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REVIEW The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power REVIEW Õ DDTUST-UDA.RU Ø Jeff Sharlet Jeff Sharlet Ø 1 FREE DOWNLOAD A journalist's penetrating look at the untold story of christian fundamentalism's most elite organization a self described invisible network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerfulThey are the Family fundamentalism's avant garde waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe They consider themselves the new chosen congressmen generals and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells to pray and plan for a leadership led by God to be won not by force but through uiet diplomacy Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington Virginia and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside its wallsThe Family is about the other half of American fundamentalist power not it. This is a must read In the same way that Naomi Klein s The Shock Doctrine mapped out a process that has been going on in plain sight for a long time Jeff Sharlet shows us a process that has been going on stealthily for many many years As the Shock Doctrine sheds light on an appalling abuse of power so The Family sheds light on some very creepy goings on primarily at home The notion one might have in approaching The Family is that it is primarily a tell all about the people who live at C Street in Washington DC the grown up frat house for mostly Republican elected officials and others involved in business and government While there is some of that here Sharlet is interested in offering a historical perspective not only exposing what underlies this ice berg but showing how it came to beJeff Sharlet from his site He traces a path from the 18th century fire and brimstone of Jonathan Edwards to the 19th century revivalist evangelical Charles Finney to the pulpit pounding Billy Sunday of the 1920s through Abram Vereide the major personal force behind what Sharlet and its members calls The Family Vereide began his work in the 1930s handing off eventually to Doug Coe today s leader and a familiar face and source of connections and financial support to many of our elected officialsUnderlying all is this group s vision of the natural order as being the divine right of the wealthy and powerful to rule The working man is seen as having no rights at all and in fact any attempt to organize to better his lot is seen as not only secularly seditious but an affront against God who has placed the worthy in their positions of ownership and power Perhaps a better term for this might be Deo Fascism It will come as no surprise that major funding for this movement has always been found among the corporate elite of the country and a major effort by this movement throughout its history has been to do all in their power to defeat organized laborI learned some new alarming things in reading this I always knew that many of the sci fi films of the 1950 s were subliminal or not so subliminal attacks on a perceived red menace Sharlet tells of the genesis of the film The Blob and how it was directed by a fellow specifically intending to mainstream his fundamentalist Christian notions and how the elements that led to the production came together at one of Abram Vereide s gatheringsA red menace indeedWhile one can use the Blob image effectively to portray how this movement functions and the visible tip of the iceberg shielding the unseen nine tenths what works best for me is seeing the movement Sharlet describes as prionic in nature Prions are infectious proteins that can lie low for extended periods of time or stealth infections The proteins that make them up are present in all people but the special ones that become prions are ultimately deadly Prions are what cause Mad Cow Disease and similar awful diseases The Family The Fellowship are doing their best to spread their particular brand of infection throughout the body politic In particular the spreaders of this worldview are interested in people in power It is certainly possible to sell to working people an ideology based on the privileges of wealth Just look at the anti healthcare reform screamers at town hall meetings But a likelier medium in which to plant those seeds is with those who already have a large wedge of the pie These supposedly religious people would have us believe that they are submitting themselves to the will of god of Jesus in particular But there is only one thing before which they really fall to their knees power It does not matter how many tens hundreds thousands even millions of people die at the hands of their members friends and sympathizers It does not matter to them how many lives are ruined by their steering of government towards wealth and away from work It does not matter to them how much of mother earth is raped and plundered by their corporate supporters What matters is power getting it keeping it wielding it for their private gain and doing all this under the guise of submitting to will of the Lord This movement is an infection in our nation one that will if left unchecked lead to the destruction of our country and possibly by making ours a leadership ridden with a prionic madness These are people who are not afraid to nuke the world in order to save it Be afraid Be very afraidOne aspect of the book is that it is a rather slow read Be prepared to take your time accumulating all the information Sharlet has unearthed There are many players in this enterprise I found that I often came across a name that was unfamiliar and had to backtrack to check his or her mostly his role in the goings on I was disappointed that there was not a list in the back of known members and others who had less than full membership in The Family I was a bit surprised to find Hilary Clinton referenced But do read it please Everyone needs to know what is going beneath our political wet rocksReview posted August 2009Updated and reposted June 5 2015EXTRA STUFFLinks to the author