The Politics of Heaven: America in Fearful Times
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The Politics of Heaven: America in Fearful Times

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The movement transcends political parties, has no formal structure, no acknowledged leaders, and no sworn loyalty except to God, whose will it interprets according to its fears and desires. Yet it is not an abstraction. It elects our presidents and legislatures and informs their decisions while in office.





The movement started at the end of World War II when nuclear weapons,...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published August 17th 2007 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published August 6th 2007)
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Robert
Thought-provoking book, full of brilliant insights. Shorris attempts to provide an explanation for the replacement of the previous New Deal, progressive consensus by the now dominant conservative political culture - to explain why politics in no longer interested in building a more just society, a better world - why our culture has turned from loving God and our fellow man to fearing both. Unfortunately, Shorris, in searching for reasons for this change is handicapped by being a thoroughgoing ra...more
Curt
The book is certainly worth reading. It lacks a linear structure which leads to some redundancies, but that is an intentional element of the author's view of the modern political movement in America. It is a confluence of forces instead of a linear cascade of dominoes.

What I found really interesting is the line that is drawn from Plato through Leo Strauss to the current administration. To weakly paraphrase, there are different categories of men. The best run government is one that is run by the...more
Stacy
This book bothered me from the beginning even though the jacket info was enough to get me interested in reading it. I felt uncertain the whole first half of the book. The author seemed to be making a specific point but I could never really tell what "side" he was on. I felt over and over again that there was another "side" to the story. After a few days of feeling like I was doing homework everytime I picked it up I decided to quit.

I'd love to hear what others thought.
Bill
This is a tremendous work of political philosophy from somebody who has been around the block a time or two.
The main premise of the book is that the American political system has gone from an emphasis on love of God and man to fear of both entities because of the advent of weapons of mass destruction by multiple nations.
Shorris also writes a lot about the philosophical genesis of neo-conservatism.
This was one of those books I didn't want to put down!
Jim
I found the section on the origins of neo-con thinking very interesting.
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