The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

The Spirit of Disobedience: Resisting the Charms of Fake Politics, Mindless Consumption, and the Culture of Total Work

Curtis White


A masterwork on morality for the twenty-first century, either playful and profound

Trained relentlessly to paintings and eat, we make day-by-day way of life judgements that advertise company earnings greater than our personal overall healthiness. We additionally locate ourselves operating extra, dwelling in fragmented groups, and neglecting our most simple religious and political values. As Curtis White places it, “In order to dwell, you can be requested to do what's no sturdy, what's absurd, trivial, demeaning, and soul killing.” even supposing we belong to the world’s such a lot prosperous society, by some means we by no means have the opportunity to invite: How we could live?

With his trademark humor and acerbic wit, White increases this impertinent query. He additionally debunks the traditional view that liberalism can resolution it with no drawing on non secular values. Surveying American pop culture (including Office Space and The Da Vinci Code) to demonstrate his issues, White urges us to resume our dedication to “human fundamentals” as articulated via Henry David Thoreau—especially loose time, domestic, and food—and to reclaim Thoreau’s spirit of disobedience.

Seeking innovative solutions to his primary questions, White additionally interviews John De Graaf (Affluenza), James Howard Kunstler (The lengthy Emergency) and Michael Ableman (Fields of Plenty) approximately their perspectives of the nice existence in our time.

“Curtis White has given us a courageous and helpful corrective to a few easy tenets of left/liberal ideology. This fantastic new booklet reminds us that the spirit of disobedience, rightly understood, is the very spirit of America.”
—Mark Crispin Miller, writer of Fooled Again

“A well suited ebook, unique by way of the readability of its notion, the strength of its argument, the eloquence of its expression. White brings a superb gentle into the darkness that has descended upon the desire of a good American destiny, and his publication will be required analyzing for any citizen trying to find a fashion out of the mess that we have got made up of either the Christian ethic and the democratic spirit.”
—Lewis Lapham, writer of Pretensions to Empire

“Those who name on the United States to act like a Christian country may be cautious of what they need for. As Curtis White indicates us, along with his traditional penetrating research, this is often infrequently a target suitable with conservative political perform, from international adventurism down to Ten Commandments monuments at the courthouse lawn.”
—Thomas Frank, writer of What's the problem With Kansas?

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