s personal Twitter and Instagram pagesThe Revealer a site Sharlet started to report on media coverage of religion The work here is mostly by othersCall Me Ishmael Jeff s on line journal not his paying gigSharlet s interview with Jon Stewart is worth checking outAn article Sharlet wrote for Harper s in 2009 on religion in the military Jesus Killed Mohammed Scary but must read May 26 2018 NY Times A Christian Nationalist Blitz by Katherine Stewart Where activist faith meets fascism June 20 2018 NY Times The Christian Right Adopts a 50 State Strategy by Katherine Stewart The danger spreads December 31 2018 NY Times Why Trump Reigns as King Cyrus by Katherine Stewart a very frightening look at how the evangelical right views Trump and justifies his many crimes August 29 2019 Vulture What The Family Reveals About White Evangelicals Donald Trump and the Wolf King by Sarah Jones This is a great interview with both author Jeff Sharlett and Jesse Moss the filmmaker responsible for the Netflix series that was based on it Check it out Pretty alarming stuff July 1 2020 NPR White Supremacist Ideas Have Historical Roots In US Christianity by Tom Djelten July 15 2020 Time These States Leaders Claim to Be Pro Life So Why Are So Many of Their Citizens Dying of COVID 19 By William J Barber II and Jonathan Wilson Hartgrove UOTESp 35Regarding a talk given by David Coe son of Doug Coe the Family head at Ivanwald a Family home in Arlington VA The subject is how God can forgive King David for all the atrocities he committedHe turned to Beau Beau let s say I hear you raped three little girls And now here you are at Ivanwald What would I think of you Beau Beau given to bellowing Ivanwald s daily call to sports like a bull elephant shrank into the cushions Probably that I m pretty bad No Beau David s voice was kind I wouldn t He drew Beau back into the circle with a stare that seemed to have its own gravitational pull Beau nodded brow furrowed as if in the presence of something profound Because David continued I m not here to judge you That s not my job I m here for only one thing Do you know that that is Understanding blossomed in Beau s eyes Jesus he said David smiled and winkedP 43 they take the same approach to religion that Ronald Reagan took to economics says a Senate staffer named Neil McBride a political liberal with conservative convictions that puts him at odds with the Family s unorthodox fundamentalism Reach the elite and the blessings will trickle down to the underlings P 44They view themselves as the new chosen and claim a Christian doctrine of covenantalism meaning covenants not only between God and humanity but at every level of society replacing the rule of law and its secular contracts P 44In documents provided to members it is explained that The cell has veto rights over each member s life and everyone pledges to monitor the others for deviation from Christ s will A document called Thoughts on a Core Group explains that Communists use cells as their basic structure The mafia operates like this and the basic unit of the Marine Corps is the four man suad Hitler Lenin and many others understood the power of a small core of people Jesus continues the document does not relate to all souls euallyp 181One Irvin Yeaworth a director of Christian education films was looking to broadcast his message into the mainstream The result was The Blobp 43 Rights the Family taught are the product of an arrogant mind an infringement on God s authorityp 90A rich man may have little hope of getting into heaven but an envious one could turn to violence and lose all hope for this world or the next Abram had to help such creatures the derelicts the failures How By helping those who could help them the high and the mighty that they might distribute the Lord s blessings to the little men whose envy would be soothed violence averted disorder controlledAbram would coin a phrase for this vision the new world order p 216Contrasting American fundamentalism to secularismin 1962 Bill Brightwho founded Campus Crusade one of the biggest popular fundamentalist groups in the world put it succinctly We worship a person they worship ideas That was American fundamentalism s Christ a person purged of the ideas that defined him as if what mattered most about Jesus was the color of his eyes and the shape of his beardp 254Doug Coe the chief honcho of The Family cites one of his favorite scripture verses Matthew 1820 When two or three are gathered together in my name there I am in the midst of thtem Hitler Goebbels and Himmler were three men Think of the immense power these three men had these nobodies from nowhere Actually emotional and mental problems Prisoners From the street But they bound themselves together in an agreement and they died together Two years before they moved into Poland these three men had a study done systematically a plan drawn out and put on paper to annihilate the entire Polish population and destroy by numbers every single house he bangs the podium dop dop dop and every single building in Warsaw and then to start on the rest of Poland It worked Coe says they killed 6 million Polish people p 269A Kansas businessman who calls Senator Sam Brownback his friend and has known him for years told me that the de facto price of doing business with the senator the cost of admission for a single meeting was last he checked 2000 p 274 Hillary Clinton once said she regretted that her denomination the Methodists had focused too much on Social Gospel concerns that is the rights of the poor to the exclusion of personal faith and growth the spirit conservative Christians believe matters than the flesh and the salvation of the former should be a higher priority than that of the latter In worldly terms religious freedom trumps political freedom moral values matter than food on the table and if might doesn t make right it sure makes right or wrong easierp 276For all The Family s talk of Jesus as a person he remains oddly abstract in the teachings they