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The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB S angry masses but its sophisticated elites Sharlet follows the story back to Abraham Vereide an immigrant preacher who in 1935 organized a small group of businessmen sympathetic to European fascism fusing the far right with his own polite but authoritarian faith From that core Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power a family that thrives to this day In public they host Prayer Breakfasts; in private they preach a gospel of biblical capitalism military might and American empire Citing Hitler Lenin and Mao as leadership models the Family's current leader Doug Coe declares We work with power where we can build new power where we can'tSharlet's discoveries dramatically challenge The family a bunch of guys that build prayer cells around powerful politicians big deal who cares Let them do what they want to doThe fact that they want to have their own little group and meet and pray is no big deal But it becomes a big deal when their belief system begins infringing on politics not only in our country but internationally For example they influenced policy makers in Africa Uganda Shit I forget to not teach safe sex That s right To hell with rubbers They don t work Not like abstinence Because we all know you ll resist sex That worksIt becomes a big deal when they have huge homes everywhere and escape taxes because they are exempt due to being a church That s just crap I file my paperwork tomorrow to become a tax exempt church I ll be happy to pray for you just send me your cash offeringNot shocking is the list of folks that have had ties to the family lots of good Washington folk past and present I also like that there were people from a private defense contractor cough BLACKWATER cough involved with the groupAnd the scariest part is these folks label themselves as Christians but they are far from it my opinion Burning Attraction right with his own polite but authoritarian faith From that core Vereide built an international network of fundamentalists who spoke the language of establishment power a family that thrives to this day In public they host Prayer Breakfasts; in private they preach a gospel of biblical capitalism military might and American empire Citing Hitler Lenin and Mao as leadership models the Family's current leader Doug Coe declares We work with power where we can build new power where we can'tSharlet's discoveries dramatically challenge The family a bunch of guys that build prayer cells around powerful politicians big deal who cares Let them do what they want to doThe fact that they want to have their own little group and meet and pray is no big deal But it becomes a big deal when their belief system begins infringing on politics not only in our country but internationally For example they influenced policy makers in Africa Uganda Shit I forget to not teach safe sex That s The Numbers Game right To hell with Tall man riding. rubbers They don t work Not like abstinence Because we all know you ll The 7 Components of Transformative Organizing Theory resist sex That worksIt becomes a big deal when they have huge homes everywhere and escape taxes because they are exempt due to being a church That s just crap I file my paperwork tomorrow to become a tax exempt church I ll be happy to pray for you just send me your cash offeringNot shocking is the list of folks that have had ties to the family lots of good Washington folk past and present I also like that there were people from a private defense contractor cough BLACKWATER cough involved with the groupAnd the scariest part is these folks label themselves as Christians but they are far from it my opinion

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The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB Conventional wisdom about American fundamentalism revealing its crucial role in the unraveling of the New Deal the waging of the cold war and the no holds barred economics of globalization The uestion Sharlet believes we must ask is not What do fundamentalists want but What have they already donePart history part investigative journalism The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power a story that stretches from the religious revivals that have shaken this nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's new frontiers No other book about the right has exposed the Family or revealed its far reaching impact on democracy and no future reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore The book is heavy going at times and I felt as if I should have had a highlighter in hand to aid myself in remembering all the names and dates The overall result is a powerful journalistic expos that is an eye opening glimpse into backroom dealings of Washington and beyond I have always found myself on the left in the political spectrum to the left than mainstream Democrats so I am not surprised to read about America s manipulation of foreign governments but I was surprised to learn of the direct influence of this one particular Christian organization Many well known politicians have directly benefited from and helped to push the agenda of the Family including Tom Delay John Ashcroft and others It was interesting to read of the involvement of such Democrats as Sen Bill Nelson and Hillary Clinton but as Sharlet points out the Family is concerned with one s total subservience to the power of Jesus as interpreted by the hierarchy of the Family than their particular political party Everyone in power becomes useful when they give themselves over to the ideas embodied by the free market Christian warrior that is idealized by the founders of the Family Deception Island revealing its crucial The Family role in the unraveling of the New Deal the waging of the cold war and the no holds barred economics of globalization The uestion Sharlet believes we must ask is not What do fundamentalists want but What have they already donePart history