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A Conservative Theology Becoming a Revolutionary Idea by Attracting the Non-Urban and Marginalized: A Quiz

Quick quiz about the following quote:

Here was a fascinating paradox: that an essentially conservative theology, looking backward with affection toward a vanishing culture, became a revolutionary idea, because the people whom it attracted most strongly were those who had been marginalized by urbanization—the disaffected poor, the street mob.

Who said it about whom? Was it:

  • A: Andrew Sullivan on the Tea-Party-wing of the GOP
  • B: Gore Vidal on the '64 Goldwater campaign
  • C: Salman Rushdie on the birth of Islam

Answer in the comments section.

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Posted at 06:09 AM on Mon. Oct 21, 2013 in category Politics  


Erik wrote:

The answer is C: Salman Rushdie on the birth of Islam. It’s on pg. 43 of his memoir, “Joseph Anton,” which I’ve been reading on vacation, and which is much recommended.

Of course to anyone paying attention to modern American politics it sounds like he’s describing the Tea Party: conservative but revolutionary; looks back with affection toward a vanishing (or nonexistent) culture; appeals to those outside the city. Instead he’s describing what the Tea Party considers its antithesis. He’s describing the Tea Party’s bogeyman, its ready slur. They are what they hate.

Thomas Friedman makes a similar point in his recent column, writing that nothing prepared him for the Tea Party like his years in the Middle East covering Sunnis and Shiites.

Comment posted on Mon. Oct 21, 2013 at 06:09 AM
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