derive from him a mix of free market economics aggressive American internationalism and leadership as a fetishized term for power a good in itself regardless of its ends p 386Fundamentalism wants to ease the pain to banish fear forget loneliness to erase desire Populist fundamentalism does so by offering a certainty a fixed story about the relationship between this world and the world to come elite fundamentalism certain in its entitlement responds in this world with a politics of noblesse oblige the missionary impulse married to military and economic power The result is empire Not the old imperialism of Rome or the Ottomans or the British Navy that of a central power forcing weaker groups to pay tribute Rather the soft empire of America that across the span of the twentieth century recruited fundamentalism to its cause even as it seduced 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against God who has placed the worthy in their positions of ownership and power Perhaps a better term for this might be Deo Fascism It will come as no surprise that major funding for this movement has always been found among the corporate elite of the country and a major effort by this movement throughout its history has been to do all in their power to defeat organized laborI learned some new alarming things in reading this I always knew that many of the sci fi films of the 1950 s were subliminal or not so subliminal attacks on a perceived red menace Sharlet tells of the Blood in the Dust genesis of the film The Blob and how it was directed by a fellow specifically intending to mainstream his fundamentalist Christian notions and how the elements that led to the production came together at one of Abram Vereide s Living to Tell the Tale A Guide to Writing Memoir gatheringsA red menace indeedWhile one can use the Blob image effectively to portray how this movement functions and the 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REVIEW The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power REVIEW Õ DDTUST-UDA.RU Ø Jeff Sharlet Jeff Sharlet Ø 1 FREE DOWNLOAD S angry masses but its sophisticated elites Sharlet follows the story back to Abraham Vereide an immigrant preacher who in 1935 organized a small group of businessmen sympathetic to European fascism fusing the far right with his own polite but authoritarian faith From that core Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power a family that thrives to this day In public they host Prayer Breakfasts; in private they preach a gospel of biblical capitalism military might and American empire Citing Hitler Lenin and Mao as leadership models the Family's current leader Doug Coe declares We work with power where we can build new power where we can'tSharlet's discoveries dramatically challenge. This book was read in March April 2013 It is a fascinating book chockfull of grand conspiracy theories that sound almost ridiculous unless one watches the news or reads up on what is actually happening in the worldJeff Sharlet is a better man than me As testament to either his objectivity as a journalist or his evolved sense of non judgmentalism Sharlet never once refers to the people he is writing about as fanatics lunatics nutjobs whackos Jesus freaks or insane Nor does he call them fascists bullies or creeps Many of these words and floated through my brain as I read Sharlet s phenomenally disturbing book The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power which is very odd because ten years ago I may have actually sympathized with and related to the people about which Sharlet s book is writtenTen years ago I would have called myself a Born Again Christian and I probably would have said it if not with pride then without shame Today I have a hard time calling myself a Deist let alone a Christian not because I denounce the teachings of Christ on the contrary I try my best to live by them but because in my humble opinion a portion of the people who call themselves Christians are not I realize that this sounds extremely judgmental and presumptuous on my part but I can t help the way I feel Christianity as it is practiced by I would like to say a minority but I don t have any statistics on this nor do I think any truly ualitative statement can adeuately be made about this as it is my opinion based solely on observation and experience so I will simply say some has subverted the true lessons of Christ Sharlet seems to think this as well although he is a little elouent about it He is also a lot sympathetic towards the mostly men in the book many of whom were and I suspect still are friends of Sharlet when he was invited to live in the nondescript suburban house in Arlington Virginia called by its inhabitants Ivanwald This house is the central headuarters of the Family of Sharlet s title Also known as The Fellowship this group is comprised of the Washington power elite State Representatives Senators Judges lobbyists and yes Presidents who use the home as a kind of Christian commune Nonpartisan although Sharlet admits that there are far Republicans than Democrats and open to women although again Sharlet admits that there is only a handful of women involved the Family has been for decades an organization of Christ centered they do not like to call themselves Christians people of political clout who come together for prayer and spiritual guidance Charles W Colson the Nixon aideWatergate felon who converted to Christianity in prison and a respected member of the Family in 1979 once estimated the Family s strength at 20000 although the number of dedicated associates around the globe is much smaller around 350 as of 2006 p20 Looked at one way these devout men could appear to be a harmless selection of the creme de la creme of Washington DC elite One could almost respect and admire them and for the most part it seems Sharlet does Looked at another way however The Family is a frightening organization working within the shadows and under the guise of piety and religiosity bent