An eye-opening account and interesting to read in today's environment (written in 2006)
Probably considered unthinkable flights of fancy in 2006; yet, here we are.
It helps to make sense of the fact, for instance, that Roy Moore supporters would vote for him under any circumstances.
I like and respect Chris Hedges, for awhile he existed as one of the few non-Fake News guys out there, but he had to resign the New York Times as he refused to write their Fake News [ergo, those still at the NY Times are Fake Newsies], just as Robert Parry was fired from the AP for writing Real News, just as Kristina Borjesson was fired from CBS for reporting Real News, just as Amber Lyon was fired from CNN for Real News reportage - - and people believe we have anything BUT Fake News today?!?!? [Reminds me of Between The Lines radio show, a self-described //progressive news\\ show, which recently described the Brookings Institution as // centrist \\ - - unbelievable! The place where the Hamilton Project resides, founded by bankster, Robert Rubin, to privatize everything. If people do not understand that the PRIVATIZATION OF EVERYTHING is pure fascism, they are in a world of cognitive hurt.]
Anyway, I will refrain from commenting on this book, as I believe the ultimate fascism is globalism, whereby the elites endgame is to own everything, including us!
Interestingly, I could never find a book about the "Christian Left"...
prejudice with a facade
Well Mr. Hedges. You don't, and won't, see true bible believing Christians going around blowing themselves up and cutting off innocent people's heads. I don't agree with groups like Westborough Baptist, etc. They are not sinless, and they don't show a drop of Christian mercy. I am tired of being lumped in with fanatical Christians who only succeed in giving meek and mild Christians a bad name, that of "fundamentalists". I do consider homosexuality, pedophilia, beastiality, etc. sexual sin because the bible clearly states God hates it. But, God hates ALL sin. No matter how "great", or how "small". In His eyes all sin is equal. The problem comes when we make excuses for our sin and fail to recognize it for what it is...an abomination. When someone says, "I think God...", they are creating a god for themselves. One which suits their purposes, and allows them to sin freely. If they are a homosexual, then they create a god who's "love" doesn't see gender. A god who is a liar, because the words of their god are meaningless. Their god says homosexuality, etc. is a sinful act and an abomination, then, later
"changes his mind" and it's okay as long as you love one another. Basically, anyone who believes the one true God of the bible is a fanatical fundamentalist in Mr. Hedges book. This type of hyperbole and rhetoric has created liberal left-wing fanatics who want to take any form of religion and flush it, especially Christianity. Why is it okay to attack Christians today, but God help them if they actually call Islamic terrorists radical? Don't they realize that in Islam homosexuals are beheaded? And, yet, Christians are "fascists", "fanatics", "dangerous", etc. This is another example of satan's agenda at work.
"The Rise of Christian Fascism and Its Threat to American Democracy – We must attend to growing social and economic inequities in order to stop the most dangerous mass movement in American history -- or face a future of fascism under the guise of Christian values.” 07-02-2007 by Chris Hedges from
http://www.alternet.org/story/47679/the_rise_of_christian_fascism_and_its_threat_to_american_democracy . . .
and . . .
“The Christian Fascists Are Growing Stronger” by Chris Hedges 07-06-2010 from
and . . .
“seek and ye shall find” . .
“Handbook of U.S. Theologies of Liberation”
edited by: Miguel A. De La Torre 1958-
bio at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Miguel_A._De_La_Torre
and . . .
“The Cambridge Companion to Liberation Theology”
edited by Christopher Rowland
Cambridge University Press; 2 edition 2007, ISBN-10: 0521688930 . . ISBN-13: 978-0521688932
bio at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christopher_Rowland_(theologian)
and . . .
"A Theology of Liberation: History, Politics, and Salvation"
by Gustavo Gutiérrez
Orbis Books; Revised edition 2002, ISBN-10: 0883445425 . . ISBN-13: 978-0883445426
bio at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gustavo_Guti%C3%A9rrez
and . . .
The following list includes other well-known Christian socialists:
Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., martyr of Philippine democracy, who described himself as a "born again" Catholic and Christian Socialist.
Edward Bellamy, author of Looking Backward
Francis Bellamy, original author of the Pledge of Allegiance
Karl Barth, theologian
Tony Benn, British Parliamentarian and Campaigner
Robert Malachy Burke
Hugo Chávez, Former President of Venezuela and Catholic Socialist.
Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador
Dorothy Day, Co-Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
Eugene V. Debs
from: “Christian socialism”
"Blueprint for Theocracy : The Christian Right's Vision for America : Examining a Radical Worldview and Its Roots"
James C. Sanford
Metacomet Books 2014, hc, 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0974704202, ISBN-13: 978-0974704203
"Investigating Christian Privilege and Religious Oppression in the United States"
Warren J. Blumenfeld, Khyati Y. Joshi, Ellen E. Fairchild (contributors)
Sense Pub, 2008, ISBN-10: 9087906773, ISBN-13: 978-9087906771
"The New Religious Right : Piety, Patriotism, and Politics"
Walter H. Capps
University of South Carolina Press, Revised edition 1990, pbk, 268 Pages
ISBN-10: 0872497410, ISBN-13: 978-0872497412
"The Fundamentals of Extremism : The Christian Right in America"
Edwin Kagin, Bobbie Kirkhart, Ed Buckner, Herb Silverman, John Suarez (authors), Kimberly Blaker (author, editor), John Swomley (foreword)
New Boston Books 2003, hc, 288 pages
ISBN-10: 0972549609, ISBN-13: 978-0972549608
Much more nuanced than similar themed works by Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens. Wish Chris Hedges was more experienced in the details of financial hegemony...
Exceptional book by an exceptional author.
Simply a MUST read by any truly concerned and truly Patriotic American!!!
Somewhat dated, but only in sense that the situation with a fanatically fundamentalist Christian Right - even as it drops in raw numbers - has worsened that much more in strident attacks, shrieks of being persecuted, and clamping a shockingly strong hold on a "major" political party (actually, polling of registered voters in the last general election showed that Independents were 39%, Democrats were 34%, and 23% were Republican - yet their political power as controlled by this Christian Right is unfathomable).
If half what Hedges says in this now 'dated' book is right, it is surprising that there has not been some sort of 'revolution' in the USA. It is polemical and extremely worrying even in the light of the current political shenanigans among Republicans.
There are others who write of the same concerns but this is more directly about the political issues.
Good introduction to, and warning about the growing power of the Christian Right in the US; its distressing that Hedges has become far more pessimistic about the outlook for the US middle class since writing this book in 2007
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