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Obama’s Neo-New Deal: Religion, Secularism, and Sex in Political Debates Now

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In the United States, when public policy discussions turn to sex, it is generally treated as a problem for which religion is the solution. In contrast, secularism is thought to lead to either liberated or libertine sex, depending on one's values. These relations are undergoing transformation, due to profound economic changes globally as well as to realignments in the United States in the age of Obama. The interrelated social processes that have come to cluster under the term "neoliberalism" have provided a context for these realignments over the last four decades. The word "responsibility" enables neoliberalism to supersede the New Deal, which is one of the reasons it is important to read Obama's appeals to responsibility as placing his version of the New Deal in relation to the legacy of neoliberalism. Obama's own focus on responsibility can fund both a new Christian-secular alliance and a neo-New Deal.

Keywords: Christian-secular alliance; neoliberalism; Obama's neo-new deal; personal responsibility; religion; secularism; sex; United States



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