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Written by Chris Hedges
Format(s): PDF
Language: English
Release date: January 8, 2008
Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and
televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian
nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take
such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer
sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our
freedom and our way of life. 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 Rights
religious legitimacy and argues that at its core it is a mass movement
fueled by unbridled nationalism and a hatred for the open society.
Hedges, who grew up in rural parishes in upstate New York where his
father was a Presbyterian pastor, attacks the movement as someone
steeped in the Bible and Christian tradition. He points to the
hundreds of senators and members of Congress who have earned between
80 and 100 percent approval ratings from the three most influential
Christian Right advocacy groups as one of many signs that the movement
is burrowing deep inside the American government to subvert it. The
movements 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. The
movements yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on
dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a
new, frightening America.
American Fascists, which includes interviews and coverage of events
such as pro-life rallies and weeklong classes on conversion
techniques, examines the movements origins, its driving motivations
and its dark ideological underpinnings. Hedges argues that the
movement currently resembles the young fascist movements in Italy and
Germany in the 1920s 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. The Christian Right,
like these early fascist movements, does not openly call for
dictatorship, nor does it use
physical violence to suppress opposition. In short, the movement is
not yet revolutionary. But the ideological architecture of a Christian
fascism is being cemented in place. The movement has roused its
followers to a fever pitch of despair and fury. All it will take,
Hedges writes, is one more national crisis on the order of September
11 for the Christian Right to make a concerted drive to destroy
American democracy. The movement awaits a crisis. At that moment they
will reveal themselves for what they truly are -- the American heirs
to fascism. Hedges issues a potent, impassioned warning. We face an
imminent threat. His book reminds us of the dangers liberal,
democratic societies face when they tolerate the intolerant.
From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. The f-word crops up in the most respectable quarters
these days. Yet if the provocative title of this exposť by Hedges (War
Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning)--sounds an alarm, the former New
York Times foreign correspondent takes care to employ his terms
precisely and decisively. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his
investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even more alarming
given its lucidity. Citing the psychology and sociology of fascism and
cults, including the work of German historian Fritz Stern, Hedges
draws striking parallels between 20th-century totalitarian movements
and the highly organized, well-funded "dominionist movement," an
influential theocratic sect within the countrys huge evangelical
population. Rooted in a radical Calvinism, and wrapping its
apocalyptic, vehemently militant, sexist and homophobic vision in
patriotic and religious rhetoric, dominionism seeks absolute power in
a Christian state. Hedgess reportage profiles both former members and
true believers, evoking the particular characteristics of this
American variant of fascism. His argument against what he sees as a
democratic societys suicidal tolerance for intolerant movements has
its own paradoxes. But this urgent book forcefully illuminates what
many across the political spectrum will recognize as a serious and
growing threat to the very concept and practice of an open society.
(Jan. 9)
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier
Inc. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or
unavailable edition of this title.
"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
"Throughout, Hedges documents, and reflects on, what he feels is the
bigotry, the homophobia, the fanaticism -- and the deeply un-Christian
ideology -- that pose clear and present danger in our previous and
fragile republic." -- O, the Oprah magazine
"This is a powerful book that looks inside some of the darkest
movements on American soil." -- Time Out New York
Paperback: 274 pages
Publisher: Free Press (January 8, 2008)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0743284461
ISBN-13: 978-0743284462

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