American Fascists

American Fascists

The Christian Right and the War on America

Book - 2006
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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. InAmerican Fascists,Chris Hedges, veteran journalist and author of the National Book Award finalistWar Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning,challenges the Christian Right's 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 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. The movement's 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 movement's 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 usephysical 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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Free Press, c2006.
ISBN: 9780743284431
0743284437
Characteristics: 254 p.

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StarGladiator
Feb 22, 2017

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!

susienor Nov 17, 2015

Interestingly, I could never find a book about the "Christian Left"...

theschmudes Nov 17, 2015

prejudice with a facade

kmgarner23 Nov 17, 2015

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.

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naturalist
Jul 20, 2015

"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
http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/the_christian_fascists_are_growing_stronger_20100607
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
Walt Brown
Hugo Chávez, Former President of Venezuela and Catholic Socialist.
Mauricio Funes
Rafael Correa, President of Ecuador
Dorothy Day, Co-Founder of the Catholic Worker Movement
Percy Dearmer
Eugene V. Debs
Tommy Douglas,
etc.
from: “Christian socialism”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_socialism#Prominent_Christian_socialists

redban Mar 30, 2015

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...

LRS1969 Feb 03, 2015

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).

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Deadeyedoc
Mar 31, 2012

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.

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21288004246712
Jan 26, 2011

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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pten17
Jul 30, 2010

Wow, what a great book. It is a great examination of how self-delusional people can become when possessing a myopic view of themselves.

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