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American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st

Kevin Phillips has seen America

The future of America is worse than bleak, says social critic Kevin Phillips. Over the past few decades, the nation has developed symptoms alarmingly consistent with those of previous world powers nearing implosion. As in late Imperial Rome or Victorian Britain, strategic overreach is generating crippling debts. Religious fervor is impeding rational discourse. The energy source that was the very wellspring of empire is turning into a liability. Even optimists concede that world oil production will begin slipping by mid-century. But America, and particularly its governing Republican coalition, says Phillips, is so blinded by hubris and the radical religious views of a powerful minority that we are unlikely to right the nation

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