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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Lists with This Book. Many of our forefathers left England in the name of religious freedom. 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.

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The reason is that God wants to abolish the cult of sun worship. And there are others like him.

I went with her, but I didn’t get saved. The Christian right is, though, “a sworn and potent enemy of the open society”, which is just about as bad; and the book is a kind of checklist in which you can tick off their characteristics against those of their predecessors: It doesn’t mean that they represent the views of all Baptists.

By defining what is right and wrong, by viewing history and even prehistory through the prism of a literal interpretation of the Bible, they seek to impose their worldview on all and to hell – literally – with those who refuse to accept their way.

Book by Chris Hedges. They take advantage of people undergoing extreme hardships, whether in economic or psychological terms. It, too, promises to life us up and thrill us.


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We are not a Christian nation. Hedges argues that the extreme wing of the contemporary Christian movement in the US shares much with the actions and worldview of other historical fascist movements, movements that often mask the full extent of their drive for totalitarianism and their willingness to make concessions only until they achieved unrivaled power. P 28 The movement is fueled by fear of powerful external and internal enemies whose duplicity and cunning is constantly at work.

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 mo My Dad’s Mom was actually cut from cloth very similar to this, except she might not have been quite as much about world domination she lived in Wisconsin.

View all 16 comments. 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.

As such, I can only give this book a full five stars for its foresight and accuracy being written inA year before Obama came into office. But it was just so damn depressing! And we must amdrican as such. Basically scaring the hell out of me, pardon the pun to turn my back on the whole damn thing.

I held off on reviewing this book. Riveting, in the worst way.

To ask other readers questions about American Fascistsplease sign up. Feb 05, D Steven Ledingham rated it it was amazing.

One result of my reading hwdges book: Hedges is angry, and his anger colors and frames much of his argument. How tolerant should a free society be towards intolerance? While Hedges asserts at the end of the book that he feels that a Christian Fascism will not happen in America, he also claims that we are one major disaster — be it economic, natural, or terroristic — away from the Christian Right usurping power, at which fasists this body of people would establish a Christian theocracy.


We have never fully adhered to these values—indeed, probably never will—but our health as a country is determined by our steadfastness in striving to attain them.

One person’s straw man is amdrican hero. May 07, Jessaka rated it really liked it Shelves: We’ll take our country back for Christ. But the book would be much better if Chris Hedges could provide a more constructive solution.

However, he issues a powerful plea for resistance to intolerance, pointing out that in our desire to accept a multiplicity of views, we should be wary of giving credence to views that explicitly attack and neutralize those who disagree; e.

But according to this book, it seems to be a pretty big deal. He was in a horrific car accident, he was thrown out of the vehicle, and the other 3 in the car died. They are systematically attempting to subvert the root institutions and beliefs of America, intent on ushering in a theocratic state, disenfranchising any who object, attacking the other, whether for sexual or religious preference.