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Erik Kain

Erik writes about video games at Forbes and politics at Mother Jones. He's the contributor of The League though he hasn't written much here lately. He can be found occasionally composing 140 character cultural analysis on Twitter.

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  1. matoko_chan says:

    The risk to republicans is that if Obama succeeds, there will be no more GOP. Look at the British or French model of the large secular welfare state. Obama totally gets this, witness the “bitter clinging to guns and religion” comment.
    No one will need religion if teh State provides all.Report

  2. E.D. Kain says:

    The GOP is in for some rough times, to be sure, matako. But no religion? Are you kidding? See it’s statements like those that do your sensible comments an injustice…Report

  3. matoko_chan says:

    Why has Britain gone secular then?
    I’ll dig up the Economist study about differences in religious belief between brits and ‘mericans.
    Considering our shared cultural heritage the differences in say…. godbelief and creationism are pretty shocking.
    I predict the Large Government (including nat’l healthcare) Obama proposes will cause a sharp rate of increase in the secularization of ‘Merican culture.Report

  4. E.D. Kain says:

    I’d say there’s a strong link between decline in religion and State sponsorship of Religion–i.e. the Church of England. Also Europe has a historical tie to religious conflict that America doesn’t have. Our wars have been largely secular ones.Report

  5. matoko_chan says:

    Again, you would be wrong.
    The correlation between increasing secularism and size of the welfare state is evident in more nation states than just England. Look at Scandinavia, and Europe in general. The more State aid people recieve, the less they need the charity of local churches.
    The time that religious adherence is formed is between the ages of 7 and 13. But for the higher IQ adolescents, the adherence is often broken in college……when the door to better paying professions is opened.Report