So of course @NewYorker did a highly sympathetic puff piece on Christopher Rufo, that took his intellectual BS at face value.
I don't want to drag the author's name into it, b/c I respect the work of his brother. But, really?
The @NewYorker has rep - well deserved - for featuring some of the best writing around. But it also has an unfortunate history of sympathetic puff pieces. Take this 2005 NY piece by Malcom Gladwell, which enthused about Rick Warren's huggy "long arms" newyorker.com/magazine/2005/…
4) Gladwell, for the piece, attended a celebration of the anniversary of the founding of Warren's Saddleback Church during which Warren enthused about the dedication of the Hitler Youth. They were bad, acknowledged Warren, but if only followers of Jesus had such dedication!
5) Warren had his flock of thousands raise up, in unison, preprinted signs saying "WHATEVER IT TAKES". He said if only his followers had the dedication of the Hitler Youth, they could "take the world". Oddly, Gladwell's @NewYorker piece said nothing about that aspect...
6) I only learned of it by buying (it was $1.99, if memory serves) a recording of Warren's speech at the event. As it turns out, Warren had made the Hitler Youth thing a regular part of his repertoire - It was in his "The Purpose Driven Church" book too!
7) Gladwell's @NewYorker piece did, I should mention, have some very good insight about the way modern conservative megachurches work, at least from a technocratic perspective - just not much about the underlying ideological malevolence. Rick Warren, BTW, went on to give a prayer
8)..at Barack Obama's 1st presidential inauguration, in early 2009. If you are wondering why that might have been, as it happens, Warren was quite chummy with various Sub Saharan African tyrants who serve as US proxies in the region - outside of American domestic politics...
9)..the embrace by the US foreign policy apparatus of conservative evangelicals who do missions work (and thus have considerable sway in) countries in Africa, Latin America, and parts of Asia is pervasive and so unabashed that there's a rotating door between leadership of USAID
10)..and leadership of World Vision, the biggest evangelical aid and relief agency on Earth & whose yearly budget rivals that of the United Nations' annual non-military budget. Predictably, World Vision is listed, on the 2001 990 IRS tax form of The Fellowship Foundation...
11)..which presides over the annual National Prayer Breakfast, as a "sister organization" to The Fellowship. And why do I mention all this? Well, as it happens, the longtime head of The Fellowship Douglas Coe, friend to just about every US president after Eisenhower, was fond...
12)..of telling elite, select semi-private small evangelical audiences an extremely similar anecdote, to Warren's, in which Coe would enthuse about the intense, to the death, loyalty of Hitler & his original small band of Nazis. Look what they accomplished, rhapsodized Coe, who..
13)..would also hold up the impressive accomplishments of the revolutionary Bolsheviks as well as the fierce dedication, per Coe, of Mao's young Red Guard who - during the bloody Cultural Revolution - were known to have chopped off, with axes, the heads of their own parents...
14)..for the good of the state, according to Coe. I have a research folder, by the way, I've collected, over the years, of other similr examples of this sort of thinking among "conservative" evangelical elites. So it's no mere academic matter - this is the movement that now...
15)..per (especially) the recent work of scholars & journalists such as @anelsona & @kathsstewart controls & steers the #Republican party in its implacable march to create an authoritarian form of white herrenvolk American democracy. Another key component of the inner doctrine
16)..taught to conservative evangelical leaders (inc. politicians in their ranks, of course) is the idea that once within the elite club of "followers of Jesus" - that somewhat amorphous semi-secret society defined, as well as anything, by invitation to and participation in...
17)..the National Prayer Breakfast & elite philanthropic confabs such as "The Gathering" - is that personal behavior *no longer matters*. Once within "The Family", these "followers of Jesus" (who sometimes will disavow even being Christian) are no longer to be...
18)..judged by their peers. No behavior, no matter how horrific, is to be judged. Murder? - No problem. Marital infidelity? - pish. Corruption, theft, even pedophilia?... You get the idea. In service of the greater goal, establishing Jesus' "kingdom" on Earth, as the movement...
19)..itself defines it, anything and everything goes.

THIS is what Gladwell, back in '05, blundered into and saw it not (or chose not to write about it.) What he wrote of, in the @NewYorker, was Rick Warren's huggy long arms - which were probably even longer than Malcom knew.
20) A few notes - you can read more about the Hitler/Lenin/Mao & no personal accountability ethic in the writings of @JeffSharlet on "The Family"/"The Fellowship". On Rick Warren's 2005 speech, see: huffpost.com/entry/follow-j…. On "The Gathering" see: twocare.org/the-gathering-…

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