We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
From Bottum: The Post-Protestant Ethic and Spirit of America - The new elite class of America is the old one: America’s mainline Protestant Christians in both the glory and the annoyingness of their moral confidence and spiritual certainty. They just stripped out the Christianity along the way.
Beginning with the abolition of slavery, the bitter battles of American political life have often been fought over spiritual issues. It’s hard to know, for example, what else Prohibition was about. And yet the great moralizing and spiritualizing of American politics feels different these days, more complete, more all-encompassing. It’s as though our public life were not a political stadium in which spiritual footballs sometimes appear; rather the field itself has become religious. Our public life is now a supernatural game and our purely political concerns have been reduced to nothing more than footballs with which we happen to play that public game of spiritual redemption.
Our anxious age often seems a moment more tinged by its spiritual worries than anytime in America since perhaps the 1730s. The nation’s unconscious spirituality is splashed across our supposedly secular life.
But if you take the Christian out of Christianity, you have socialism.
David Berlinski addresses this secular religious nature in this Uncommon Knowledge They mythology still inherent in aspects of evolution the creation myth, CAGW the beloved apocalypse. He also offers that the wholesale murderous 20th century could be a point alter the view of human history but probably will not as no historian wishes to address it and those who lived it are dying. I presume the reluctance is due to a fair look at the millions of victims will find one perpetrator, Socialism. It went by many names but at the heart of each was the use of state power to force the great unwashed to do as the "elite" desired.
We are post protestant, post catholic, and post free will, the basis of a republic of a free and moral people. What is left is the secular mandate whether from the bully pulpit, the bully political office, or the bully court.