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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Do I believe in God? A group of religious utopians, with the sympathy and support of millions of Americans, are slowly dismantling democratic institutions to establish a religious tyranny, the springboard to an American fascism. It goes from providing a group of people with a purpose to curtailing the lives hecges other human beings. Do I believe in the bible? This belief system negates the possibility of the ethical life. This book is a must-read. In this case, I not only disagree with the book’s conclusions however, I disagree with it’s methods.
P 13 While traditional fundamentalism shares many of the darker traits of the new national americam as blind obedience to a male hierarchy that often claims to speak for god, intolerance toward nonbelievers, and a disdain for rational, intellectual inquiry—it has never attempted to impose its belief system on the rest of the nation.
The urgency of some of Hedges’ arguments may have lost some of their relevancy because of the countervailing politics of the so-called “left” during the Obama administration.
This book tells why they are to be feared and how they work. As such, I can only give this book a full five stars for its foresight and accuracy being written inA year before Obama came into office.
Cbris I agree with him this phenomenon is dangerous, he completely ignores the social and economic backdrop that drive these people to this ideology of fear, intolerance and frankly, fanatical bullshit.
That is changing the definition of words, hijacking language, and thereby strangling thought.
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But Hedges does not claim that the Christian right is a Nazi party, nor that America will inevitably become a fascist state, as we understand the term. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
They want to control education in America. Men like the born again Evangelical Mike Penceand flat out white-supremacist Steve Bannon to name a few have – to steal a term from Hedges – been “vomited” up from the slime of the morally vapid dregs of America’s left behind.
We need to be forgiving. Just watched ‘Milk’ – awesome; in no small part for it’s portrayal of the horror that was Anita Bryant, early soldier of this movement I guess. Apr 28, Tim rated it really liked it Shelves: By defining what is right and wrong, by viewing history and even prehistory through the prism of a literal interpretation of the Bible, they seek to impose their worldview on all and to hell – literally – with chfis who refuse to accept their way.
I found this to be a passionate and well-researched analysis. Since leaving facsists church back then I hadn’t really kept up with the doings hedged the Christian Right.
But what they have set out to create is far, far worse than what we endure. Hedges is a former seminary student with a master’s degree in hedged from Harvard Divinity School and was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times. In American Fascists, Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of the National Book Award finalist War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, challenges the Christian Right’s religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Chris Hedges
He does not make easy targets of the masses of downtrodden souls who make up the movement, often giving them humane descriptions and sympathy for their situation. The word “brilliant” is not one I often use on a non-fiction book, but it is the exactly correct word for this book.
The Rise of Disaster Capitalism”. I gave it four stars because I think his premise is correct on many points – for example that the politics of what is now anointed as “conservatism” by the Christian and not-so-Christian right is informed by an apocalyptic vision of the imminent second coming of Our Lord and Savior I believe that He is coming, also, but when that is is up to the Father: Jun 30, Colleen Toporek rated it really liked it.
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He points out how the leaders of this movement have evacuated core Christianity of its meaning, substituting inside the false cover of the Christian name a core of exclusion, violence, victimization, and dehumanization that is very much worth fearing.
The old definitions of words are replaced by new ones. In fact, before moving to the south, I had only a few negative views of Christianity, but now I have grown to fear and dislike the far fight Christians.
I am grateful for chrus churches that run food pantries and provide shelter for the homeless but feel that government that uses it as an excuse to discard their own citizens is unacceptable.
When despair is profound, the desperate seek miracles. Rooted in a radical Calvinismand wrapping its apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in a Christian state.