Chris Hedges charts the rise of the US Christian right in American Fascists, says Nicholas Lezard. American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America. Chris Hedges, Author. Free Press $25 (p) ISBN American Fascists by Chris Hedges – Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a.
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Among other things, the book attempts to set up a picture of “conservative Christians” a phrase with multiple meanings, not some kind of monolithic group as present day “Fascists” read Nazis. Get a FREE e-book by joining our mailing list today!
The f-word crops up in the most respectable quarters these days. I especially appreciated his discussion of the dangers of oversimplification and judgment, of accepting the world as predictable and binary.
Mar 04, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is where it arouses my sympathy: As he states, the paradox of liberalism is to allow every opinion as valid, no matter how hateful and violent, and thus he does not expect the average liberal mind to have any teeth and power to combat it.
There is little in here that I was not aware of, as far as the overall goals of the Christo-fascists, but as he explores some of the details it was illuminating, and even more disturbing than I had already realized.
June Learn how and when to remove this template message. Bush, is enacting many of Rushdoony’s tenets. The next time you’re in Petersburg, Kentucky, I recommend you drop in on the Creation Museum, which has been built in order to illustrate the complete, literal truth of the account of the creation as told in the book of Genesis.
View all 6 comments. Here is the link: Aug 17, Nancy rated it it was amazing. Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously.
And there are times when taking a moral stance, perhaps the highest form of patriotism, means facing down the community, even the nation. The idea behind creating an entirely Christian nation as the Christian Right would like to do is not only un-democratic, but it is al So, Ellis and I just finished reading this as Book 1 in our newly-founded 2-person book group, and while it wouldn’t have been my first pick, I actually really enjoyed reading it, and it was an excellent book for discussion.
Hedges refuses to blame the victims, but instead blames the society that created them and the villains who exploit them. Mar 31, Jami rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Although it is likely to be read only by those who agree with Hedges, it should be read by all; many of the more thoughtful among the Christian Right would likely have the wool pulled from their eyes.
In short, the movement is not yet revolutionary.
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When people come to believe that they are immune from evil, that there is no resemblance between themselves and those they define as the enemy, they will inevitably grow to embody the evil they claim to fight.
He does a stellar job amrrican describing the inner workings of the loonies. So why the four stars? Hedges does point this out at least once in the book, but it is too easy for the uninitiated to miss that every evangelical is NOT a dominionist.
He concludes his book with an entreaty to moderate Christians and all others committed to democracy and an open society “to give up passivity, to challenge aggressively this extremist movement’s appropriation of Christianity and to do everything possible to defend tolerance. We have never fully adhered to these values—indeed, probably never will—but our health as a country is determined by our steadfastness in striving to attain them.
But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society. The vulnerable are systematically recruited by intoxicating preachers and their trained disciples who use virtually any tactic, moral or not, that works.
The major televangelists, Hedges writes, “rule their fiefdoms as despotic potentates. One person’s straw man is another’s hero.
His argument against what he sees as a democratic society’s suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. More By and About This Author. It also seemed a little on the excessive and dramatic side too.
I kept telling my Club friend why I was quitting again. View all 46 comments. A movement that craves an End of Times but the unanswered question is what comes after that? I had found that many of these hsdges do not care about others, of helping the poor, or of giving them health care. Often I felt I had to decipher his frustrations from his observations, and while his observations and data are still viable, I didn’t need him to interpret them FOR me.
This part from Will’s review: It, too, makes us feel good. This belief system negates the possibility of the ethical life.