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Religious Diversity in American Electoral Politics

  • Fri, Jul 20 2007

 In recent decades, the importance of religion in American elections has become obvious. The rise of the Religious Right has meant that white evangelical Protestants are an important component of the contemporary Republican Party, and that Republican electoral successes have largely depended on the ability of the GOP to mobilize these evangelical voters. And yet less attention has been paid to another important way that religion plays a role in electoral politics: Candidates associated too closely with a particular religious tradition may be handicapped by identification with that tradition. The key to understanding why lies…

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Politics at the Checkout Line

  • Wed, Jun 20 2007
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The evils of consumption have been trumpeted for over a century by many celebrated critics of capitalism. Karl Marx disparaged capitalism’s emphasis on consumption over production as a perversion of human nature. Thorstein Veblen sounded alarm over “conspicuous consumption” and economic waste, and John Kenneth Galbraith warned that excessive consumption fueled by advertising would defeat the public sector. More recently, the drumbeat has continued with Benjamin Barber's claim in Consumed that consumer culture hurts American democracy. And yet alongside these denunciations has come a surge of interest in a very different view. Increasingly, the case is being…

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