on accumulation of power and world wide domination It may sound melodramatic and off the wall until one looks deeply at the history of this organization an organization of men who according to Sharlet consider themselves a core of men responsible for changing the world p 3 The History It s not a stretch to say that America is probably one of the most religious countries in the world Religion is after all one of the main reasons that settlers from England first arrived on this country s shores Sharlet writes America has been infused with religion since the day in 1630 when the Puritan John Winthrop preparing to cross the Atlantic to found the Massachussetts Bay Colony declared the New World the city upon a hill spoken of by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew p 2 The Pilgrims and our Founding Fathers spoke in the vocabulary of religion and their many decisions that helped shape this country were decisions weighed by their religious convictions Our earliest literature is the sermons of the famous fire and brimstone preacher John Edwards From him we see the embryo of American fundamentalism The fundamentalism of our colonial era as compared to the fundamentalism of today was however vastly different according to Sharlet American fundamentalism s original sentiments were as radically democratic in theory as they have become repressive in practice its dream not that of Christian theocracy but of a return to the first century of Christ worship before there was a thing called Christianity p 4 Arguably of course our colonial government was as theocratic as one can get but it lacked something that today s fundamentalists seem to have no lack of a lust for power over othersI have heard many Christians say that they oppose the concept of imposing their morality upon others and I believe many of them when they say that It s the ultra conservative right wing fundamentalists who I worry about They don t say it because they don t oppose it Their goal is to impose their morality on everyone and they aren t afraid to admit it Sharlet writes Both populists and elites within the Family call their attempts to control the lives of others evangelism p8 Whether it s an attempt to prevent women from having the choice of abortions or preventing gay couples from reaping the benefits of marriage Christian fundamentalists clearly want to set the rules and they cleverly attempt to do this using the Christ card If the Family had their way Sharlet implies abortion would be outlawed gay marriage would be outlawed homosexuality would be outlawed Divorce adultery pornography the list of things that they would most likely love to see abolished would be uite long So why does the rational minded liberal Christian and secular segments of the population not speak out One of the reasons is that very few people even know the Family exists not because they are secretive but simply because they do not talk about it The Family is Fight Club the first rule of the Family is Don t talk about the Family Second rule is Don t talk about the FamilyAs Sharlet explains This so called underground is not a conspiracy Rather it s a seventy year old movement of elite fundamentalism bent not on salvation for all but on the cultivation of the powerful key men chosen by God to direct the affairs of the nation p7 In simpler terms as the Family themselves describes in a confidential mission statement We desire to see a leadership led by God p 19 So who started this Family and why The answer begins with one man Abraham Veriede Known by most people as Abram Veriede was a Norwegian born preacher who arrived in this country right before the catastrophic effects of the Great Depression devastated this country Somewhat annoyed by what he saw as an effiminization of Christianity Abram longed for a faith made of sterner stuff Sharlet writes For nearly 2000 years Abram concluded Christianity that is the religion the rituals the stuff of men with their weak sinful minds had bent all its energies toward the poor the sick the starving The down and out Christianity gave them fishes when it could and hope when it had nothing else to offer But what good had it done What had been accomplished between Calvary and 1935 p 89 In Abram s mind the answer to that uestion was nothing Instead of preaching to the so called down and out Abram shifted his focus on people who could based on their own successes get things done men of industry and power the Carnegies and Rockefellers of the world This in essence was Abram s revelation To the big man went strength to the little man went need Only the big man was capable of mending the world p 89 Sharlet describes Abram s theology as a religion for the elite the up and out as he called them and called his trickle down faith the Idea and it was really the only idea he ever had p 91 Abram envisioned a world ruled by powerful men who were themselves ruled by Christ a perfect world in his opinion He coined the phrase new world order to describe this brave new world The uestions were where and when to begin Thankfully a dockworker strike in 1934 in San Francisco helped answer those uestions This was the spark that lit Abram s movement Elite fundamentalism took as its first challenge the destruction of militant labor Destruction was not the word Christians used however They called it cooperation p 108 Among the list of enemies of Abram s elite fundamentalists in those days were unions communists and Father Coughlin the popular radio priest from Detroit Michigan Coughlin was full of hatred for the capitalists who had lined their silk pockets Coughlin as much as or than the communists seemed like he might call for blood one day and soon p 115 This Abrams could not allow In Abram s worldview it was common people like Coughlin and the rest of the nation s poor who represented a blockade for the creation of Christ s Kingdom on Earth Money was the key something that the poor obviously lacked which therefore made them insignificant Ironically