February 27, 2024

In his two most up-to-date books, American Dynasty and Wealth and Democracy, Kevin Phillips has maybe rightly earned the distinguished moniker of America’s premier analyst and critic. Now, in his new launch, a doom and gloom tome some 480 pages lengthy, Kevin Phillips assails three overlapping, rising, forces that threaten to rain on the parade of the American lifestyle. Truly, American Theocracy : The Peril and Politics of Radical Faith, Oil, and Borrowed Cash within the twenty first Century, at $26.95 retail remains to be an ideal worth as a result of it’s actually three books in a single, with simply sufficient threads woven between the very totally different however typically interrelated materials to assist illustrate the upcoming excellent storm.

Kevin Phillips, as a former Republican strategist and observer for over 30 years, has a eager sense of the present political and financial panorama. When contrasted towards his commanding historic views, the writer is aptly in a position in his e book to point out how previous world powers, from the Roman to the British empires, have confronted and failed the identical essential circumstances the USA presently faces in the beginning of the twenty first century. American Theocracy demonstrates that primarily each world dominating energy is lured by the sirens of world over-reach and in the end falls into the traps of useful resource depletion, runaway debt and the wars of militant faith.

In Half I of American Theocracy, Kevin Phillips appears on the ramifications of our preoccupation of oil, previous and current. The e book maintains that American supremacy was derived by our exploitation and efficient use of a newly useable type of power on the world stage. Whereas different nations had been trapped of their inertias of coal, wind and water infrastructures, America shortly realized the flexibility of this black gold and leveraged a nation round it. Actually, with solely roughly 5 p.c of the world’s inhabitants, Individuals nonetheless devour over 25 p.c of the world’s oil. However provide of this valuable useful resource has at all times been a priority. American Theocracy factors to World Warfare II particularly, which was waged by Japan and Germany to safe their maintain on this very important fossil gas for contemporary economies. The e book takes care to clarify that America itself has been closely concerned in its personal petro-imperialism over the past century. Furthermore, the life blood of our financial system is turning into tougher to seek out and extract even because the world economies are demanding extra. One little know truth in all of this, as different Center East provides are being exhausted, is that Iraq is the final giant pool of oil on the planet. And all of this nonetheless nearly untapped, close to the floor. American Theocracy describes how Iraq has by no means been capable of pump a lot of its oil, with U.N. sanctions within the 90’s, conflict with Iran within the 80’s and so forth. With the thinly disguised cloak of spreading democracy and preventing terror, it’s of little shock, given our historical past of petro-imperialism within the Center East, and the truth that there may be an estimated one trillion {dollars} in estimated income for the (American) corporations who will pump it, that we discovered ourselves with troops in Iraq.

Complicating issues additional, Half II of this e book explores the unprecedented rise in evangelical faith and its surging affect in American politics, particularly underneath the presidency of George W. Bush. Kevin Phillips believes Republicans view the world in apocalyptic phrases and endeavor to form home and overseas coverage round fundamentalist faith. This undue affect of religion over truth, and faith over (prudent) cause has resulted in inept insurance policies, which solely serve to weaken our respect, status and effectiveness on the planet. This zealous underpinning has put us on a collision course with a lot of Islam, swelling the ranks, mockingly, of terrorists, to not point out many different miscalculations, placing us in peril of a self-fulfilling prophecy. American Theocracy describes how we’re endangering our future, as nearly each conflict is fought over assets or non secular ideology. We appear to be working out of the previous and have an over abundance of the latter.

In Half III, American Theocracy contends what’s the conventional hallmark of an overextended world energy: over consumption and big private and non-private debt. Enormous commerce deficits, trillions of {dollars} in nationwide debt and monetary hypothesis, made worse by the affect of massive enterprise and Wall Avenue on Washington solely serve to exacerbate the issue. The Republican Social gathering, as soon as the icon of sound fiscal coverage, has discarded its beliefs by mortgaging our nation’s monetary well being and future to the whim of different nations so as to fund and keep our established order world wide.

American Theocracy : The Peril and Politics of Radical Faith, Oil, and Borrowed Cash within the twenty first Century will not be with out its critics. Many really feel Kevin Phillips is biased and bigoted in his view as he tackles the considerations he has for the Christian proper and their affect in America at present. Others could really feel he isn’t at all times correct in his information. However that is to be anticipated by stirring the pot and essentially not at all times being politically appropriate. Having mentioned that in view of the import of the thesis introduced on no account detracts nor dismisses these very important issues all Individuals face.