Author Topic: White Protestant Male Narratives... on the wane  (Read 133 times)

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Re: White Protestant Male Narratives... on the wane
« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2018, 07:16:09 am »
When I read "Protestant" in the American context, I'm thinking less "Calvinist work ethic, Martin Luther reformation" type Protestantism  and more "Supply-Side Jesus, White Evangelicals for Trump!" type Protestantism.

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It's all part of the same package. Even those without religious mores are living with the spectre of the Calvinist work ethic. That's why people in America, far more than Canada, are putting in abhorrent work hours with little benefit. It's a moral virtue there and even without religiosity it remains a cultural virtue.

The flip side to this is that those who struggle to survive, due to structural forces that are well beyond their control mostly, are cast aside in America, again as a result of that Spectre of Calvinist asceticism. They're immoral because if they would just be more ascetic (stop spending money on such "profligate" things as an internet connection, coffee, or clothing; stop living alone and move into a boarding house; stop living near your friends and family and move to where the jobs are) then they would be more successful. Success, of course, having nothing to do with happiness and health, and everything to do with wealth. Amassing wealth shows that you have the grace of God and live an ascetic life.

Strip away God from that and you still have a moral ethic based on Protestantism that drives American culture to abhor the poor, treat them as immoral sinners, and to praise the wealthy as though they are saints, regardless of their personal character nor their means for attaining that wealth. American culture is fundamentally Protestant culture stripped of its original religious roots. It's not even remotely waning. It's demonstrated every day through popular media and in the political sphere.
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