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5.0 out of 5 stars The Threat of Fascism in America, June 12, 2010
This review is from: Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle (Hardcover)
Empire of Illusion is kind of an other view and amplification of Chris Hedges' American Fascists. By focusing on a laundry list of American social characteristics we find our country taken over by illusion and instant gratification. One that is becoming functional illiterate and tolerate of fraud and abuse because of its ignorance; one that is easily conned by the blizzard of contemporary noise and chatter of the spectacular. A country grown blind to the demeaning aspects of the immensely profitable porn business, and the idiocy of choreographed violent professional wrestling. He specks of our modern American economy as "casino capitalism" in which the house of the very wealthy always win at the expense of the rest who are so easily conned into thinking "that's the American way." This a serious book, it's an eyeopener for those willing to lose their own predigests and see. Facing Fascism: The Threat to American Democracy in the 21st Century
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