A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the Past that Makes the Present

A TALE OF TWO COVENANTS: American populism–the history that makes our politics, health care, nativism, and Paris peace accord withdrawal By Marcia Pally Published in Religious and Ethics, June 8, 2017 In the United States, repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) is not likely to benefit a majority of Americans. Neither are […]

Pandemic Police Populism

Pandemic Police Populism By Marcia Pally  June 26, 2020 https://politicaltheology.com/pandemic-police-populism/ Blaming Covid 19 on the World Health Organization or on a lab in China and calling Black Lives Matter “radical leftist extremists” follow the American-populist playbook of responding to duress by targeting an alien “other” who have wronged “us” and whom “we’re” right to combat with […]

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic

Redeeming Populism: The Promise of a Liberal Covenanted Republic By Marcia Pally ABC Religion and Ethics  3 May 2018 What makes populism work? Earlier this year, New York Times columnist David Brooks told NPR that, because “populism has deep roots in America,” he believed “Bannonism” would outlive “Trumpism” as a decisive influence in elections and public policy. By “Bannonism,” Brooks meant […]

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above

Populist, Nativist, Isolationist: For Trump, It Was All of the Above by Marcia Pally COMMONWEAL, November 22, 2016 They wanted “change,” he promised change, and change most of all from the lying, corrupt, incompetent government of the last eight years. He differed from all candidates before, and in an exercise of popular will against expectations […]

Trump: Why American Doesn’t Know What to Do With Government

“Trump, American Populism, and Why American doesn’t know what to do with its own government,” By Marcia Pally VIDEO: Presented at Humboldt University-Berlin. Jan. 9, 2017 Please note: After the brief introduction in German, the presentation is in English.

Donald Trump: Apostle of America’s Civil Religion

Donald Trump: Apostle of America’s Civil Religion Religion and Ethics 16 Nov 2016 By Marcia Pally Trump gives voice, not only to American discontent, but to its political faith that it will be solved by ‘booting the bums out’. The more he preaches, the more he taps into the national creed.  Before and since the […]

Machiavelli on the Potomac: What Will Donald Trump Do Now?

Machiavelli on the Potomac: What Will Donald Trump Do Now? Marcia Pally Religion & Ethics Friday 27 January 2017  Marcia Pally is a Professor at New York University in Multilingual Multicultural Studies and a permanent Fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities. Her most recent book is Commonwealth and Covenant: Economics, Politics, and Theologies of […]

‘Throw the bastards out’: an American tradition from settlers to Trump

‘Throw the bastards out’: an American tradition from settlers to Trump by Marcia Pally Thursday 8 September 2016 11.00 BST This past summer, I was guest-teaching in Europe. When the talk of the town wasn’t Brexit, it was the US election. It was discussed the way you’d discuss an alien invasion: bizarre. A look at […]