Slate Money on religion and capitalism in America.

Religion Is the First Deregulated Industry in America

Religion Is the First Deregulated Industry in America

Slate’s weekly business and finance podcast.
July 2 2016 2:03 AM

The Godly Edition

Slate Money on how religion became a guiding economic force in America.


Listen to Episode No. 112 of Slate Money:


On this episode of Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil of, Slate’s Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and Chris Lehmann of the Baffler get holy.

Topics discussed on today’s show include:

  • How religion became an industry in America.
  • Donald Trump is a prosperity preacher.
  • Debt and the American version of Christianity.

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Production by Audrey Quinn.

Chris Lehmann is editor in chief of the Baffler. He is the author of The Money Cult.

Cathy O'Neil is a former hedge fund quant and blogger at

Felix Salmon is a journalist.

Jordan Weissmann is Slate’s senior business and economics correspondent.