By Michael Northcott
This passionately argued e-book offers 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 residence and George W. Bush lies an apocalyptic imaginative and prescient of the United States's sacred future "at the tip of history", a imaginative and prescient that's shared by means of thousands of american citizens. The authors hint the roots of yank apocalyptic to Puritan Millennialism and modern fundamentalist readings of the e-book of Revelation. They recommend that americans urgently have to get better a critique of Empire of the type espoused by means of the founding father of Christianity - otherwise possibility turning into idolaters of a brand new Holy Roman Empire that leads others into servitude.
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Premillennialists also believe that true believers will be ‘raptured’ or plucked off the planet by God before the Great Tribulation, so that only those ‘left behind’ will have to face the terrors of the end time. The widespread adoption of premillennialism in twentieth-century America was driven forward by the fading of the dream of the founders of a liberal commonwealth of self-governing communities. The dream faded in the appalling devastation of the Civil War, and the subsequent rise of the new megaliths, the joint stock-holding corporation and an increasingly powerful federal government,1 which bestride American history from the mid-nineteenth century.
3 But the emergence of an industrial economy and of mercantile capitalism produced a new collective mode of social life, and of governance, which meant that modern humans in general, and modern Americans in particular, found themselves caught up in an economic market that made of them one society. The existence of this new collective economic form assisted and enabled the emergence of a more powerful nation-state whose ruling elites were closely linked with the key agency of the industrial economy, the joint stock-holding corporation.
Initially restrained by the democratic nature of early company law in America, the corporation soon acquired power over the communities that originally owned controlling stock in them. 4 The growth of the idea of America as a single economic market, and of American corporate capitalism, also has roots in the earliest settler traditions. Alongside the Puritan political and religious 46 an angel directs the storm tradition of the self-reliant individual, and of the congregation as a democratic and self-governing assembly, was the tradition of capitalist mercantilism, whose first form in the Americas was the plantation economy of the Virginian settlers with their aristocratic conception of society.
An Angel Directs The Storm: Apocalyptic Religion And American Empire by Michael Northcott