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 gains greater than our personal healthiness. 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 may be requested to do what's no stable, what's absurd, trivial, demeaning, and soul killing.” even supposing we belong to the world’s such a lot prosperous society, in some way 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 no 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 by means of Henry David Thoreau—especially unfastened time, domestic, and food—and to reclaim Thoreau’s spirit of disobedience.
Seeking creative solutions to his principal 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 important corrective to a few uncomplicated tenets of left/liberal ideology. This advantageous 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 correct booklet, extraordinary by way of the readability of its concept, the strength of its argument, the eloquence of its expression. White brings an excellent gentle into the darkness that has descended upon the wish of a good American destiny, and his ebook can be required examining for any citizen trying to find a fashion out of the mess that we have got made up of 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 country might be cautious of what they need for. As Curtis White indicates us, together with his traditional penetrating research, this is often infrequently a aim appropriate with conservative political perform, from international adventurism down to Ten Commandments monuments at the courthouse lawn.”
—Thomas Frank, writer of What's the problem With Kansas?