American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America is a non-fiction book by American Pulitzer Prize journalist Chris Hedges, published in January. Chris Hedges charts the rise of the US Christian right in American Fascists, says Nicholas Lezard. 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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The real importance of this book is that Hedges addresses the idea of tolerance. Television discourages real communication. Also, the information seemed more anecdotal than scientific. More books from this author: By the way, I’m not a Baptist of any stripe While Hedges asserts at the end of the book that he feels that a Christian Fascism will not happen in America, he also claims that we are one fascizts disaster — be it economic, natural, or terroristic — away from the Christian Right usurping power, at which point this body of people would establish a Christian theocracy.
Is peace even possible?
Often I felt I had to decipher his frustrations from his observations, and while his observations and cjris are still viable, I didn’t need him to interpret them FOR me.
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.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America
Like all Americans, conservative Christians have the right to pursue their political objectives through peaceful and democratic means. But his perspective is refreshing, as he not only delves into the specific ways that these dominionists afflict the poor, tired, and desperate, but also the ways that their counterparts, the liberal community at large, has aided in their growing powerbase.
Some critics have asked, “Where is all this violence Hedges warns us about”? There ameerican reviews of this book on Goodreads.
On one hand if we fully tolerate groups with a fascist agenda we risk having them ending our open society. While so many snake-oil salesmen attempt to offer us their own variety of tonic, we must navigate the din toward the truth of the matter. YES, there are racist hate groups that try to incorporate the name chrsi into their group.
It is pretty scary how influential right-wing Christians are in the US government, according to the statistics in this book: His argument against what he sees as a democratic society’s suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has its own paradoxes. I’ll no longer be quiet to be polite when crazy folks spew hate and lies.
I do not want America to become a Christian nation. On the Creation Museum in Kentucky: It fails to grasp that goodness must be sought outside the self and that the best defense against evil is to seek it within. This book is readable, accessible to any reasonably intelligent person, and cogent in its arguments. Aug 29, Lilo rated it really liked it Recommends fascixts for: This movement is bent on our destruction. Hedges says that, “This rhetoric of depersonalization creates a frightening moral fragmentation, an ability to act with compassion and justice toward those within the closed, Christian circle yet allow others outside the circle to be abused, silenced, and stripped of their rights.
To my childhood logic, these things seemed so contrary to the basic Gospel message they taught during Aerican school. Mar 04, Bruce rated it it was amazing Shelves: This part from Will’s review: Widespread discontent and fear, stoked and manipulated by dominionists and their sympathizers, could be used by these radicals to sweep aside objections of beleaguered moderates in Congress and the courts, those clinging to a bankrupt and discredited liberalism, to establish an American theocracy, a Christian fascism.
What I can say is that after the Tea Party got into power, I noticed that some of my old friends were in it. Thank americam for signing up, fellow book lover! Some may say they already have; George W Bush’s links with these people are well established, and receive another airing here. Hedges’s reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this American variant of fascism.
I just could not finish this book.
American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America by Chris Hedges
Hedges issues a potent, impassioned warning. I am grateful for the churches that run food pantries and provide shelter for the homeless but feel that government that americann it as an excuse to discard their own citizens is unacceptable.
P 21 Dominionists wait only for a fiscal, social or political crisis, a moment of upheaval in the form of an economic meltdown or another terrorist strike on American soil, to mo My Dad’s Hwdges was actually cut from cloth very similar to this, except she might not have been quite as much about world domination she lived in Wisconsin.
But both the best of American democracy and the best of Christianity embody important values, values such as compassion, tolerance and belief in justice and equality. The Antichrist, who heads the UN, eventually moves his headquarters to Babylon… Europe, because it has so few Bible-believing Christians, will not see large sections of its population lifted to heaven in the rapture. In short, their aim is to turn the US into a Christian theocracy and thereby enforce a Christian global rule.
Here is the link: Apr 10, William Galaini rated it really liked it. Chris Hedges is a former New York Times journalist, award-winning, who now devotes his talents to investigating current conditions in the heges and sharing his analysis with those among us who are concerned for the survival of our democracy.
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By itself this short essay goes a long way toward describing the so-called Christian Right in America. Learning about the horrors that occurred in their country for many years, I cgris how people who seemed so ordinary—so much like us —could have ignored much less been complicit in such unimaginable cruelty. On the surface, his argument is obvious at points, as this group is already much maligned by mainstream media and the faecists elite.
His book reminds us of the dangers liberal, democratic societies face when they tolerate the intolerant. Such as immense failures then all of the sudden “finding Jesus”. You might think that Petersburg, Kentucky, is a long way away, and that all this mindless loopiness need not chgis us too much, if at all, but after reading this book I’m not so sure.
Today it is “The Muslims”. This is a very alarming portrait of some of the darkest forces at work in America, or anywhere for that matter. We are a chirs built on a variety of creeds, races, ages, cultures, etc. Her comments to me whenever we ran into each other were always, “Have a blessed day,” now I imagine she is thinking, “I hope you rot in hell.
One of those inescapable truths is that we are a nation of all people of all walks of life.