Tuesday, November 09, 2004

Monbiot on Puritanism and Bush

I agree with more of George Monbiot's latest - Puritanism of the rich - than I normally do but his last paragraph raises more questions than it answers:
So why has this ideology resurfaced in 2004? Because it has to. The enrichment of the elite and impoverishment of the lower classes requires a justifying ideology if it is to be sustained. In the US this ideology has to be a religious one. Bush's government is forced back to the doctrines of Puritanism as an historical necessity.
What exactly is the mechanism by which this process could possibly occur? Have all of Bush's team sat around saying "We need an ideology, how about Puritanism". Unlikely. Monbiot presumably is implying something more subtle, more subliminal.

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