C.S. Lewis and “Mere Politics”: Some Shrewdly Hellish Political Advice from The Screwtape Letters

Each U.S. election year since at least 2016, a piece of sage advice from C.S. Lewis’ celebrated 1942 epistolary novel The Screwtape Letters has resurfaced online, in which the book’s narrator, a Senior Devil in Hell named Screwtape, pens instructions to his equally demonic nephew, a Junior Tempter named Wormwood, upon the general subject of politics. It contains guidance about how to ensure the…

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