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The Culture Of Make Believe, The

Paperback Book
Chelsea Green
March, 2004
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The much-awaited follow-up to A Language Other than Words, this eye-opening exploration of civilization’s dark heart tears our illusions from us with shocking yet graceful prose. In The Culture of Make Believe, Derrick Jensen sets the bar as high as possible, examining the atrocities that characterize so much of our culture—from lynchings in early 20th-century America, modern slavery and corporate misdeeds to manufacturing disasters, death squads in developing nations and the destruction of the natural world.

Interweaving political, historical, philosophical and deeply personal perspectives, Jensen argues that only by understanding past horrors can we hope to prevent future ones. Impeccably researched, this book arrives at some astonishing and thought-provoking conclusions.

If we wish to stop the atrocities, we will need to understand and change the social and economic conditions that cause them.

This book is a weapon. It is a gun to be put into the hands of all of us who wish to oppose these atrocities, and a manual on how to use it. It is a knife to cut the ropes that bind us to our ways of perceiving and being in the world. It is a match to light a fuse.

The Culture of Make Believe so explicitly reveals the intimacy between the murder of the world and “decency and good order” that I’m surprised any author would dare write it and any publisher would dare bring it to print. His analysis of our culture’s predilection for hatred and destruction will rattle your bones.” —Daniel Quinn, author of Ishmael

“It stirs us with the excitement of being in a truer world, being our truer selves. Derrick Jensen is a public intellectual who both breaks and mends the reader’s heart.” —Frances Moore Lappé, author of Hope’s Edge

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