Money was like power Those who had it should not speak of it concern themselves with it acknowledge its existence as a factor To do so was worse than bad manners it was blasphemy an attempt to refute God s ordering of economic affairs p 115 Abram s theology clearly struck a chord in the minds of the rich men to whom he preached a group of men whom as Abram said did not want to be preached at p115 Who knew telling your audience exactly what they want to hear would work so well It wasn t long before Abram had his first key player Arthur Langlie A representative of the New Order of Cincinnatus a group of young businessmen who were opposed to FDR s New Deal Arthur Langlie became a city council member in Seattle in 1934 Langlie ran under a popular platform that had two solutions to economic malaise slash taxes and attack vice As councilman Langlie purged the city s police department He then turned his ax toward the fire department poor moral specimens and public school teachers indoctrinating the youth with godless notions p 118 Strange how times haven t changed much Eventually Langlie ran for and won the position of mayor Unions didn t stand a chance under Mayor Langlie Good government as Langlie called his platform of budget slashing and punishing moral rectitude trumped labor p 120 He promised to end political corruption but he didn t so much end corruption as legalize it Langlie wasn t opposed to a government organized around the interests of the greedy he just didn t want to have to break the law to serve them p 120 Graft and greed for the glory of God was good So Langlie accepted the constraints of democracy as he found them He did what business asked purged welfare rolls abolished guaranteed wage laws denounced Democrats as un American In 1942 he investigated the possibility of using martial law to suppress organized labor but when his advisors told him it would be unconstitutional he settled for ordinary strikebreaking He governed in other words as a right wing Republican p 122 After Langlie numerous other protegees and devotees of Abram began to surface around the country coming into positions of power One of those students was Henry Ford Abram took Ford under his wing who was naturally attracted to Abram s theology of biblical capitalism which was for Ford a brilliant marriage of two of Ford s interests the Gospel and fascism While Abram himself never uite adopted the language and spirit of fascism his theology was nevertheless conducive to some of fascism s attributes Nazi sympathizers like Ford Charles Lindbergh and Baron von der Rapp a former German nationalist and a Christian preacher were inevitably uite taken with Abram s fundamentalism Rapp taught that the poor with their demands for government services which he understood as a failure to trust that God would provide were the adversaries of the church But not through their own doing rather absent some modicum of prosperity they were too bitter to properly appreciate Christ s providence p 173 He went on to preach that God is not the God of ethics of morality God is great God made this order and chose its leaders p 175 Sadly this mindset God wants the rich to get richer and the poor to get poorer has been carried over into the current fundamentalist worldview Power for its own sake is all that matters Perhaps this is illustrated best in the most powerful man currently in the Family Doug Coe David Kuo a former special assistant to the president during George W Bush s first term and author of Tempting Faith The Inside Story of a Political Seduction soon discovered that Bush may have talked the talk in regards to his faith but didn t really walk the walk In Kuo s book he recounts the story of how he and a few others transformed the Office of Faith Based Initiatives into the very Republican vote getting machine its critics had accused it of being from the beginning We laid out a plan whereby we would hold roundtable events for threatened incumbents with faith and community leaders he writes In 2002 those roundtables contributed to nineteen out of twenty victories in targeted races p 383 Disillusioned by his experience in the political arena with Bush and his fellow elite fundamentalists Bush by the way is a member of the Family as if there was ever any uestion Kuo uit his position after Bush s first term Kuo writes We were good people forced to run a sad charade to provide political cover to a White House that needed compassion and religion as political tools p 383 Embedded in that last statement though is the uestion Could they honestly call themselves good people As Kuo said The Fellowship s reach into governments around the world is almost impossible to overstate or even grasp p 25 The Family according to Sharlet has wormed its way into so many coups and revolutions throughout the world resulting in millions of deaths all in the name of furthering the great cause of global Christian fundamentalist totalitarian rule Yet they are immune from prosecution and blame How is this possibleOne reason is the dedicated work of one man Doug Coe Coe was personally chosen by Abram to be his successor and he has been doing a phenomenal job ever since In 2005 Time magazine labeled Abram s successor Doug Coe the stealth persuader a term that might just as easily have fit his mentor p 91 92 D Michael Lindsay a Rice University sociologist said One in three of 360 evangelical elites interviewed mentioned Coe or the fellowship as an important influence Indeed there is no other organization like the Fellowship especially among religious groups in terms of its access or clout among the country s leadership p 25 Coe normally a uiet man who does not allow himself to be interviewed or even photographed that often has gone on record saying We work with power where we can build new power where we can t Among the many powers that the Family has worked with around the globe are dictators like Suharto and Duvalier vicious monsters notorious for their genocide but also their