David Mandl on Mon, 30 May 2011 18:19:19 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Rapture billboard

Hi Patrice--

I think you're giving these people more credit than they deserve. The Neocons, whatever you think of their politics, are a pretty sophisticated bunch. The idea of the Rapture is generally associated with a crackpot (albeit growing) group of Bible Belt fundamentalists from a whole different universe. True, they've mostly been allied with the right wing of the Republican party, but it's a marriage of convenience for the Neocons. The Republicans have thrown crumbs to the religious right to gain their support politically (a brilliant and mostly successful strategy), but they surely roll their eyes at these yokels behind closed doors.

Most Neocons are way more socially liberal than this Bible Belt crowd. I suspect a lot of them couldn't care less about abortion or homosexuality, and would laugh themselves silly at ideas like the Rapture.



On May 30, 2011, at 3:48 AM, Patrice Riemens wrote:

> The 'rapture' monicker (in) itself is fairly old hat in the US, I
> remember it was a recurrent theme during Reagan's presidency, and that
> it generally is a specific, if somewhat weird, underground part of the
> neo-con credo.

Dave Mandl
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