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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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 move to reconfigure the political system. They travel on private jets, have huge personal fortunes and descend on the faithful in limousines and surrounded by a small retinue of burly bodyguards.
For a summary of the moral agenda of fundamentalists, see Hedges’ description of a church service led by Rod Parsley, head of the World Harvest Church, pp. 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.
Hedges argues that the movement currently resembles the young fascist movements in Italy and Germany in the s and ’30s, movements that often masked the full extent of their drive for totalitarianism and were willing to make concessions until they achieved unrivaled power.
We face an imminent threat. And then, read the book. Having hung out with a lot of main line Christians as well as a lot of evangelicals and card-carrying fundamentalist loonies in my day, I have to commend Chris Hedges on his attempt to characterize that last group there. Second, this book is more like an anecdotal rant mocking the stupidity of various Christian lunatics than a scholarly assessment of the movement. Hedges calls the current tenet of Christian Rightists —Dominionism- their Man has dominion over everything and equates it with fascism.
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Christ Hedges’ book entitled ‘American Fascists’ is a ferocious affair that targets not Christianity, but those that have infiltrated the Hefges version of Christianity to their own gain.
So why the four stars? Views Read Edit View history. Aug 30, David Stephens rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trivia About American Fascists I do not want America to become a Christian nation.
Hedges has solid credentials as a “person of faith”, but sees clearly the inherent dan The danger of the “Christian” right wing to our freedom and right to live as we desire is vastly underrated, and Hedges does a brilliant job of exposing this danger.
You might think that the term “American Fascists” is a little inflammatory. He points to the hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between 80 and percent approval ratings from the three most influential Christian Right advocacy amedican as one of many signs that the movement is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it.
But NO one can control the use of a name.
Hedges tells us that the radical religious right takes its cue from R. Seperation of church and state is one of the major things that have made this country great. Then prepare yourself to defend our democracy against those who would destroy it. Hedgex kept telling my Club friend why I was quitting again. We need to be forgiving.
Anyway, 3 stars for its humor value, I laughed my head off while reading this book: The televangelists have built their movement on these commercial precepts. But in American FascistsChris Hedges makes a convincing case that a similar movement is afoot in modern America. We cannot reach this movement. The inescapable conclusion is that the unthinkable could happen here, too.
We can americqn the Christian Right for the murderous ignorance of the Bush era, for the renewed love of war seen among an unfortunate segment of our country, the blind obedience to authority, the undermining of public schools, irrational hatred cchris religious groups, denial of women’s rights, all the result of the ignorant white men who run these institutions usually motivated by a desire for power, money, and sex.
P [people] who do not conform to the ideology are gradually dehumanized. The threat posed by a very strong group of evangelicals in union with a powerful and well funded group of politicians and heads of unfettered transnational corporations is very real.
They are tainted with the despised characteristics inherent in the godless. Hedges describes and documents in frightening detail fascistd people we have most to fear. 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: I speak in the past hedtes for good reason.
The movement’s call to dismantle the wall between church and state and the intolerance it preaches against all who do not conform to its warped vision of a Christian America are pumped into tens of millions of American homes through Christian television and radio stations, as well as reinforced through the curriculum in Christian schools.