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Morality Wars: How Empires, the Born-Again, and the Politically Correct Do Evil in the Name of Good

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Is patriotism a good thing in an empire? Did General Petraeus betray us or did Moveon? Does morality often serve immoral purposes? Morality Wars shows us how to understand the subtext of these questions and of all the debates about moral values and liberal versus conservative ideology. Derber and Magrass show that the moral problem today is not just lying but "immoral ...more
Hardcover, 221 pages
Published February 28th 2008 by Paradigm Publishers (first published February 1st 2008)
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Randall Wallace
Apr 13, 2014 Randall Wallace rated it it was amazing
Using moral values to justify empire, war and exploitation or to make mockery of everything Jesus would do, has become America’s dominant religion. For those of us still in touch with our hearts, Charles Derber calls this “Immoral Morality” and in this book he explains in detail how and why it exists. Noam Chomsky and Howard Zinn love Charles’s works and you will too.

Great Derber facts:
Other empires did the same thing; Britain of course spent it’s time undermining the economies of each culture
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Tommy
Aug 06, 2008 Tommy rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Americans, Leftists, netroots activists
This book was amazing! Charles Derber is one of the best social and political writers of our time. He is insightful, inquisitive, challenging, and always well thought out.

This book makes some pretty interesting comparisions with an overall theme of immoral morality.

The first section describes how empires operate using immoral morality and uses the Roman, British, and American Empires as examples and ties them together very well despite different times and tactics.

The second section describes how
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Charlie Byers
Feb 06, 2013 Charlie Byers rated it it was ok
I didn't really care for this one. The authors' vision of the American left seems like a relic of the Bush era, and the book deals in pretty shallow readings of other people's motives. They do make the point that high-minded moral justifications can conceal very dark hypocrisies, with plenty of examples, but I was left feeling like they'd stretched a few good articles worth of material into a whole book.

Talking about other people's moral inconsistencies is easy. If you want to impress me, get me
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Claire S
Looks interesting.. the word 'morality' is so troublesome, additional related tools are very welcome!

Plus I love things that go to the 'big picture,' that relate patterns, that create synthesis.
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Charles Derber is Professor of Sociology at Boston College and has written 17 books - on politics, economy, capitalism, war, the culture wars, culture and conversation, and social change. He writes for and has been reviewed in the NY Times, the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, Truthout, and other leading media. His books are translated into Chinese, Korean, Tamil, German and Polish- and he is a
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