Christianity Coe remains unapologetic It is according to him and the Family all for the glory of God They can get away with it because there is nothing to tie the Family to these dictators Everything is done through private channels and no documentation exists That a group like the Family exists at all is terrifying disgusting but probably not that surprising That so few people know or even care is the shocking part Bewildering is the number of people who will probably read The Family and walk away thinking that it is ultimately a good thing what the Family is doing That is simply unforgivable Then again if I still considered myself a born again Christian I may have walked away from Sharlet s book with a much different take away message too Finding Your Voice A Woman's Guide to Using Self Talk for Fulfilling Relationships Work and Life group of businessmen sympathetic to European fascism fusing the far right with his own polite but authoritarian faith From that core Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power a family that thrives to this day In public they host Prayer Breakfasts; in private they preach a Mogorva nyár Halkirálynő #5 gospel of biblical capitalism military might and American empire Citing Hitler Lenin and Mao as leadership models the Family's current leader Doug Coe declares We work with power where we can build new power where we can'tSharlet's discoveries dramatically challenge. This book was read in March April 2013 It is a fascinating book chockfull of Sutra Ungu grand conspiracy theories that sound almost ridiculous unless one watches the news or reads up on what is actually happening in the worldJeff Sharlet is a better man than me As testament to either his objectivity as a journalist or his evolved sense of non judgmentalism Sharlet never once refers to the people he is writing about as fanatics lunatics nutjobs whackos Jesus freaks or insane Nor does he call them fascists bullies or creeps Many of these words and floated through my brain as I read Sharlet s phenomenally disturbing book The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power which is very odd because ten years ago I may have actually sympathized with and related to the people about which Sharlet s book is writtenTen years ago I would have called myself a Born Again Christian and I probably would have said it if not with pride then without shame Today I have a hard time calling myself a Deist let alone a Christian not because I denounce the teachings of Christ on the contrary I try my best to live by them but because in my humble opinion a portion of the people who call themselves Christians are not I realize that this sounds extremely judgmental and presumptuous on my part but I can t help the way I feel Christianity as it is practiced by I would like to say a minority but I don t have any statistics on this nor do I think any truly ualitative statement can adeuately be made about this as it is my opinion based solely on observation and experience so I will simply say some has subverted the true lessons of Christ Sharlet seems to think this as well although he is a little elouent about it He is also a lot sympathetic towards the mostly men in the book many of whom were and I suspect still are friends of Sharlet when he was invited to live in the nondescript suburban house in Arlington Virginia called by its inhabitants Ivanwald This house is the central headuarters of the Family of Sharlet s title Also known as The Fellowship this যত কান্ড কাঠমান্ডুতে group is comprised of the Washington power elite State Representatives Senators Judges lobbyists and yes Presidents who use the home as a kind of Christian commune Nonpartisan although Sharlet admits that there are far Republicans than Democrats and open to women although again Sharlet admits that there is only a handful of women involved the Family has been for decades an organization of Christ centered they do not like to call themselves Christians people of political clout who come together for prayer and spiritual Lady First guidance Charles W Colson the Nixon aideWatergate felon who converted to Christianity in prison and a respected member of the Family in 1979 once estimated the Family s strength at 20000 although the number of dedicated associates around the Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats: with illustrations by Rebecca Ashdown (Faber Children's Classics) government was as theocratic as one can Darkest Mercy get but it lacked something that today s fundamentalists seem to have no lack of a lust for power over othersI have heard many Christians say that they oppose the concept of imposing their morality upon others and I believe many of them when they say that It s the ultra conservative right wing fundamentalists who I worry about They don t say it because they don t oppose it Their Cold Hearted Rake goal is to impose their morality on everyone and they aren t afraid to admit it Sharlet writes Both populists and elites within the Family call their attempts to control the lives of others evangelism p8 Whether it s an attempt to prevent women from having the choice of abortions or preventing Alban Berg A Guide to Research Composer Resource Manuals gay couples from reaping the benefits of marriage Christian fundamentalists clearly want to set the rules and they cleverly attempt to do this using the Christ card If the Family had their way Sharlet implies abortion would be outlawed The Culture of Homelessness gave them fishes when it could and hope when it had nothing else to offer But what Callings good had it done What had been accomplished between Calvary and 1935 p 89 In Abram s mind the answer to that uestion was nothing Instead of preaching to the so called down and out Abram shifted his focus on people who could based on their own successes Me and My Sisters Devlin Sisters #1 get things done men of industry and power the Carnegies and Rockefellers of the world This in essence was Abram s revelation To the big man went