This book introduces two ideas that are essential to the spirit of disobedience. The first delusion is that liberal/left politics is somehow independent of a need for the spiritual. The second point is that liberalism has always assumed to be a secular force.
“Curtis White has given us a brave and necessary corrective to some basic tenets of left/liberal ideology. This fine new book reminds us that the spirit of disobedience, rightly understood, is the very spirit of America.”
—Mark Crispin Miller, author of Fooled Again
“A splendid book, distinguished by the clarity of its thought, the force of its argument, the eloquence of its expression. White brings a great light into the darkness that has descended upon the hope of a decent American future, and his book should be required reading for any citizen looking for a way out of the mess that we have made of both the Christian ethic and the democratic spirit.”
—Lewis Lapham, author of Pretensions to Empire
“Those who call on America to behave like a Christian nation should be careful of what they wish for. As Curtis White shows us, with his usual penetrating analysis, this is hardly a goal compatible with conservative political practice, from foreign adventurism all the way down to Ten Commandments monuments on the courthouse lawn.”
—Thomas Frank, author of What’s the Matter With Kansas?
1. Introduction 2. Imagination Dead Imagine 3. Beyond the Golden Rule 4. Confessions of a Holy Whore 5. The Spirit of Disobedience 6. A New Fundamentalism: Time, Home, and Food