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Jeff Sharlet

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I'm a contributing editor for Harper's and Rolling Stone and I also write about music for Oxford American, politics for The Nation, and media for The Revealer, a review of religion and the press published by the New York University Center for Religion and Media, where I'm an associate research scholar.
I'm the author of The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power (Harper, 2008), coauthor with Peter Manseau of Killing the Buddha: A Heretic's Bible (Free Press), named by Publishers Weekly one of the top 10 religion titles of 2004, and the author of The Hammer Song, a short history of American protest music to be published by Basic Books in 2009. I live in Brooklyn with my wife, Julia Rabig, and a fascist cat named Ric
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The Family: The Secret Fund...

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C Street: The Fundamentalis...

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Sweet Heaven When I Die: Fa...

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The Means of Reproduction is a bold and vital book, a story about life and those who twist that word to front for agendas of sexual control around the world. We're lucky that we have Michelle Goldberg, a brilliant and clear-eyed journalist, to bring ...more
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“. . . private group prayers were the modern equivalent of a backroom cigar.”
Jeff Sharlet, C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy

“What did “good government” really mean? Langlie and his brotherhood promised an end to political corruption. (There’s no evidence that Langlie ever even took a drink, much less a bribe.) The days of “honest graft” were over, at least for a while. But seen from another perspective—that of ordinary citizens without access to Langlie and Abram’s elite network—Langlie didn’t so much end corruption as legalize it. Langlie wasn’t opposed to a government organized around the interests of the greedy; he just didn’t want to have to break the law to serve them.”
Jeff Sharlet, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power

“American fundamentalism’s original sentiments were as radically democratic in theory as they have become repressive in practice, its dream not that of Christian theocracy but of a return to the first century of Christ worship, before there was a thing called Christianity. The “age of miracles,” when church was no more than a word for the great fellowship—the profound friendship—of believers, when Christ’s testament really was new, revelation was unburdened by history, and believers were martyrs or martyrs-to-be, pure and beautiful.”
Jeff Sharlet, The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power




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