We don’t like to consider the possibility that [fundamentalists] are not newcomers to power but returnees, that the revivals that have been sweeping America with generational regularity since its inception are not flare-ups but the natural temperature of the nation. We can’t conceive of the possibility that the dupes, the saps, the fools—the believers—have been with us from the very beginning, that their story about what America once was and should be seems to some great portion of the population more compelling, more just, and more beautiful than the perfunctory processes of secular democracy. Thus we are at a loss to account for this recurring American mood.
Updated: Chapter Three of The Authoritarians is out. (Yesterday. I'm slow. Sue me.)
Update 2: My other reader James F. Elliot suggests the following articles:
Let There Be Markets: The Evangelical Roots of Economics by Gordon Bigelow
Soldiers of Christ:
Feeling the hate with the National Religious Broadcasters by Chris Hedges
Inside America's most powerful megachurch with Pastor Ted Haggard by Jeff Sharlet
 Other than my wife