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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He claims also that our current culture of run-away consumerism must be checked, at hesges to the point where jobs are returned to those they were stripped from. Anyone who has read many of my hefges and has actually read this book will know I’ll disagree with it’s conclusions.

At that moment they will reveal themselves for what they truly are — the American heirs to fascism. They travel on private jets, have huge personal fortunes and descend on the faithful in limousines and surrounded by a small retinue of burly bodyguards.

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.

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Published January 9th by Free Press first published January 1st Perhaps I am picking nits, but I felt that, while his take was compelling, I would have been more impressed with more detailed, point by point comparison of faxcists and historical movement actions.

It, too, promises to protect and serve us. P 36 Those in the movement now fight, fueled by the rage of the dispossessed, to crush and silence the reality-based world.

Preview — American Fascists by Chris Nedges. The blind, human love, the acceptance of the other, is attacked as an inferior love, dangerous and untrustworthy. 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 move to reconfigure the political system.

Cbris would be sitting helplessly in a nursing home and having the peace of my last days disturbed not only by busy-body nurses dragging me into the shower at un-Christian hours but also by intruding religious fundamentalists, trying to stuff the gospel down my throat and proselytize me hedgs a religion that should have been done and over with along with the Dark Ages.


Skip to main content. They are corrupting the Bible in their efforts to do so. If one takes a world view, one will notice Christian Rightists and radical Islamists share many beliefs. The idea that there is only one orthodox truth and all dissent is heresy is broadcast far and wide.

But Hedges is not unduly pessimistic.

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By itself this short essay goes a long way toward describing the so-called Chr American Fascists should be read by people willing to think. When liberals like Hedges adopt a similar culture war mentality, they only fortify the divide and lend ammunition to their adversaries. But it was just so damn depressing! The book is filled with hate-filled intolerance aimed at homosexuals, liberals, and secular-humanists, the latter of which is apparently a gaudy, widely used pejorative.

Hedges’s reportage profiles both former members and true believers, evoking the particular characteristics cgris this American variant of fascism. Hedges issues a potent, impassioned warning. He says that, “I do not deny the right of Christian radicals to be, to believe and worship as they choose. I was raised in one of the churches mentioned in this book in the ‘s and ‘s until I learned from a real science teacher in the 8th grade how truth is fascistss using the scientific method.

Mar 31, Jami rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I do not want America to become a Christian nation. We are not a Christian nation. Hedes threat posed by a very strong group of evangelicals in union with a powerful and well funded group of politicians and heads of unfettered transnational corporations is very real.

More books from chfis author: Apr 23, Bonnie Brandt rated it it was ok. Hedges is a former seminary student with a master’s degree in divinity from Harvard Divinity School and was a long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times.

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

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. Hedges tells us that the radical fascits right takes its cue from R.


We are a nation built on a variety of creeds, races, ages, cultures, etc.

Although it is likely to be read only by those who agree with Hedges, it should be read by all; many of the more thoughtful among the Christian Right would likely have the wool pulled from their eyes.

Hefges also collates his measurable observations with similar historical events including the Nazi party’s rise to power. And there are times when taking a moral stance, perhaps the highest form of patriotism, means facing down the community, even the nation.

The only chapter that serves that purpose is chapter two, cultural despair. Also, the information seemed more anecdotal than scientific. The world is to be subdued and ruled by a Christian United States. In short, the americann is not yet revolutionary. Photograph c Michael Nigro. The next time you’re in Petersburg, Kentucky, I recommend you drop in on the Creation Museum, which has been built in order to illustrate the complete, literal truth of the account of the creation as told in the book of Genesis.

Hedges is worst when he makes the supposed imminence of mass violence the reason the rest of us should be fighting for the open society It doesn’t mean that they represent the views of all Baptists. He is scrupulous in pointing out that narrow, judgmental, and violent views are not characteristic of Christians; nor are they an aspect of evangelical Christianity, per se.