- Tapa dura: 189 páginas
- Editor: Crossroad Publishing Company (15 de septiembre de 2014)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 082452019X
- ISBN-13: 978-0824520199
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The Race to Save Our Century: Five Core Principles to Promote Peace, Freedom, and a Culture of Life (Inglés) Tapa dura – 15 sep 2014
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All the wars and cruelties of the twentieth century could happen again in the twenty-first, unless we wake up and recommit to fundamental moral truths that safeguard human rights and the common good - "whole life" principles for liberty, justice and peace.
What would you think if we told you that: All the horrors that marked the twentieth century were going to happen all over again. . This time the cruelties and casualties will be even greater, thanks to more advanced technologies. . The next mass atrocities will face less resistance, and generate fewer "rescuers," because the West is even less hobbled by religious scruples about killing the innocent than it was in 1939. . The twenty-first century will be remembered not for Twitter, iTunes, expanding democracy, and the final dismantling of prejudice - but for total warfare, biological weapons, and the virtual disappearance of human rights as a concept.
That might be the ugly future, warn the authors of The Race to Save Our Century, unless modern man wakes up and recommits to fundamental moral truths that safeguard human rights and the common good.
In The Race to Save Our Century, human rights activist Jason Jones and political/economic scholar John Zmirak, combine to issue a stark warning to the West, and to call on readers to embrace and promote five core principles of a Culture of Life: . The innate dignity of every human person, regardless of race, age, or handicap. . The existence of a transcendent moral order, by which we judge the justice of all laws and policies. The need for a humane economy that embraces freedom in a context of social responsibility. . The crucial importance of decentralized, responsive government that preserves civil society and freedom. . The need for solidarity, for a sense of fellow feeling and common obligation toward each and every member of the human race.
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Jason Scott Jones is a filmmaker and human rights activist. His film projects include The Stoning of Soraya M., Bella, and Crescendo. He works directly to aid the homeless, peoples facing genocide, and women with crisis pregnancies. He is president of Movie to Movement and the Human Rights Education Organization (H.E.R.O.). He lives in Hawaii. This is his first book.
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If I can fault it, the title is overly dramatic, and because my own knowledge of history is not that great, he might be focusing narrowly on the perspectives that support his conclusions.
Nobody gets off, neither liberal nor conservative. If I had to state a single thrust thrust of the book, it would be that we rationalize what makes us (as people and as nations) comfortable at the time, and in doing so dehumanize our view of our brothers and sisters. The fun reading that keeps you going is the phenomenally wide survey of authors, philosophers, historians and events he pulls together to illustrate his points. Just using this book as a reference to other works would itself be worth many times its cost if that helps you.
Though the author does not make a point of his religious association, it would be Roman Catholic. Thus it is no surprise that both war and the welfare state (The Great Society) are bad, as are the theft of earnings that support these. But don't read it because you want him to agree with you; read it because in some cases he'll show you why you are in the right, and other cases where you best re-evaluate your own position.
(p. 165 hardcover) "Present-day writers -- especially those of the socialist school of thought -- base their various theories upon one common hypothesis: They divide mankind into two parts. People in general -- with the exception of the writer himself -- form the first group. The writer, all alone, forms the second and most important group. Surely this is the weirdest and most conceited notion that ever entered a human brain!"
The book is full of such gems, woven together by the authors' core ideas. I'll not rehash the many excellent points in other reviews here on Amazon.com. Two other thoughts:
1) The book gives a reason to hope, and a rough model to hope for in it's 5 Whole-Life Principles. It does not, however, give a plan. The authors avoid the Distributists' gauzy utopian dreams, which is good. They define criteria to judge a society, and some concrete elements of their "desired" society. We, the readers, need to find ways to move things in the "right" direction.
2) For the reader intrigued by Chapter 11: A Humane Economy, I strongly recommend Fr. Maciej Zieba's 'Papal Economics.' It broadens and deepens Zmirak's and Jones's ideas in very consistent ways.