Bibliography for PA Progressive Summit 2012 Presentation on 'Biblical Economics'
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Wed Feb 15, 2012 at 11:16:59 AM EST
This past weekend the third annual PA Progressive Summit was held in Philadelphia. As a presenter at the summit I spoke about "Biblical economics" or "Biblical capitalism," an ideology promoted by those claiming that the Bible mandates unregulated free market economics. This ideology has spread rapidly in the three years since I first spoke at the summit and it's being used to justify attacks on labor unions, the regulatory system, and social safety nets, as well as claims that the Bible opposes the minimum wage and inheritance taxes. Given the emphasis of this brand of Biblical economics, it should not surprise anyone that it has been encouraged for years, both directly and indirectly, by the same foundations that fund right-wing think tanks, including ones with the names Koch, Scaife, and DeVos.  Following is an extensive list of sources including websites, print, video and other media used in the presentation.
Following some of my previous presentations on this topic, I have also posted articles with links to source material:
USW District 10 Civil Rights Seminar
Biblical Capitalism - The Religious Right's War on Progressive Economic Policy (following PA Progressive Summit 2011)
Biblical Capitalism - The Sacralizing of Economic and Political Issues
(following PA Progressive Summit 2010)

Video and transcript of the 2005 CSPAN interview with Paul Weyrich, credited with mobilizing the Religious Right and founder or co-founder of the Free Congress Foundation, Council for National Policy, American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and the Heritage Foundation:

ALEC Exposed project of the Center for Media and Democracy

Websites of "Biblical capitalism" promoter and Christian Reconstructionist Gary North

Articles on Gary North Christian Economics Meets the Anti-Union Movement, New York Times Theocratic Libertarianism: Quotes from Gary North, Ludwig von Mises Institute Scholar

Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck working for right-wing think tanks

Video of David Barton (at American Family Association conference) claiming that the Bible is against various forms of taxes and the minimum wage m-wage tations Right Wing Watch compares David Barton's biblical economics claims to actual biblical verses

Articles on David Barton, major promoter of revisionist and Christian nationalist narrative that includes Biblical economics .html
From Schoolhouse to Statehouse:  Curriculum From A Christian Nationalist Worldview
Debunking Beck U - Faith 102 with "Professor"  David Barton
No, Mr. Beck, Our Constitution is Not Based on the Book of Deuteronomy
No, Mr. Beck, Jefferson Did Not Date His Documents "In the Year of Our Lord Christ"
No, Mr. Beck, John Adams Did Not Think That Governments Must Be Administered by the Holy Ghost
No, Mr. Beck, Congress Did Not Print a Bible for the Use of Schools t_watch_david_barton_profile
Texas Freedom Network profile of David Barton

Invisible Hands, a book on the history of efforts to counter New Deal legislation, including partnerships between businessmen and religious leaders t/dp/0393059308

Articles on Rousas Rushdoony, author of The Institutes of Biblical Law, the book that laid the modern foundations for "Biblical economics."
Rushdoony's Theocratic Libertarianism at Work in the Nation's Statehouses
Two Decades of Christian Nationalist Education Paved Way for Today's War on Labor
Rushdoony and Theocratic Libertarians on Slavery

Ron Paul and the Conservative Caucus, Constitution Party, Ludwig von Mises Institute
Waiting for the Day When We Can Say We're All Austrian: Ron Paul's Brand of Libertarianism

Articles on United in Purpose/Champion the Vote efforts to register 5 million new conservative evangelical voters and links to "One Nation Under God" DVD campaign featuring James Dobson, David Barton, and Newt Gingrich outreach-20110916
Silicon Valley Gives Conservative Christians A Boost, LA Times
Gingrich Appears in Video Which Claims Constitution is Based on Old Testament

Newt Gingrich-founded 501(c)(3) Renewing American Leadership and the Pray & Act project prior to the 2010 elections

NPR's Fresh Air interview with this author, Rachel Tabachnick, on the New Apostolic Reformation in-spiritual-warfare

Cornwall Alliance's anti-environmentalism movie, Revisiting the Green Dragon
(Short trailer embedded in this Right Wing Watch article)

Biography of Calvin Beisner, founder of the Cornwall Alliance and scholar with the Acton Institute, Atlas Economic Research Foundation, Institute on Religious and Democracy, and Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow

Also see funders of:
Acton Institute
Atlas Economic Research Foundation
Institute for Religion and Democracy
Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow

Reprint (2010) of Gary North's attack on labor unions in The Freeman, journal of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

FEE's project with the Charles G. Koch Foundation - Youth Entrepreneurs of Atlanta

Signers of Alliance for Separation of School and State statement to end public education

Link to list of articles on school vouchers and the effort to privatize public education

Link to Betsy DeVos-led pro-privatization of schools organization, American Federation for Children, and its yearbook on school voucher and corporate tax credit programs

Rachel Tabachnick and Bruce Wilson's video "School Choice: Taxpayer Funded Creationism, Bigotry, and Bias"
(trailer and full length video embedded in article)

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Alabama State Senator:  Pay Increases for Teachers are `Against Biblical Principle'
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