The Culture of Make Believe

The Culture of Make Believe

by Derrick Jensen
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Chelsea Green Publishing
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The Culture of Make Believe

Derrick Jensen takes no prisoners in The Culture of Make Believe, his brilliant and eagerly awaited follow-up to his powerful and lyrical A Language Older Than Words. What begins as an exploration of the lines of thought and experience that run between the massive lynchings in early twentieth-century America to today's death squads in South America soon explodes into an examination of the very heart of our civilization. The Culture of Make Believe is a book that is as impeccably researched as it is moving, with conclusions as far-reaching as they are shocking.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781931498579
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2004
Series: A Politics of the Living Book Series
Pages: 720
Sales rank: 647,506
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.75(d)

Table of Contents


1. Uncovering

2. Utility

3. Invisibility

4. Contempt

5. Power

6. Property

7. Philanthropy

8. Giving back the land

9. Beginning to see

10. Redemption and failure

11. Flesh

12. Seeing things

13. The other side of darkness

14. Criminals

15. Killers

16. The cost of power

17. Tranquility and felicity

18. Assimilation

19. the impossibility of forgetting

20. Production

21. False contracts

22. Competition

23. Distance

24. Corporations, cops, and hungry ghosts

25. War

26. Resistance

27. Expanding the frontier

28. The view from inside

29. The closing of the iron cage

30. Holocausts

32. Coming home

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hannahisastud More than 1 year ago
At first, I did not like the Culture of Make Believe. I thought it was a big whine. However, as I kept reading, I realized how insightful and informative this book is. A I learned about some of the atrocities committed in the name of progress, I became more and more indignant. In fact, I am all for returning to a nomadic culture like the indiginous tribes of most of the world, hunting and gathering and living in tents. I think this book is a must read for all educated people sho believe that they are tryiing to help the world, because they will either see that they are going in the wrong direction, or they will find resources and references to groups and people that can help them become even more active in the fight for our humanity and our world. I thank Jensen for writing this book, because it is, I think, a compilation of all the the information necessary for people to become more aware of the world they are living in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The culture of make believe is an oustanding work by Jensen. All of his ancedotes are moving and convey a sense of guilt within a person. That is Jensen's greatest weapon. His appeal to tell the harsh truth about the world in which we live in today. Thanks to my ENC 1101 professor he opened up this world to me by ssigning us to read this book. It has motivated me to do things that my change the injustice that many face today. I strongly recommend this book to those, after reading it will be willing to do something to make the those changes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book stretched my mind more than I thought possible. It outlined the most important things in our culture, hurting others. Jensen opened my eyes to the situations that are often hid. Chapter after chapter he incorporates new issues concerning hate. He begins with focusing on simple examples rape, murder, ethics, then he quickly moves in to a more abstract idea of what hate is. One example is Jensen¿s explanation of unethical cooperation¿s, here in the United States. It made me sick. Hearing of stories of employees being underpaid, overworked, sick from working conditions, and sometimes dead made me realize that I contribute to the death of others too. Discrimination is also presented in a truly fresh way in this book. Jensen describes situations where discrimination is not evident (like the percentage of blacks in the US jail system). The incorporation of the Holocaust served as a comparison to the hatred in our world today. And this comparison shows that nothing has changed. Taking the time to read this book showed me what our basic decisions are doing to our world. Jensen is an amazing author who is capable of showing the truth in an effective and life changing way. The 600 pages are well worth every minute.
R.A.LongStudent More than 1 year ago
Jensen's goal was admirable - to draw attention to negative aspects of our culture and inspire people to act to improve it. He uses many examples of hatred and violence, and (at the beginning, at least) is an engaging writer. By the time you finish the first hundred pages, however, you'll start detecting a pattern. By the second hundred pages you'll be wondering whether he has anything new to say. By the third hundred pages you'll have become numb to the consistently graphic and (originially) disturbing images. By the fourth hundred you'll lose track every few pages or so of what point Jensen is trying to make, and you'll barely have cleared the halfway-mark. Jensen's views, and his call-to-arms of his readers, are radical. He does not simply want to end violence, encourage equality, and protect the environment; he wants to completely get rid of capitalism and the free market (and supports those who use violence to damage large businesses). He seems to believe in a widespread and subconcious conspiracy among the wealthy, white, and powerful, and thinks the only final solution is to dismantle civilization as a whole and revert to the ways of the original natives. And if his book isn't depressing enough, he often repeats that it doesn't matter what he or any of his readers do or say, because we're all doomed to mental slavery, assimilation, and a dead planet. Overall, The Culture of Make Believe has good intentions, a very roundabout, repetetive, and often hard to follow way of expressing them, and a moral that explains why his book doesn't matter anyway.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago