Is America a Christian Nation? According to author T. Carlos Andersen, the true religion of the land is the confluence of commerce, materialism, and consumerism. Andersen, defining religion as "ultimate concern," claims our true devotion is found in material pursuits. It's been a good religion; it has fed, clothed, sheltered, and employed millions of Americans. It can go too far, however. When these pursuits become excessive, the religion breaks bad and the common good suffers.
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About the Author
T. Carlos (Tim) Anderson works as a bilingual protestant minister in Austin, Texas. He has previously lived and worked in Chicago, Houston, and Lima, Peru.
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Just A Little Bit More: The Culture of Excess and the Fate of the Common Good based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Some of you might have to look up the word "egalitarianism" ( I know I did) and few other words used by Mr. Anderson in this scholarly read. This book, which could readily be a college-level economics textbook and probably should be, is a well-researched and thoroughly documented treatise on the problems with our capitalistic system and the need for substantive change. Having been in sales and marketing most of my career and founder of my own small manufacturing business, I must admit to approaching Mr. Anderson's arguments and conclusions with a bit of trepidation and skepticism. However, in the end, Mr. Anderson found a new convert. Using a historical perspective and at least a hundred quotations and insights from his reference material, Mr. Anderson has crafted a methodical and systematic work which redefines what it means to pursue the common good. America should pay attention.
“How much is enough?” Drawing his title from the infamous quote of billionaire John D. Rockefeller, T. Carlos Anderson has delivered a thorough-going essay and critique of the slow demise of egalitarianism and altruism amidst the modern clamor for gain at any cost. Just A Little Bit More charts the dislocation of the “common good” from the center of American political aspirations and economic enterprise, and its replacement by cultic individualism and a more-is-better mindset in what is widely viewed as a zero-sum game. This is not a light read, nor should it be; Anderson’s research captures depth and breadth. He tracks the emerging culture of excess from its roots in expansionism, industrial revolution and the rise of the robber barons, to its contemporary expressions and toxic effect. From Mark Twain’s scathing commentary on the notorious Boss Tweed – “Who is God? Money is God. Gold greenbacks and stock … father, son and holy ghost” – to the modern Geckoism: “Greed is good.” Though an ordained Protestant minister, Anderson wisely has navigated along a secular/pragmatic line, largely resisting the obvious temptations to inveigh from Biblical principle. Instead, he has starkly exposed the “true religion” of the modern age: “commerce, materialism and consumerism.” Anderson is neither zealot nor ideologue. He recognizes the vital nature of market economics to create livelihood and to foster opportunity, even well-being. But he convincingly defends the essential countervailing priority of communal good to balance self-interest when taken to the extreme of unbridled greed at the expense of others and the natural world. Just A Little Bit More answers the radical polarization of wealth and want – in America and around the world – with a prescription for true economic democracy: open markets tempered by judicious regulation; genuine equality of opportunity coupled with a personal ethic of enough-ness and a commitment to well-being for all. - Brad Highum, Associate Pastor, Abiding Love Lutheran Church, Austin TX