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SIGNS and WONDERS

CONFUSED TIMES

These are confused times, a period when Americans rose up against imaginary threats and rallied

Painting by Anton Losenko, 1762 (first miracle)

Painting by Anton Losenko, 1762 (first miracle) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

to economic theories they understood only in the gauziest terms. It is about a country where fears of radical takeover became epidemic even though radicals themselves had long since ceased to play any role in the national life; a land where ideological nightmares conjured by TV entertainers came to seem more vivid and compelling than the contents of the of the news pages.

Seen from another perspective, this is a conical of a miraculous time, of another “great Awakening,” of a revival crusade preaching the old-time religion of the fee market. It’s the story of a grassroots rebellion from the gloomy depths of defeat. Inevitably the words “populist” and “revolt” are applied to it, or the all out phrase chosen by Dick Armey, the Washington magnifico who heads one of the main insurgent organization: a “true bottom-up revolution.” Continue reading