American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on America Hardcover – 19 Sep 2006
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"Chris Hedges may be the most credible figure yet to detect real-life fascism in the Red America of megachurches, gay-marriage bans and Left Behind books. American Facists is at its most daring when it enunciates...the perversities that are obvious to those of us not beholden to political exigencies." -- "New York Observer"
A startling and terrifying expose of the political ambitions of the Christian Right in America - and a clarion call for everyone who cares about freedom. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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"Our job is to reclaim America for Christ, whatever the cost. As vice-regents of God, we are to exercise godly dominion and influence over our neighborhoods, our schools, our government, our literature and arts, our sports areanas, our entertainment media, our scientific endeavors -- in short, over every aspect and institution of human society." (p. 58)
Hedges travels widely to hear great speakers, attend seminars and visit with radical fundamentalists. He offers some understanding, or perhaps pity, towards these people's needs for order, direction, certitude and righteousness in a chaotic society. But his sympathy is limited by a conviction that these people are pushing his country towards totalitarian fascism. He notes that the Dominionist agenda calls for a restoration of harsh ancient laws from before the time of Jesus or of modern Judaism: the death penalty for adultery, homosexuality, blasphemy, incest, striking a parent, incorrigible juvenile delinquency, and, in the case of women, unchastity before marriage. Beyond this, Hedges sees a regressive agenda to make Christianity more supportive of powerful economic interests:
"... When it is faith alone that will determine your wellbeing, when faith alone cures illness, overcomes emotional distress, and ensures financial and physical security, there is no need for outside, secular institutions, for social service and regulatory agencies to exist. ... To put trust in secular institutions is to lack faith, to give up on God's magic and miracles.Read more ›
The movement has very wealthy backers for two main reasons, politically, the assault on democracy and economically, the promotion of unfettered capitalism.
Assault on democracy
The Christian Right calls for the destruction of an open and pluralist society with its civil-rights laws, trade unions and public schools teaching secular humanism.
Education and welfare should be handed over to the churches. `Tithes' should be paid by the population.
The movement is anti-gay, anti-abortion, anti-liberal, anti-immigrants, anti-Hindu, anti-Muslim and for severe sexual repression.
Chris Hedges accuses one of its members as being the mastermind of vote counts manipulation in recent elections.
Unfettered capitalism (the gospel of prosperity)
Unfettered capitalism allows the exploitation of human workers by paying less than living wages, thereby generating billions of dollars of profits for the corporatocracy.
The Christian Right controls a big part of the Republican Party. Its organizations received billions of dollars under the Bush II administrations.
It has representatives in the Supreme Court, in the Senate and the House of Representatives.
It can spread its message through its own TV channels, radio stations and newspapers.
The Christian Right tries to create a political mass movement with people, who are, in fact, victims of this unfettered capitalism (see also, T. Frank: What's the Matter with Kansas.Read more ›
I'm a Christian, a dyed-in-the-wool Christian who genuinely believes in God and tries to serve God on a daily and ongoing basis. Part of this 'walk' is treating other people, no matter who they are and whatever they believe (or don't believe for that matter), with genuine courtesy and respect. Also, although I am unemployed I try now and again to give a little to a number of charities that I think need my limited help. No, I am not perfect, nor am I a 'holy Joe' of any kind either, just an ordinary, basically Working class bloke who happens to be a Christian. It seems to me that often, but not always, Christianity, or the practise of Christianity, in America and sometimes even Britain gets a bad name, for one reason or another. In America, it seems that Right-wing conservative politics seems somehow to be aligned with Christianity, and in Britain Christianity seems to be far more about Middle class values and the 'Great and the Good' far more than it does about the majority of people who are just ordinary, ordinary in the broadest sense of the word at any rate. Do we feel that Christianity in some cases has been hijacked, and do people proclaim their belief just to look respectable? I do wonder sometimes.
What this book talks about is that some Christianity in America has indeed been hijacked by very Right-wing politically conservative people, who are often anti-union and who are for low-paid employment, whilst believing in unfettered capitalism that benefits the rich over the poor.Read more ›
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Thank dog religion is on the way out is all I can say. Frightening.Published 11 months ago by Mr. James F. Forrest
america seems to have its own logic system an this is a very scary look at right wing christian who have there own hate filled view of the word,from tawdy preachers with tv scams... Read morePublished on 12 Dec. 2013 by m. dosa
Democracy is something you either participate in, value and defend, or you will find one day that you don't have it anymore. Read morePublished on 24 Nov. 2013 by Johnny B
An interesting analysis of the mutual interests of the religious right,big business and right wing politics in the US. Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2012 by Kindle Customer
As Umberto Eco writes in his introduction, within fundamentalism, "there can be no advancement of learning. Truth has already been spelt out once and for all ... Read morePublished on 10 Oct. 2011 by William Podmore
Does Chris Hedges ever examine his own beliefs as critically and thoroughly as he has demolished those of the so-called Christian Right in the USA? Read morePublished on 2 Sept. 2011 by Helot
The immediate lesson to be taken from this book is very valuable. It's a quote from US theologian Reinhold Niebuhr - religion is a good thing for good people and a bad thing for... Read morePublished on 22 Jun. 2011 by Teemacs
The book wasn't the most awe inspiring, but at least the author wasn't incompetent like so many I've come across
Pick it up if you want to see where Christians are going... Read more
I read this book after thoroughly enjoying Chris Hedges' `Why I Don't Believe In Atheists`. However, I didn't find `American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America'... Read morePublished on 22 May 2009 by E. Mundy