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The United States is suffering its greatest upheaval since the Civil Warpolitically, economically, socially, religiously. With elegant, sweeping vision, Gus diZerega explores the complex causes leading us to this point, comparing them to giant fault lines that, when they erupt, create enormous disturbance and in time new landscapes. He traces the disruption, first, to America's first countercultural movement originating in the antebellum South and coming into later conflict with the "counterculture" of the 60s that continues now in phenomena like Burning Man; and second, to the crumbling of the moral foundation birthed by the Enlightenment, leading to todays nihilism. But within the loss resides hope: diZerega sees promise of a new society based more in equality, sacred feminine values, and spiritual immanence. Whether the prevailing oligarchy will abort this transformation is the question of our time. This book enables those of us now living through it to understand the powerful forces shaping our lives and calling on us for a response.
diZerega blends his academic background in political science with hislater experiences with Wiccan, pagan, and other non-Judeo-Christian spiritual traditions to argue that since the sixties major culturalrifts have been widening that have their roots in key events of Western intellectual/political history. A brief history ofsecularization is given first, followed by discussions of the contrasts between logos and mythos and masculine and feminine incultural history. Having laid these foundations, he traces the consequences of these preexisting ideas for intellectual, social, andpolitical development of the modern age, suggesting that spiritual nihilism is the result. He then focuses in on "the sixties" orroughly 1965-1975 and the resurgence of old ideas of sacred feminine and ambiguous truth, followed by analysis of the reaction from theright wing and increasing cultural polarization since then. Feminism and environmentalism are explored through this lens, and the last twochapters solidify the author's thoughts on immanence and the potential union between old and new sets of value. An afterwordselects the 2012 election as an exemplar of dynamics discussed in the main text.Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
About the Author
holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Berkeley (1984) and has been deeply involved at many levels of spiritual practice for over 25 years. He has published extensively in the academic press on environmental and political theory and policy and has taught at universities in the U.S. and abroad. He has also published two books and many articles on spirituality, the environment and politics. Gus has taught workshops on healing, connecting with nature and Wicca internationally as well. He writes regularly for Patheos.com as well as for Witches and Pagans