strength to the little man went need Only the big man was capable of mending the world p 89 Sharlet describes Abram s theology as a religion for the elite the up and out as he called them and called his trickle down faith the Idea and it was really the only idea he ever had p 91 Abram envisioned a world ruled by powerful men who were themselves ruled by Christ a perfect world in his opinion He coined the phrase new world order to describe this brave new world The uestions were where and when to begin Thankfully a dockworker strike in 1934 in San Francisco helped answer those uestions This was the spark that lit Abram s movement Elite fundamentalism took as its first challenge the destruction of militant labor Destruction was not the word Christians used however They called it cooperation p 108 Among the list of enemies of Abram s elite fundamentalists in those days were unions communists and Father Coughlin the popular radio priest from Detroit Michigan Coughlin was full of hatred for the capitalists who had lined their silk pockets Coughlin as much as or than the communists seemed like he might call for blood one day and soon p 115 This Abrams could not allow In Abram s worldview it was common people like Coughlin and the rest of the nation s poor who represented a blockade for the creation of Christ s Kingdom on Earth Money was the key something that the poor obviously lacked which therefore made them insignificant Ironically Money was like power Those who had it should not speak of it concern themselves with it acknowledge its existence as a factor To do so was worse than bad manners it was blasphemy an attempt to refute God s ordering of economic affairs p 115 Abram s theology clearly struck a chord in the minds of the rich men to whom he preached a The Resume Design Book group of men whom as Abram said did not want to be preached at p115 Who knew telling your audience exactly what they want to hear would work so well It wasn t long before Abram had his first key player Arthur Langlie A representative of the New Order of Cincinnatus a Prelude to Foundation godless notions p 118 Strange how times haven t changed much Eventually Langlie ran for and won the position of mayor Unions didn t stand a chance under Mayor Langlie Good The Life List government as Langlie called his platform of budget slashing and punishing moral rectitude trumped labor p 120 He promised to end political corruption but he didn t so much end corruption as legalize it Langlie wasn t opposed to a The Toy Box government organized around the interests of the Cliffs of Opal greedy he just didn t want to have to break the law to serve them p 120 Graft and Den grænseløse greed for the Winter Holiday Godine Storyteller glory of God was Fools good So Langlie accepted the constraints of democracy as he found them He did what business asked purged welfare rolls abolished Wicked Whispers guaranteed wage laws denounced Democrats as un American In 1942 he investigated the possibility of using martial law to suppress organized labor but when his advisors told him it would be unconstitutional he settled for ordinary strikebreaking He Boundless Tracing Land and Dream in a New Northwest Passage governed in other words as a right wing Republican p 122 After Langlie numerous other protegees and devotees of Abram began to surface around the country coming into positions of power One of those students was Henry Ford Abram took Ford under his wing who was naturally attracted to Abram s theology of biblical capitalism which was for Ford a brilliant marriage of two of Ford s interests the Gospel and fascism While Abram himself never uite adopted the language and spirit of fascism his theology was nevertheless conducive to some of fascism s attributes Nazi sympathizers like Ford Charles Lindbergh and Baron von der Rapp a former German nationalist and a Christian preacher were inevitably uite taken with Abram s fundamentalism Rapp taught that the poor with their demands for River Bodies Northampton County #1 government services which he understood as a failure to trust that God would provide were the adversaries of the church But not through their own doing rather absent some modicum of prosperity they were too bitter to properly appreciate Christ s providence p 173 He went on to preach that God is not the God of ethics of morality God is Warriors great God made this order and chose its leaders p 175 Sadly this mindset God wants the rich to Criminal get richer and the poor to The Alpha Female get poorer has been carried over into the current fundamentalist worldview Power for its own sake is all that matters Perhaps this is illustrated best in the most powerful man currently in the Family Doug Coe David Kuo a former special assistant to the president during George W Bush s first term and author of Tempting Faith The Inside Story of a Political Seduction soon discovered that Bush may have talked the talk in regards to his faith but didn t really walk the walk In Kuo s book he recounts the story of how he and a few others transformed the Office of Faith Based Initiatives into the very Republican vote Durham A Thousand Years of History and Legend getting machine its critics had accused it of being from the beginning We laid out a plan whereby we would hold roundtable events for threatened incumbents with faith and community leaders he writes In 2002 those 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REVIEW The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power REVIEW Õ DDTUST-UDA.RU Ø Jeff Sharlet Jeff Sharlet Ø 1 FREE DOWNLOAD Conventional wisdom about American fundamentalism revealing its crucial role in the unraveling of the New Deal the waging of the cold war and the no holds barred economics of globalization The uestion Sharlet believes we must ask is not What do fundamentalists want but What have they already donePart history part investigative journalism The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power a story that stretches from