part investigative journalism The Family is a compelling account of how fundamentalism came to be interwoven with American power a story that stretches from the The First Partition of Poland religious The Hero of Varay revivals that have shaken this nation from its beginning to fundamentalism's new frontiers No other book about the Palestrina and Other Plays right has exposed the Family or Blackmailed By Daddy revealed its far उरलं सुरलं [Urla Surla] reaching impact on democracy and no future Cock Tales reckoning of American fundamentalism will be able to ignore The book is heavy going at times and I felt as if I should have had a highlighter in hand to aid myself in Son of the Hero remembering all the names and dates The overall The Alien Jigsaw result is a powerful journalistic expos that is an eye opening glimpse into backroom dealings of Washington and beyond I have always found myself on the left in the political spectrum to the left than mainstream Democrats so I am not surprised to Towards a Comprehensive Theory of Human Learning read about America s manipulation of foreign governments but I was surprised to learn of the direct influence of this one particular Christian organization Many well known politicians have directly benefited from and helped to push the agenda of the Family including Tom Delay John Ashcroft and others It was interesting to The Illusion of Gods Presence read of the involvement of such Democrats as Sen Bill Nelson and Hillary Clinton but as Sharlet points out the Family is concerned with one s total subservience to the power of Jesus as interpreted by the hierarchy of the Family than their particular political party Everyone in power becomes useful when they give themselves over to the ideas embodied by the free market Christian warrior that is idealized by the founders of the Family

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The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power review ✓ eBook or Kindle ePUB A journalist's penetrating look at the untold story of christian fundamentalism's most elite organization a self described invisible network dedicated to a religion of power for the powerfulThey are the Family fundamentalism's avant garde waging spiritual war in the halls of American power and around the globe They consider themselves the new chosen congressmen generals and foreign dictators who meet in confidential cells to pray and plan for a leadership led by God to be won not by force but through uiet diplomacy Their base is a leafy estate overlooking the Potomac in Arlington Virginia and Jeff Sharlet is the only journalist to have reported from inside its wallsThe Family is about the other half of American fundamentalist power not it As Jeff Sharlet has been at pains to stress since The Family was published the Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power is not a conspiracy Rather it is secret because it is discrete and because it has been overlooked by journalists and the secular writers of American history Abraham Vereide s name is familiar enough if you know modern evangelical history or read Christian books Billy Graham describes him as a remarkable man Corrie Ten Boom sought out his endorsement when she arrived in the USA after the war and Norman Grubb of the World Evangelisation Crusade wrote a popular biography for Zondervan in the 1960s but his political significance remains under appreciated and the motivation of his movement unscrutinized For Sharlet Vereide stood at the vanguard of an elite fundamentalism that shaped the last half century of American and world politics in ways only now becoming visible This elite fundamentalism in contrast to the vulgarity of televangelists and mass revivalists works uietly behind the scenes to bring together decision makers and leaders in private fellowship and prayer under a simple or vacuous creed of Jesus Plus Nothing In public we see the Prayer Breakfasts and in 2007 Al Gore s name dropping of Vereide s successor Doug Coe in debate with James Inhofe but in private there are prayer cells and retreat houses where Family theology facilitates a back channel of influence and networking both in the USA and abroadThe Family is divided into three sections in Part One Sharlet sets the scene with his own encounter with the Family before setting off on a background excursion into American revivalism briefly exploring the worlds of Jonathan Edwards and Charles Finney Sharlet s approach to these historical subjects is strangely and eccentrically gothic the straight historian may perhaps be annoyed by Sharlet s dark impressions of Edwards watching an anorexic starve to death or the way he portrays Finney s forest grotto religious experience as something almost Lovecraftian but it makes for engaging read than a the usual potted biography we might find in any general history Throughout the book Sharlet s research is interspersed with personal reflections and anecdotes allusive references striking turns of phrase and unexpected diversions depending on your temperament or your reason for reading the book you will find this thought provoking and original or slightly irritatingPart Two tells the actual story of the Family and is informed by material which Sharlet found in the organisation s archives before public access was recently withdrawn We learn how Vereide a Norwegian immigrant who became an executive with Goodwill Industries in Seattle responded to labour conflict in his adoptive city with a plan backed by local businessmen Walter Douglass and William St Clair to use the Bible as blueprint to take back the USA from irreligion and the communist threat This meant a cooperative model of management labour relations in which labour would understand its need to behave responsibly Sharlet notes Vereide s links to Frank Buchman who was thinking along similar lines Sharlet describes Buchman a huckster which I think is unfair his impression is taken from Tom Driberg s polemical writing against Buchman s Moral Re Armament and