By Curtis White
A masterwork on morality for the twenty-first century, either playful and profound
Trained relentlessly to paintings and eat, we make day-by-day way of life judgements that advertise company earnings greater than our personal wellbeing and fitness. We additionally locate ourselves operating extra, dwelling in fragmented groups, and neglecting our most elementary religious and political values. As Curtis White places it, “In order to reside, you can be requested to do what's no reliable, what's absurd, trivial, demeaning, and soul killing.” even though we belong to the world’s so much prosperous society, in some way we by no means have the opportunity to invite: How lets live?
With his trademark humor and acerbic wit, White increases this impertinent query. He additionally debunks the traditional view that liberalism can resolution it with no drawing on non secular values. Surveying American pop culture (including Office Space
and The Da Vinci Code
) to demonstrate his issues, White urges us to resume our dedication to “human fundamentals” as articulated by way of Henry David Thoreau—especially loose time, domestic, and food—and to reclaim Thoreau’s spirit of disobedience.
Seeking creative solutions to his critical questions, White additionally interviews John De Graaf (Affluenza
), James Howard Kunstler (The lengthy Emergency
) and Michael Ableman (Fields of Plenty
) approximately their perspectives of the great existence in our time.
“Curtis White has given us a courageous and precious corrective to a few simple tenets of left/liberal ideology. This nice new ebook reminds us that the spirit of disobedience, rightly understood, is the very spirit of America.”
—Mark Crispin Miller, writer of Fooled Again
“A just right ebook, distinct by way of the readability of its concept, the strength of its argument, the eloquence of its expression. White brings a superb mild into the darkness that has descended upon the desire of a good American destiny, and his e-book might be required studying for any citizen trying to find a manner out of the mess that we have got made from either the Christian ethic and the democratic spirit.”
—Lewis Lapham, writer of Pretensions to Empire
“Those who name on the USA to act like a Christian state will be cautious of what they need for. As Curtis White indicates us, along with his ordinary penetrating research, this can be not often a aim suitable with conservative political perform, from international adventurism right down to Ten Commandments monuments at the courthouse lawn.”
—Thomas Frank, writer of What's the problem With Kansas?