Behind the Exclusive Brethren by Michael Bachelard

By Michael Bachelard

Out of nowhere in 2004, an vague non secular sect burst onto the political level in Australia. nearly remarkable till then, the specific Brethren was once abruptly spending up giant in election ads in help of conservative political events. yet its contributors have been shy to the purpose of paranoia approximately who they have been — who prefer, as they acknowledged, to ‘fly below the radar’. Brethren individuals assiduously lobbied politicians, yet didn't vote. they usually have been very just about the-then major minister John Howard.

What precisely was once their curiosity in politics? Why did their activism all at once blossom virtually at the same time the world over, from Canada and the us to Sweden and Australia? and the way did a small, fringe crew, whose values are completely indifferent from these of so much Australians infiltrate the top place of work within the land?

Michael Bachelard exposed the proof approximately this secretive sect for greater than years whereas operating as an investigative reporter at The Age. the results of his inquiries is the main entire e-book ever written concerning the particular Brethren. It info their origins within the uk within the 19th century, their fractious historical past, their striking use of scripture to regulate participants and dissidents, and their profitable company and fiscal preparations. It’s a desirable tale of impression and gear exercised throughout a number of continents. yet it’s a really human tale, too — of broken lives, of damaged households, and of damage and anger that stretches again many years.

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