By Michael Northcott
This passionately argued publication offers the 1st in-depth research of the spiritual politics of present American neo-conservatism. It indicates that at the back of the neo-imperialism of the White condo 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 way 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 way of the founding father of Christianity - in any other case threat turning into idolaters of a brand new Holy Roman Empire that leads others into servitude.
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Many of those attracted to radical Islamism are rural migrants newly arrived in industrial cities, ejected from their traditional villages by the economic and technical forces of modernity from which Islamic governments have failed, or been unable, to protect them. 71 Other radical Islamists are returnees from study in the West, where they have been radicalised by their experiences. In student hostels they often come under the influence of radical Islamists who use new students’ sense of alienation in the midst of different cultural and particularly sexual mores, and the fact that they are far from moderate influences at home, to convert them to the radical Islamist struggle with the West and with compromised Muslim rulers.
21 The vision of America as the new Israel implied a redemptive purpose in God’s hand on American history not just to confer liberty on Americans but literally to redeem the world from tyranny and to reconcile humanity with God. And this destiny then justified the expansion of American supremacy. As Boston Unitarian preacher William Ellery Channing put it in 1837: The more civilized must always exert a great power over the less civilized communities in their neighborhood. 22 Drunk with destiny, America need not scruple at the violence it deploys to subdue and civilise the neighbourhood.
42 US Cold War intervention was not of course limited to the Americas. US influence in the Middle East had been minimal until the end of the Second World War, when it began to take up the imperial role of Britain, whose capacity to run an empire after a war that left the country in deep penury was at an end in 1945. US interests in the Middle East were in part explicable under the Cold War doctrine. But there are two vital factors driving US policy in this region that have nothing to do with Communism or the Soviet Union, or at least not ostensibly: one is the US commitment to a Jewish homeland, which has deep roots in US Christian millennialist readings of the end of history; the other relates to the United States’ gargantuan appetite for oil.