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 health. We additionally locate ourselves operating extra, dwelling in fragmented groups, and neglecting our most simple religious and political values. As Curtis White places it, “In order to dwell, you may be requested to do what's no reliable, what's absurd, trivial, demeaning, and soul killing.” even if we belong to the world’s such a lot prosperous society, by some means we by no means have the opportunity to invite: How we could 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 out drawing on religious 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 via Henry David Thoreau—especially unfastened time, domestic, and food—and to reclaim Thoreau’s spirit of disobedience.
Seeking innovative solutions to his valuable 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 lifestyles in our time.
“Curtis White has given us a courageous and priceless corrective to a few easy tenets of left/liberal ideology. This superb new e-book reminds us that the spirit of disobedience, rightly understood, is the very spirit of America.”
—Mark Crispin Miller, writer of Fooled Again
“A perfect publication, exclusive through the readability of its concept, the strength of its argument, the eloquence of its expression. White brings an exceptional gentle into the darkness that has descended upon the desire of a good American destiny, and his ebook can be required interpreting for any citizen trying to find a fashion out of the mess that we've got made up of either the Christian ethic and the democratic spirit.”
—Lewis Lapham, writer of Pretensions to Empire
“Those who name on the US to act like a Christian state could be cautious of what they want for. As Curtis White exhibits us, together with his ordinary penetrating research, this can be not often a target 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?