Evangelicals, Right-wing Populism, Trump: Not a Faustian Bargain

Evangelicals, Right-wing Populism, Trump: Not a Faustian Bargain Published in Theologische Literaturzeitung, Nov. 2019, pp 1084-1102. Introduction The 81 percent of white American evangelicals who voted for Donald Trump in 20161 drew substantial attention as it seemed that one of America’s most devout faith groups supported a politician who was not only twice divorced but had […]

The U.S. is a representative democracy? Thoughts—and humor–on politics in the Trump era

The U.S. is a representative democracy? Thoughts—and humor–on politics in the Trump era By Marcia Pally Die Tageszeitung January 20, 2017 as: “Das ‘We the people’ Gefuhl”` Visiting Europe since the Trump election, I’m not infrequently asked if, by being bad for American workers, Trump will re-invigorate the American left. There’s an American left? There was a […]

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 […]