Association
    20% of author earnings to progressive causes

    Got Democracy?

    Revisionist Science: Confusion of Science and Religion

    Assaults on the Independent Judiciary; the Federalist Society

    Revisionist History: Eroded Democracy & U.S. Theocracy

    'Good Conservative-Bad Liberal' Dichotomy

    Bait and Switch Tactics of the Gun Lobby: 50 Caliber Guns - A National Security Issue

    Apocrypha and other Distortions Surrounding Abortion

    'Christian Persecution': Corrupted Language, Degraded Civic Discourse and Subversion of Democracy


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