there is no reference to Garth Lean s counter balancing sympathetic but serious biographyVereide s aim would be achieved by ministering to the up and out bringing Christ to elites As this new Fellowship the earlier name of the Family developed eventually reaching the elites of Washington DC Vereide s associations became murkier Vereide had already made links with Henry Ford who was trying to shake off his reputation for anti Semitism and Charles Lindbergh became the leader of a Fellowship prayer group Merwin K Hart a fascist sympathizer from New York provided further Fellowship members while a KKK Senator named Ralph Brewster helped Vereide run prayer meetings at the Hotel Willard in 1942 The only figure from organised labour was James Duncan whose main concern was stopping black Americans from joining the workforce at Boeing Post war Vereide lobbied on behalf of Germans with uestionable Nazi era pasts Funding for Vereide eventually came from the William Volker fund which also subsidised publication of The Road to Serfdom and the grim theonomy of Rousas Rushdoony Sharlet is particularly troubled by Fellowship complicity with Suharto s bloodletting in Indonesia Vereide described Suharto s coup as a spiritual revolution and Indonesia went on to develop its own Prayer BreakfastIn the post Vereide era under the direction of Doug Coe the Fellowship chose to submerge as its influence became pervasive with politicians and dictators from around the world meeting discretely in a Fellowship property in Washington DC Sharlet tells us that as his interest in the group developed he wrote an article on the subject for Harper s in 2003 he came under surveillance Coe himself has a public profile most famously he features in Charles Colson s autobiography one of those as told to John and Elizabeth Sherrill bestsellers Born Again playing a central role in bringing Colson to faith during the Watergate scandal and Sharlet describes Colson as now being one of the leading theorists of American fundamentalism The purpose of the original American Prayer Breakfast Sharlet shrewdly notes was to lop oft the left end of the political spectrum and cauterize the wound and today the Family enjoys influence across the political establishment in America it is far bigger than the Religious Right and Hillary Clinton is a friendIn Part Three Sharlet looks at what he calls the Popular Front the broad network of popular conservative evangelicalism megachurches and home churches neo Pentecostal spiritual warfare anti abortion activists approaches to sexuality and Bush s Office of Faith Based Initiatives The Family largely disappears from view in this section and instead we have the familiar topic of how evangelicals in the Bush years developed and enjoyed access to power only in the last instance to be used for electoral gain Underlying this apparent diversion is Sharlet s interest in the how elite and popular fundamentalism intertwines or contrastsBut what is the elite fundamentalism which inspired Vereide and the Fellowship Sharlet calls it the Idea a flexible faith for an expanding American empire which is so lacking in content that even the Muslim General Suharto can come on board Vereide valued submission to power rather than belief and this concern with power Sharlet suggests motivates the Family s strategy One aspect of Sharlet s research which provoked particular journalistic comment is the incredibly crass way in which Family leaders speak in awe of the leadership abilities of Hitler Stalin and Mao Of course these men are reviled as evil but each one in a grossly simplistic reading of history came from nowhere and with the help of a small group of associates managed to change the world Apparently they failed because their purpose was bad not because the whole idea of realising a vision through putting trust in big men inevitably leads to disaster as Vereide put it today is the age of minority control This control is extended through capitalism Vereide s British biographer Norman Grubb saw capitalism as a wedge to spread Christ abroad and exerted through management Sharlet traces the line from Bruce Barton s Babbitt cult of business friendly Christianity through to Rick Warren s Purpose Driven time management manual itself inspired by management guru Peter Drucker One critic of the Family Sharlet meets complains of a moral vacuum Although Sharlet avoids old school academic theorising we can detect the spectre not of Marx but of WeberSharlet is not the first to detect power as the operative motive in fundamentalism Martyn Percy s Words Wonder and Power explores the concept as it relates to leadership in neo Pentecostalism this book also provides a rationale for using the term fundamentalist in a general way a gripe that Randall Balmer has made against Sharlet The links between American political elites and fundamentalism also reminded me of Colby and Dennette s doomed epic Thy Will Be Done Nelson Rockefeller and Evangelism in the Age of Oil which although a great read fails to make a conclusive and direct connection in than 900 pagesThe Family highlights many areas that deserve further research and the seam that Sharlet has struck is far from completely excavated what exactly was the role of the Twelve a group which Vereide joined Why did missionaries stay at the Zurich home of Alfred Hirs who ran the Bank of Switzerland and link up with Baron Von Gienanth Who exactly was Wallace Haines who stood in for Vereide in Europe when Vereide was ill and who also features briefly in Stewart Dinnen s biography of Norman Grubb What did the Havana prayer cell get up to Many clues remain unpondered in archives in long out of print popular Christian paperbacks a genre often overlooked and in private reminiscences And of course there is one uestion which Sharlet has asked 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  • The Family The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power
  • Jeff Sharlet
  • English
  • 05 February 2017
  • 9780060559793