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The Barbaric Heart: Faith, Money, and the Crisis of Nature

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Smart, funny, and fresh, "The Barbaric Heart" argues that the present environmental crisis will not be resolved by the same forms of crony capitalism and managerial technocracy that created the crisis in the first place. With his trademark wit, White argues that the solution might very well come from an unexpected quarter: the arts, religion, and the realm of the moral ima ...more
Paperback, 189 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Polipoint Press (first published 2009)
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Homeless Puffin
Feb 24, 2013 Homeless Puffin rated it did not like it
Shelves: resell
I had mixed feelings after reading these pages and pages of thin generalizations and reappropriated Chomsky. I kept waiting for a point, and in the end it amounted to nothing-- strange, amateurish, but was nothing the point, some kind of Andy Kaufman prank on the vagueness of the Academe and social theory? So I went to Google to see if I could find some clues, and I guess I did, but not the kind of joke I envisioned.

An essay on Preditors (sic) & Editors revealed that White sat on the oversee
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Juha
Jul 05, 2010 Juha rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone.
Recommended to Juha by: Yoko Takahashi
This is a very radical book in which Curtis White offers a deep criticism of our way of life and the way we approach life and the world. He sees history as being dominated by the capitalist ethos and scientific logic, what he calls the Barbaric Heart. He criticizes the environmental movement and the very concept of sustainability for working inside of this destructive system, just placating and trying to moderate the Barbaric Heart, and isolating the environment (or ecosystem, in scientific term ...more
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cuz I needed something else to get me worked up during my commute
Jeff Bursey
Jun 10, 2011 Jeff Bursey rated it really liked it
In this book, more explicitly than in his earlier non-fiction books, Curtis White exhibits what might be called old-fashioned beliefs: in the value of Art as a way to refresh our thinking about the world, and in the value of spiritual beliefs (though he's not preaching about God.} In The Barbaric Heart he describes capitalism as a system that is not, in any way, aesthetically enriching or enlivening to the soul. Not is it a system to bargain or negotiate with, as its heart - the barbaric heart - ...more
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Mar 14, 2011 Jan rated it really liked it
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Shelves: culture
"If we are predominantly a culture of profit, that culture must will its own destruction in the name of a culture of life."(White, 2009: 120-21)
how to solve this riddle?
these are no two discrete things (in practice) and there's elements of a culture of life in the current culture of profit, if culture is taken as the diverse and even shizophenic(contraditions within the individual) beliefs of contemporary societies. Through this vista, I'm sympathetic to (although ultimately in disagreement with
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