Part 5 of my Strange Brew video DocuCommentary series is now available on Youtube. Titled “Manufacturing a Revival,” it begins a new section of the series.
The STRANGE BREW Series is an examination of the weird symbiosis of GOP Politics, Big Business, and Evangelical Christianity during the presidential administration of Donald Trump, which is affecting a wide swath of US issues including the climate change and ecological crises debates, public education, economics, civil rights, social justice, and even gun rights and gun control.
The term Strange Brew is particularly a reference to the odd conglomeration of special interest groups whose votes in 2016 combined to unexpectedly, and seemingly against all odds, thrust Trump into the presidency. The groups varied from disillusioned blue-collar workers who felt left behind by the mainstream of both political parties, to industrialists eager to support someone who would roll back both taxes and regulations on their industries, to Christian groups eager to roll back the Supreme Court’s past rulings on abortion and the rights of gays.
The word strange in the series title particularly refers to how strange it is for these groups to find common cause in such an unusual leadership choice. You would not historically expect unemployed blue-collar workers and millionaire and billionaire business people to be in harmony in choosing political leadership.
The first four episodes of the series discuss the features of this strange brew that have been observed starting with Trump’s entry in 2015 into the race for the presidency and going clear up to the present.
Starting with this episode, “Part 5: Manufacturing a Revival,” the series jumps backward in time, investigating clues that reveal the unusual and unexpected historical origins of the merging of right-wing politics, libertarian economics, and conservative Evangelical Christianity that characterizes both the current Republican party and the presidential administration of Donald Trump.