A Tragic Legacy: How a Good vs. Evil Mentality Destroyed the by Glenn Greenwald

By Glenn Greenwald

What is going to be the legacy of President George Walker Bush? during this interesting, well timed e-book, Glenn Greenwald examines the Bush presidency and its long term impression at the kingdom. What started on shaky, doubtful floor and was once strengthened and propelled by way of tragedy, has eventually faltered and failed at the again of the dichotomous worldview—good as opposed to evil—that as soon as served it so good. In a sad Legacy, Greenwald charts the increase and steep fall of the present management, dissecting the rhetoric and revealing the defective beliefs upon which George W. Bush outfitted his policies.

On September 12, 2001, President Bush addressed the state and awarded a truly transparent view of what was once to come—a view that may be stated to outline his whole presidency: “This can be a enormous fight of fine as opposed to evil.” in keeping with his personal Christian religion and subsidized via biblical allusions, Bush’s worldview was once easy and binary—and each person was once pressured to settle on a facet. using excessive on public help, Bush sailed in the course of the early “War on Terror,” simply defining our enemies and obviously atmosphere an schedule for defeating them.

But as soon as the conflict grew to become murkier—its goal doubtful, its opponents not visible in black-and-white—support for Bush and his guidelines dropped precipitously. Glenn Greenwald brilliantly unearths the explanations at the back of the cave in of Bush’s strength and approval, and argues that his maximum weak point is identical rhetoric that when propelled him to this point ahead. dealing with matters which could no longer be became easy sturdy as opposed to evil choices—the catastrophe of typhoon Katrina, his plans for Social defense “reform,” and, so much ironic, the failed Dubai ports deal—Bush faltered and fell. Now, Greenwald argues, Bush is trapped by way of his personal offerings, not able to wreck out of the mould that when served him so good, and detached to the consequences.

A Tragic Legacy is the 1st real personality research of 1 of the main debatable males ever to carry the workplace of president. Enlightening, robust, and eye-opening, this is often an in-depth examine the fellow whose inability and cowboy common sense have left the US in danger.

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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, a second-generation Transcendentalist, was especially prominent in crafting an absorbent, inclusive religion out of the various religions of the world. ” The creation of that cosmopolitan, sympathetic disposition fueled one innovation after another in American spirituality. It was a sine qua non of a seeker culture. ” The importation of yoga as a serious practice began in the 1890s, and much of its 16 RESTLESS S OULS popularity centered on the disciplines of mental focus and composure in a swirling, rushed, anxiety-ridden culture.

For Coventry, it was not the human emotions of fear and hope that explained the natural origins of religion—an explanation preferred especially by Hume. ” The frustrated passion is “transferred from mere mortals to a spiritual and divine object, and love ... ”13 Coventry helped bring mysticism into being in the Anglo-American world as a term laced with reproach. Misplaced sexuality, unintelligibility, pretension, and reason-be-damned piety were now among its chief associations. The Anglican bishop William Warburton (1698– 1779), a contemporary of Coventry’s, made those connections clear in his contemptuous conclusions about the ardent devotional writer William Law (1675–1752).

The Anglican bishop William Warburton (1698– 1779), a contemporary of Coventry’s, made those connections clear in his contemptuous conclusions about the ardent devotional writer William Law (1675–1752). Law’s exposition of the rigors of piety, especially his Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life (1728), had profoundly influenced such early evangelical luminaries as John Wesley 38 RESTLESS S OULS and George Whitefield, and these dubious alliances already made him a marked man in Warburton’s book.

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