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

ISBN-10: 1594515131
ISBN-13: 9781594515132
Edition: 2011
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Description: What do empire, the born again, and the politically correct have in common? Is patriotism a good thing? Did General Patraeus betray us, or did MoveOn? Does morality often serve immoral purposes? This book offers a new way to approach these  More...

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Book details

List price: $31.95
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 7/30/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

What do empire, the born again, and the politically correct have in common? Is patriotism a good thing? Did General Patraeus betray us, or did MoveOn? Does morality often serve immoral purposes? This book offers a new way to approach these questions, which lie just beneath our increasingly poisoned political conversation today. Derber and Magrass show that the problem today is not just lying but 'œimmoral morality,' doing evil in the name of good. Both Republican and Democratic presidents, they show, have been immoral moralists. The authors explore three ancient codes of immoral morality frighteningly resurrected in America today '”those of empire, the politically correct, and the born again. The British preached the White Man's Burden to show empire was a moral obligation. Bush today proclaims that the U.S. must occupy Iraq to spread liberty. Although the right today has recrafted historic arguments that empires bring peace, and fundamentalists battle moral decay, the authors show that the Democratic Party and the left have their own IM, with Democrats supporting empire and the left its own political correctness. America's political divide today is a backlash to the progressive revolution of the 1960s and 1970s'”secular, antiwar, and feminist'”that created a radical break from traditional values and set the stage for current morality wars. In the spirit of de Tocqueville, this powerful book offers a rich and vivid portrait of America's political landscape, exploring ideas that can help move the nation to a new morality and politics. Read an op-ed piece by Derber & Magrass for the Christian Science Monitor at: 'http://www.csmonitor.com

Charles Derber, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, has written for Newsday, Newsweek, Business Week, Time, the Christian Science Monitor, and other magazines. He speaks frequently on National Public Radio, talk radio, and television. His most recent book is Capitalism: Should You Buy It? An Invitation to Political Economy (Paradigm 2014).

Yale R. Magrass is Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. He is the author of three other books and more than thirty articles, including encyclopedia entries.

Acknowledgments
Introduction: When Right Is Wrong-Why Immoral Morality Is Epidemic in America
Empire and the Morality of Winning
How to Be Chosen: What the Roman and British Empires Taught America
America's Moral Big Stick: How Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Ronald Reagan, and George W. Bush Taught Us to Police the World
The Mass Psychology of Empire: Why Bostonians Believe in the Red Sox and Americans Believe in America
Born-Again Nations
Hitler's Born-Again Story: Fascism as an Immoral Moral Awakening
Moral Calamity in Dixie: Rebirth of a Southern Nation
God Bless America: The Republican Party and American Theo-Corpocracy
Political Correctness as an American Tragedy
The Invisible Political Correctness: The Right Is Your Big Brother
Left Political Correctness: When Free Thinkers Become Dogmatists
Morality Wars in the Obama Era
When Losers Are Winners: How Americans Are Finding a New Moral Compass
My Brother's Keeper, My Sister's Keeper: Morality Wars in the Age of Obama
Notes
Index
About the Authors

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