On Theresa May’s ‘more malleable faith’, Political Observer comments

May,Thatcher and Erasmus : all three the children of Protestant clergy. Should the reader make a connection between the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism, as in Max Weber’s book? And the professed Neo-Liberalism of the writer, Mrs. Thatcher, Ms. May?

Can a person be a Christian and also regard The Market as the ruling singularity in the life of humanity, as Hayek did? Of course, its called compartmentalization, that beggars the question of religious/political consistency. Mrs. Thatcher made a habit of passing out copies of Road to Serfdom like this manifesto were Gospel. Have I gone too far? probably.

Is Ms. May’s faith more ‘malleable’ than the Iron Lady, not made for turning? No her politics are about her pragmatism, or shall we call it opportunism? Aided by her Rovian advisor Lynton Crosby, who like his mentor, Karl Rove, recognizes the wisdom of winning. American philosopher Henry Russell “Red” Sanders captures the essence of Rovian Political Practice with his ‘winning isn’t everything, its the only thing’.

In her political practice Ms. May demonstrates, with a stunning clarity, where her allegiance is pledged. The Anglican political virtue is mere window dressing. On the question of Theos and it politics, this wiki entry supplies part of an answer.

‘Theos was launched in November 2006 with the support of the then Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and the then Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, and maintains an ecumenical position. Since that time, Theos has established itself as a respected voice on faith and society issues. The Theos office is based in Central London.


Political Observer


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Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.' https://www.lrb.co.uk/v15/n20/perry-anderson/diary
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