|William Burns |
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Yeah, we're boned.
This man is tremendous. I simultaneously love this and find it super depressing all at once.
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He seems to have a pretty good handle on the triangle between dominionist groups, midwestern corporations, and the right wing, and the strange bedfellows they've become to each other. The title seems a little over-the-top, but that's typical. The fact that he's not anti-religious speaks to his objectivity. I wish I had time to read this now... maybe someday soon though.
I've been going through this religious funk lately, and this man makes all of the thoughts I've had recently.
The one small, niggling little detail he misses is that the Baptist sect empowers a great deal of this through it's policy of "Don't agree, start your own congregation." This basically leads to millions of teeny tiny little cells that all are in one hundred percent agreement with each other within but are usually quite angry with each other outside of that cell. Baptists, and their Evangelical brethren (Pentecostals, Church of God, etc.) all are basically at odds with each other about the details, which further empowers the overarching despots by creating unnecessary competition.
Just a thought, poop.
The Cult of Masculinity he refers to reminds me of something I've been thinking, which is, the right wing American religious goal seems to be to recompile Christianity without any of the compassion.
The good news is, a glaring lack of compassion for immigrants and minorities is working against them, demographics wise.
They also add things. As a silly example (in the notes from the Matthew 25:33 in the Conservative Bible):
Perhaps this should be translated as "He will set the sheep to his conservative side, and the goats to his liberal side." The Greek word "δεξιός" (translated here as "right") can be translated metaphorically as "cautious authority"; "εὐώνυμος" (translated here as "left") can be translated metaphorically as "unlucky", "sinister" or ... "liberal"?
(hardly needs mentioning, but the gospels predate conservatism by a good millennium and a half)
For that matter, moaning about family values pre-dates Christianity; Emperor Augustus used to complain that family values were slipping, before Jesus allegedly started his ministry. (This was alluded to in "Rome", where Octavian / Augustus promised that he would one day enact harsher penalties against adulterers and the like.)
Meh. Am I the only one? He seems to be using "fascist" in the same sense that people use "socialist" to describe Obama—as in "fascists suck, you suck, so you're a fascist." Pat Robertson is a dick. He's always been a dick. I've heard him say some pretty dickish things. I've never actually heard him advocate the overturning of American democracy in favor of a totalitarian one-party system.
Maybe you should have watched the video. Hedges is quite clear about what he means when he uses the word.
|Caminante Nocturno |
Chris Hedges is an empty-worded sadness fetishist.
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