Book review

Here’s another books review, though this is a single one.

American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America by Chris Hedges

A similar review can be found here.

Just like one of the books I previously reviewed (Republican Gomorrah by Max Blumenthal), Hedges  shows the alignment of the Religious Right and the Republican party.  He notes that he is a Christian in order to avoid a conflict of interest, though he says he doesn’t believe the Bible literally.

Hedges shows how fundamentalism has warped our language. Words such as “freedom,” “liberty” and “justice” no longer have the same meaning. These words now mean freedom through a relationship with Jesus, the liberty of living forever in Heaven and God will smite all nonbelievers, respectively. Hedges also shows how these people rail against the “secular, evil media,” “secular, evil education,” choosing to home-school their children, thus indoctrinating them. The “Creation Museum” is mentioned as a way to control people’s minds. Given all of these revelations, American Fascists is similar to one of my favorite books, Idiot America.

By linking the Religious Right and the Republican party, Hedges shows how fundamentalists have wrought one-horse issues such as gay marriage and abortion into American politics.

The essence of this book is to show how we are becoming our own worst enemy.


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