The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

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 future health. We additionally locate ourselves operating extra, residing in fragmented groups, and neglecting our most elementary non secular and political values. As Curtis White places it, “In order to reside, you'll be requested to do what's no solid, what's absurd, trivial, demeaning, and soul killing.” even if we belong to the world’s so much prosperous society, by some means 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 normal 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 through Henry David Thoreau—especially loose time, domestic, and food—and to reclaim Thoreau’s spirit of disobedience.

Seeking imaginitive solutions to his vital 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 worthwhile corrective to a couple easy tenets of left/liberal ideology. This high-quality 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 ultimate publication, exotic by means of the readability of its suggestion, the strength of its argument, the eloquence of its expression. White brings an outstanding mild into the darkness that has descended upon the wish of an honest American destiny, and his publication may be required analyzing for any citizen searching for a manner 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 kingdom may be cautious of what they need for. As Curtis White exhibits us, together with his traditional penetrating research, this is often not often a aim suitable 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?

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