Stanford historian Richard White argues that Sanders best represents the Gilded Age socialists of the late 19th-century. Here is a taste of his piece at The New York Times: The socialists Mr. Sanders most resembles were Gilded Age intellectuals, reformers, union members and ordinary citizens who self-labeled as socialist. There were immigrants among them, but the … Continue reading Thinking Historically About Bernie’s Socialism
It was the Ad Council. Oana Godeanu-Kenworthy of Miami University explains at The Conversation:
This Fox News segment got some traction yesterday: Comments: 1. Robert Jeffress claims that Democrats are on the wrong side of every major faith issue, especially abortion. He always pivots to abortion because he believes it is the most important faith issue on the table. Fair enough. But he also pivots to abortion because he … Continue reading Why Robert Jeffress Needs Socialism
Falwell Jr. has teamed with conservative pundit Charlie Kirk to form “The Falkirk Center” at Liberty University. (The name comes from a combination of their names). Here is Liberty’s rationale for the new think tank: “The need for the Falkirk Center has grown as powerful voices and institutions are increasingly seeking to eliminate Judeo-Christian principles … Continue reading Liberty University Opens a Think Tank to Stop the Media from Converting Americans to Socialism
And the crowd goes wild: A few comments: 12 men have already walked on the face of the moon. Perhaps its time we put a woman on the face of the moon. 🙂 Perhaps someone can explain to me the relationship between “defeating socialism” and “putting a man on the face of the moon.” Notice … Continue reading Donald Trump is Going to “Defeat Socialism and Put a Man on the Face of the Moon”
National Public Radio’s “Here and Now” explores this question with historians Ed Ayers and Nathan Connolly. Here are some highlights: On the definition of socialism Connolly: “I think many people would assume that socialism is very un-American. But there also are very different stripes of it. In the European strain, there was a great … Continue reading What is Socialism?
Mike Pence recently railed against socialism. Here is a taste of a Newsweek article about what he said at the 2019 Conservative Political Action Conference: Vice President Mike Pence continued the Republican attacks on what they claim is socialism infiltrating the Democratic Party, making the dubious claim Friday that it was “freedom, not socialism, that ended … Continue reading Thank God for Big Government (Socialism?)
Jill Lepore, in a piece at The New Yorker, argues that Eugene Debs‘s socialism was deeply rooted in values that were both American and Christian. God and country! Here is a taste: But Debs’s socialism, which was so starry-eyed that his critics called it “impossibilism,” was decidedly American, and had less to do with Karl Marx … Continue reading Debs: Socialism is “merely Christianity in action”
As Duke Univeristy law professor Jedidiah Purdy reminds us, socialism is as American as baseball, apple-pie, and Chevrolet. “Much of today’s socialism,” he argues, “was once the bread and butter of the Democratic Party.” Here is a taste of his piece at Politico: Recent elections are bringing the largest crop of self-described socialist candidates in nearly a century, … Continue reading Patriotic Socialism?
Jeremiah Purdy of The New Yorker shows how Bernie Sanders’s definition of “Democratic Socialism” looks a lot like the policies of F.D.R. and Ike. A taste:We finally know what Bernie Sanders means by “democratic socialism.” Speaking on his political philosophy at Georgetown yesterday, the Vermont senator and Democratic Presidential candidate opened with a long invocation of Franklin Roosevelt and the social protections … Continue reading "Bernie Sanders’s socialism is Eisenhower’s and F.D.R.’s world if Reagan had never happened"
Esteemed Columbia University historian Eric Foner recently gave Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders some advice about how to talk about democratic socialism. The advice came in a letter published in The Nation. In a nutshell, Foner wants Sanders to connect his political ideas to the radical tradition in the United States rather than to … Continue reading Eric Foner Gives Bernie Sanders Some Advice About Democratic Socialism
Last week, during an event called the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, evangelical writers David French and Eric Metaxas had a conversation with host Gabe Lyons about evangelical support for Donald Trump. I let this transcript sit for a few days now. It is now time for commentary. See my remarks in bold. GABE LYONS: “Well as we continue forward with our … Continue reading The French-Metaxas Debate: Some Commentary
NOTE: FOR THE SAME TRANSCRIPT WITH COMMENTARY CLICK HERE Last week, during an event called the Q 2020 Virtual Summit, evangelical writers David French and Eric Metaxas had a conversation with host Gabe Lyons about evangelical support for Donald Trump. French, a writer for The Dispatch, is an anti-Trumper. Metaxas, the host of a Christian radio … Continue reading Transcript of the David French–Eric Metaxas Debate on Evangelicals and Trump
First, there is the general divide in the Democratic Party. The millennials and Gen X-ers seem to like Bernie Sanders. Baby boomers like Joe Biden. Read Eric Levitz’s piece at New York Magazine. Second, there seems to be a divide in how Americans are responding to the coronavirus. Read Rana Foroohar’s piece at Financial Times or this recent Wall … Continue reading I am Hearing About Two Different Generational Divides
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Doctoral students should volunteer Nancy Isenberg reviews Ellen Carol DuBois, Suffrage: Women’s Long Battle for the Vote A Christian defense of socialism The digitization of Freedomways: A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement Hosea Easton and David Walker attempt to debunk scientific racism Jill Lepore on … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: I Refuse to Become Numb to the Daily Immorality Emanating from the White House Evangelicals Need a New Political Playbook What Should We Make of This Picture? Don’t Mess With Jill Biden Randall Balmer Explains Southern Baptists to … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
Over at The New Yorker, Isaac Chotiner interviews Georgetown University historian and Dissent editor Michael Kazin. Here is a taste: Bernie Sanders likes to say that his proposals aren’t very radical if you take a long view of American history. Do you agree with that? I agree and disagree. On the one hand, he’s channelling F.D.R. rather than Eugene … Continue reading Is Bernie Sanders Really a Socialist?
Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home: How American Descendants of Slavery Are Connecting With Their Roots Why Robert Jeffress Needs Socialism Positive Words from the #ExEvangelical Crowd Is the Old Frank(y) Schaeffer Back? From the Mailbag: Help a History Teacher Address Difficult Sources With … Continue reading Most Popular Posts of the Last Week
A few things online that caught my attention this week: Popular historians rely on scholarly historians Obituaries of Republicans who opposed Nixon’s impeachment John McWhorter on the 1619 Project Paula White explains the “satanic pregnancies” comment The meaning of the phrase “knock on wood” Oxford’s first generation of women graduates Jill Lepore on the threat … Continue reading Sunday Night Odds and Ends
Stephen Haynes is the Albert Bruce Curry Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is a Dietrich Bonhoeffer scholar and author of The Battle for Bonhoeffer: Debating Discipleship in the Age of Trump (Eeerdmans, 2018). In this book, Haynes examines “populist” readings of Bonhoeffer, including court evangelical Eric Metaxas’s … Continue reading “An Open Letter to Christians Who Love Bonhoeffer but (Still) Support Trump”