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The Last Refuge : Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror - David W. Orr

The Last Refuge

Patriotism, Politics, and the Environment in an Age of Terror

Hardcover Published: 15th March 2004
ISBN: 9781559635288
Number Of Pages: 192

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"Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels" -SAMUEL JOHNSON, 1775
"a tightly reasoned, excellently written book that should be lethally effective in helping readers who aren't experts understand the contours of the crisis." -TOLEDO BLADE
Updated and revised following the 2004 elections, The Last Refuge describes the current state of American politics against the backdrop of mounting ecological and social problems, the corrosive influence of money, the corruption of language, and the misuse of terrorism as a political issue.
Setting out an agenda that transcends conventional ideological labels, David Orr contends that partisan wrangling is only a symptom of a deeper dysfunction: The whole political machinery that connects Americans' fundamentally honorable ideals with public policy is broken. The book offers a withering critique of the failings of the Bush administration, supplemented by new essays that look at the national-level dominance of the Republican Party and examine the fallacy that the evangelical right represents a Christian majority.
After analyzing the challenges of reforming the current system, Orr offers an empowering vision of a second American Revolution that peaceably achieves sustainability and charts a hopeful course for forward-looking citizens.

"Patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels" - SAMUEL JOHNSON, 1775 "a tightly reasoned, excellently written book that should be lethally effective in helping readers who aren't experts understand the contours of the crisis." - TOLEDO BLADE"

Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Introductionp. 1
Politics
The Education of Powerp. 9
Walking North on a Southbound Trainp. 21
Rewriting the Ten Commandmentsp. 31
The Events of 9/11: A View from the Marginp. 40
The Labors of Sisyphusp. 47
Challenges
Four Challenges of Sustainabilityp. 55
Leveragep. 66
A Literature of Redemptionp. 74
Diversityp. 80
Reconstruction
The Uses of Prophecyp. 89
The Constitution of Naturep. 111
Imagine a World: The Education of Our Leadersp. 127
Postscript: The Hour before Dawnp. 132
Common Ground/Common Futurep. 139
Notesp. 151
Selected Bibliographyp. 159
Indexp. 165
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ISBN: 9781559635288
ISBN-10: 1559635282
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 15th March 2004
Publisher: Island Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.0 x 14.0  x 1.73
Weight (kg): 0.33