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Are Political Cults Seizing the Republic?

Andrew Sullivan just wrote an incredibly interesting piece for New York Magazine.

He starts with this bold claim: “Everyone has a religion.” By religion, Sullivan means, “…a practice not a theory; a way of life that gives meaning, a meaning that cannot really be defended without recourse to some transcendent value, undying “Truth” or God (or gods).”

He then goes on to argue that politics has become the religion of choice in the United States and that both the right and the left have embraced cults: “…Now look at our politics. We have the cult of Trump on the right, a demigod who, among his worshippers, can do no wrong. And we have the cult of social justice on the left, a religion whose followers show the same zeal as any born-again Evangelical.”

The fervor and zealotry found amongst the adherents to these religions exclude all possibility of compromise. Sullivan writes: “And this is how they threaten liberal democracy. They do not believe in the primacy of the individual, they believe the ends justify the means, they do not allow for doubt or reason, and their religious politics can brook no compromise.”

This is one of the most interesting reads of 2018. I encourage you to read the entire article here.


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