In thinking about Emile Durkheim’s three Ps of sociology (power, prestige, and property), it occurred to me that the contemporary Republican Party has its own three Ps that it’s committed to advancing:
- plutocracy (rule by the rich);
- Pentacostal-style revivalism; and
- the Pentagon.
I suppose you could also call these the three Ws (the wealthy, woo, and war). Or the three Gs (gluttons, God, and gore).
Here’s an interesting clip of Ayn Rand (who was an atheist) critiquing the God/tradition part of this conservative equation.