The Culture of Make Believe

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Mar 1, 2004 - Philosophy - 720 pages

Derrick Jensen takes no prisoners in The Culture of Make Believe, his brilliant and eagerly awaited follow-up to his powerful and lyrical A Language Older Than Words. What begins as an exploration of the lines of thought and experience that run between the massive lynchings in early twentieth-century America to today's death squads in South America soon explodes into an examination of the very heart of our civilization. The Culture of Make Believe is a book that is as impeccably researched as it is moving, with conclusions as far-reaching as they are shocking.

 

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I recently heard someone remark that we are no longer able to think outside of a capitalist system. It seems that our entire world has been established and maintained upon principles of competition ... Read full review

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Derrick's explanation of the Noah/Ham story and how it ties into our culture totally blew the doors off of all those times I had heard that story. Reading this book was like a journey in which as you ... Read full review

Contents

Uncovering
4
Utility
16
Invisibility
34
Contempt
66
Power
74
Property
86
Philanthropy
98
Giving Back the Land
110
The Impossibility of Forgetting
338
Production
350
False Contracts
376
Competition
388
Distance
408
Corporations Cops and Hungry Ghosts
426
446
446
Resistance
464

Beginning to
136
Redemption and Failure
156
Flesh
188
Seeing Things
206
The Other Side of Darkness
232
Criminals
252
Killers
276
The Cost of Power
298
Tranquillity and Felicity
308
Assimilation
316
Expanding the Frontier
484
The View From Inside
512
The Closing of the Iron Cage
532
Holocausts
554
Coming Home
600
Acknowledgments
607
Notes
610
Bibliography
671
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Derrick Jensen is the prize-winning author of A Language Older than Words, The Culture of Make Believe, Listening to the Land, Strangely Like War, Welcome to the Machine, and Walking on Water. He was one of two finalists for the 2003 J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize, which cited The Culture of Make Believe as "a passionate and provocative meditation on the nexus of racism, genocide, environmental destruction and corporate malfeasance, where civilization meets its discontents." He writes for The New York Times Magazine, Audubon, and The Sun Magazine among many others.  He is an environmental activist and lives on the coast of northern California.

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