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The Choice of 'Mugwumps' Forevermore

  • Jan 1, 2010
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The venerable Atlantic Monthly has always been professedly 'moderate', a stance that in today's political spectrum is a euphemism for conservative. Since it abandoned proper Boston for flashy DC, the magazine has tried hard to shake its reputation for being staid and stuffy, chiefly by becoming fashionably shallow while yet implying an insider's right to posture as 'above the fray.' Such was the posture of Henry Adams, too pure of mind to take politics seriously during Reconstruction. Such was the self-admiring posture of the Mugwump faction of the 19th C GOP, with its mug on one side of the fence and its 'wump' on the other. As other reviewers have already declared, the Atlantic can and often does make any subject boring. It's a magazine I often pick up in waiting rooms and airport book stores but would never choose to subscribe to.

However!!! The December 2009 issue contained an article titled "Did Christianity Cause the Crash? How Preachers are Spreading a Gospel of Debt" by Hanna Rosin, an article that no one could possibly regard as timorous or equivocal. Specifically, Rosin has investigated the role the 'prosperity gospel', preached by some ministers of fundamentalist Christianity, played in the Bush II real estate bubble and the subsequent economic depression. That some of said ministers had their own financial links to sleazy-easy mortgages is not terribly surprising, is it? This is an article well worth reading, even if you conclude that Rosin is talking through her hat -- not my conclusion, I assure you -- and one that should have gotten more circulation than the shrinking readership of the Atlantic provides.

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