the religious revivals that have shaken this nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's new frontiers No other book about the right has exposed the Family or revealed its far reaching impact on democracy and no future reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore. I d been looking for some light reading something uick and thought this was an expansion of Sharlet s 2003 article on Ivanwald As I indicated I had a personal interest in the topic and had been putting off reading the book which I d never seen Instead I ended up with this long sprawling book on the whole structure of elite fundamentalism going back to the 17th cenThere is very little on Ivanwald here and Sharlet seems to think of himself as the James Michener of the genre The book is MUCH too long for my taste and over written it reads for long stretches almost novelistically and he ain t no Faulkner So I found this frustrating I also should note that Sharlet himself is sympathetic to the project of faith He s just a bit uncomfortable with the fascistization of it that he is witnessing And I am not sympathetic to that eitherOn the other hand there is a lot of material here of importance on the structure of American fascism What I found most useful was his discussion of the absorption of fascist elements and Nazi personnel into the Family during the 1930s and 1940s ch 5 and his chilling account of Coe s 1989 lecture in ch 9 The rest of the book could have been reduced by at last 80% That said the book terrified me Sharlet makes a strong case for the pervasiveness of Coe s influence at the very highest levels of government and business and the miltary something I can confirm from anecdote and private communication Coe s message or agenda ultimately is that the nations are made to bow in obedience and loyalty to an entrenched capitalist power elite sanctified and privatized that is any countermanding State will be defanged in the centuries to come This elite will operate not through institutions but through covenants of faithIt is hard to argue that this has not already largely come aboutThis is Jeff Sharlet is his father also shows how far into all this stuff Hillary Clinton has driftedHaving just read the book I then caught this article just read the book I asked uestions about this article I never would have asked before I have no answers Who precisely IS this organization she was speaking to is official not NGO What then are the liberties they are trying to protect freedom of speech or freedom of religionWhy are all the signatories or most of them from right wing countriesAnd why is HIllary involved with such a groupI have no answers but my nose is starting to twitch Flat World Navigation globalization The uestion Sharlet believes we must ask is not What do fundamentalists want but What have they already donePart history part investigative journalism The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power a story that stretches from the religious revivals that have shaken this nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's new frontiers No other book about the right has exposed the Family or revealed its far reaching impact on democracy and no future reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore. I d been looking for some light reading something uick and thought this was an expansion of Sharlet s 2003 article on Ivanwald As I indicated I had a personal interest in the topic and had been putting off reading the book which I d never seen Instead I ended up with this long sprawling book on the whole structure of elite fundamentalism A House of My Own Stories from My Life going back to the 17th cenThere is very little on Ivanwald here and Sharlet seems to think of himself as the James Michener of the Under Her Command (The Bosss Pet, #5) genre The book is MUCH too long for my taste and over written it reads for long stretches almost novelistically and he ain t no Faulkner So I found this frustrating I also should note that Sharlet himself is sympathetic to the project of faith He s just a bit uncomfortable with the fascistization of it that he is witnessing And I am not sympathetic to that eitherOn the other hand there is a lot of material here of importance on the structure of American fascism What I found most useful was his discussion of the absorption of fascist elements and Nazi personnel into the Family during the 1930s and 1940s ch 5 and his chilling account of Coe s 1989 lecture in ch 9 The rest of the book could have been reduced by at last 80% That said the book terrified me Sharlet makes a strong case for the pervasiveness of Coe s influence at the very highest levels of El Gaucho Martín FierroLa vuelta de Martín Fierro government and business and the miltary something I can confirm from anecdote and private communication Coe s message or agenda ultimately is that the nations are made to bow in obedience and loyalty to an entrenched capitalist power elite sanctified and privatized that is any countermanding State will be defanged in the centuries to come This elite will operate not through institutions but through covenants of faithIt is hard to argue that this has not already largely come aboutThis is Jeff Sharlet is his father also shows how far into all this stuff Hillary Clinton has driftedHaving just read the book I then caught this article just read the book I asked uestions about this article I never would have asked before I have no answers Who precisely IS this organization she was speaking to is official not NGO What then are the liberties they are trying to protect freedom of speech or freedom of religionWhy are all the signatories or most of them from right wing countriesAnd why is HIllary involved with such a Fragonard Art and Eroticism groupI have no answers but my nose is starting to twitch

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  • The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
  • Jeff Sharlet
  • English
  • 13 September 2018
  • 9780060559793