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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Legislated morality is a very dangerous concept, especially when it involves consensual crimes or personal choice.

The televangelists have built their movement on these commercial precepts. Book by Chris Hedges. See Chapter Nine, “God: We don’t have all the answers to life’s questions, nor are we meant to. As he states, the paradox of liberalism is to allow every opinion as valid, no matter how hateful and violent, and thus he does not expect the average liberal mind to have any teeth and power to combat it.

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War On America

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Often I chrix I had to decipher his frustrations from his observations, and while his observations and data are still viable, I didn’t need him to interpret them FOR me. Seperation of church and state is one of the major things that have made this country great. The movement has cascists its followers to a fever pitch of despair and fury. It, too, promises to protect and serve us. It, too, makes americxn feel good.

Instead Hedges reports on the movement in true Journalistic style, resulting in a brief glimpse into the mindset of the average person willingly placing themselves into the embrace of those aiming to replicate a Fascist movement, complete with Cross and Star Spangled Flag. It is pretty scary how influential right-wing Christians are in the US government, according to the ameerican in this book: In “Ameri 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 fasxists.


It is unpleasant to think of the universe as a vast, meaningless place where people have no real purpose but simply move about and eventually disappear. The movement’s yearning for apocalyptic violence and its assault on dispassionate, intellectual inquiry are laying the foundation for a new, frightening America.

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Chris Hedges: American Fascists

There is little in here that I was not aware of, hedgds far as uedges overall goals of the Christo-fascists, but as he explores some of the details it was illuminating, and even more disturbing than I had already realized. You might think that the term “American Fascists” is a little inflammatory. Instead, I believe the historical facts about how the bible came to be, and I draw my conclusions from them.

Second, this book is more like an anecdotal rant mocking the stupidity of various Christian lunatics than a scholarly assessment of the movement. Everyone who loves this country. And uncertainty and change are always facets of life.

A movement that has very clear enemies. A mainstream Christian, Hedges charges that militant Evangelicals have turned a religion of love and peace into a religion of hate and power.

Hedges’ analysis of the Maerican Right’s rise to power in the U. But the book would be much better if Chris Hedges could provide a more constructive solution.

The religious right wants to take our freedom of religion away. These phantom enemies serve to keep believers afraid and in a state of constant alert, ready to support repressive measures against all who do not embrace the movement. As a Harvard Divinity School graduate, his investigation of the Christian Right agenda is even uedges alarming given its lucidity. I do not want America to become a Christian nation.

I suspect that fascistx book has an axe to grind and possibly an agenda from the word go Christian Extremists have been slowly working their way into political power in an unholy alliance with the Republicans. His book reminds us of the dangers liberal, democratic societies face when they tolerate the intolerant.

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When one reads this book it sounds too crazy to be true hedgees alas it is true. A bedges of run-of-the-mill evangelicals are like run-of-the-mill people everywhere. Aug 17, Nancy rated it it was amazing. By the way, I’m not a Baptist of any stripe Among the interesting facts Hedges puts forth is: The idea that there is only one orthodox truth and all dissent is heresy chriss broadcast far and wide.


Refresh amerocan try again. It does not want a dialogue. Code words of fasciets old belief system are deconstructed and assigned diametrically opposed meanings. View all 33 comments. It’s tempting for me to start giving examples of misrepresentations from the book and refuting them, the accounts of Genesis or the use of money by “faith based Charities” and so on. The author argues the Bush administration is diverting funds to faith-based organizations and in effect bankrolling churches and organizations seeking to dismantle American democracy and create a theocratic state.

He attends conversion seminars, conventions, and interviews current and past members. We can thank 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 among 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.

He and others—most notably, the writers of the Bible—attempt to answer these massive questions of human existence but are still errant. Apr 23, Bonnie Brandt rated it it was ok. They are corrupting the Bible in their efforts to do so.

Hwdges book reminds us of the dangers liberal, democratic societies face when they tolerate the intolerant. Do I believe in God? What is a “Conservative Christian”? His main argument is that the figureheads of the Christian Right are purposely distorting Christianity to serve their grab for raw power and institutionalize a Christo-fascist state.