Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empireby Morris Berman
In Dark Ages America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the nation has entered a dangerous phase in its historical development from which there is no return.As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the nation rolls on, the very factors that once propelled America to greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and economic/p>/em>… See more details below
In Dark Ages America, the pundit Morris Berman argues that the nation has entered a dangerous phase in its historical development from which there is no return.As the corporate-consumerist juggernaut that now defines the nation rolls on, the very factors that once propelled America to greatness—extreme individualism, territorial and economic expansion, and the pursuit of material wealth—are, paradoxically, the nails in our collective coffin. Within a few decades, Berman argues, the United States will be marginalized on the world stage, its hegemony replaced by China or the European Union. With the United States just one terrorist attack away from a police state, Berman's book is a controversial and illuminating look at our current society and its ills.
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Morris Berman is a cultural historian and the author of The Twilight of American Culture. He has held a number of university appointments, most recently as Visiting Professor of Sociology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC.
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This book laments prevailing U.S. policy, its declining civilization, current administration and dominant economic order. Author Morris Berman predicted bad times in his last book, `The Twilight of American Culture,¿ and in his eyes, they have come to pass. He is comprehensive, albeit not necessarily objective, in his charges, concerns and criticisms. His recaps of previous administrations, and his explanations of current policies are detailed and interesting. However, the depth of his dismay make his heartfelt arguments veer into intemperate language and leads to uneven presentations of some issues. Berman offers intriguing reasons to oppose much in the political, philosophical and societal evolution of the U.S. He examines the impact of Sept. 11, 2001, including the resulting foreign and domestic policies. He diagnoses a paucity of public debate and decries blows to civil liberties. We recommend this book to those who want to understand a point of view that departs from standard political thinking.
Greece, Rome, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union. All of these nations have come and gone in greatness victims of the cyclical nature of history. But one question that has always been in the back of my mind is: When is it OUR turn?' Morris Berman's recent book 'Dark Ages America: The Final Phase of Empire' successfully presents an interpretation which gives a poignant answer. Covering not only our empirical foreign policy but our social consciousness as well, Berman writes frankly and vividly about a case for the U.S. being an economic and military empire (a fact conveniently overlooked by Americans). The U.S. is not only the most powerful nation on Earth for now but also the most debt-ridden. China, our largest creditor, and the European Union are poised to become the next 'king of the hill' so to speak. This book is a wake-up call to all Americans. Berman points out that it is too late to save this country from its eventual Dark Ages but we can soften the blow by taking another good, hard look at where our nation is going.
Morris Berman¿s Dark Ages America is an exceedingly well-researched study of contemporary America. More than exposing the problems of the present political regime, Berman¿s book exposes the large-scale structural dilemmas beneath the surface of American consciousness, which present an extraordinary amount of momentum toward a disastrous future. Gleaning insights from macro historical perspectives, such as present in Joseph Tainter¿s The Collapse of Complex Societies, Berman demonstrates that America has moved beyond the `Twilight¿ phase of its cultural history and that `post-9-11 America¿ is quickly moving into `Night.¿ Berman explores four characteristics of the European Dark Ages. With exhaustive, always relevant, and often humorous findings, he demonstrates that contemporary America vigorously expresses (if not outright flaunts) these outward symptoms of cultural, moral, political, and economic decay. The signs are: the triumph of religion over reason the breakdown of education and critical thinking legalization of torture and marginalization of the United States on the world stage. Each page of Dark Ages America is compact with information, yet Berman¿s fluid and accessible prose pulls arguments and insights together into a clear-sighted and unified vision. For those readers who still see the light of youth in dead forms, this book will be a shocking revelation. However, for seekers of truth, this book is a sobering, yet ultimately hopeful vision of America¿s present cultural crisis. I highly recommend it!
This is a stark and pitiless look at the ethical foundations of the U.S.A.'s ongoing collapse.