By Michael Northcott
This passionately argued ebook presents the 1st in-depth research of the non secular politics of present American neo-conservatism. It exhibits that at the back of the neo-imperialism of the White condominium and George W. Bush lies an apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the United States's sacred future "at the top of history", a imaginative and prescient that's shared by means of thousands of american citizens. The authors hint the roots of yankee apocalyptic to Puritan Millennialism and modern fundamentalist readings of the booklet of Revelation. They recommend that american citizens urgently have to get well a critique of Empire of the sort espoused by means of the founding father of Christianity - in any other case possibility changing into idolaters of a brand new Holy Roman Empire that leads others into servitude.
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They too would put down every enemy of America, every opponent of ‘free’ trade, democracy and liberty in whatever quarter of the world they may be found and by whatever means may be appropriate. Bush believes as passionately as Qutb or bin Laden, as William Channing or Woodrow Wilson, as Jerry Falwell or Ronald Reagan, that America’s cause is just and true because America is the truest exemplar on earth of the sacred values of freedom and democracy. 76 It therefore seems eminently reasonable to go to war to impose the values of freedom and democracy.
The English by their industriousness were therefore the rightful owners of the land according to divine as well as human law. The English dominated and redeemed the new world by agricultural prowess, whereas the Spanish had only subdued it by violent conquest. In this way Locke gave theological underpinnings to the Puritan idea that they were entering into the millennial inheritance of the children of light, refounding the Kingdom on the virgin soil of America. Locke also provided the first theological account of the core American beliefs in individual freedom, property-based rights and minimalist government.
It was this second factor that drew the United States into organising a coup that overthrew a democratically elected government in Iran in 1953, and which has involved the installation or support of other dictators and totalitariain regimes in the Middle East, including most notoriously the extreme Islamist regime of Saudi Arabia. 43 When Musaddiq nationalised Iran’s oil fields and refineries, the British under Winston Churchill decided to attempt to replace him with the then exiled Shah of Iran.