- Tapa dura: 118 páginas
- Editor: Ballantine; Edición: 1 (1 de enero de 2000)
- Colección: Library of Contemporary Thought
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 0345430697
- ISBN-13: 978-0345430694
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Workin' on the Chain Gang: Shaking Off the Dead Hand of History (Library of Contemporary Thought) (Inglés) Tapa dura – 1 ene 2000
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The critically acclaimed author applies the lessons of African-American history to contemporary America, arguing that most Americans are living in a kind of servitude to corporate America, allowing themselves to be enslaved to a wide array of addictions, including television, sports, sex, and celebrity obsession.
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ry was outlawed in this country more than a century ago, but Americans still wear chains. Each one of us, black and white alike, is shackled by a system that values money over humanity, power over truth, conformity over creativity. Race has undeniably made the problem worse, but race is not the root of the problem. Indeed, as black novelist and activist Walter Mosley brilliantly argues in this impassioned call to arms, though the chains might be more recognizable in the lives of blacks, the same chains restrain us all. Only when we understand this truth can we beginblack and white togetherto cast off the shackles.
Far from being a cause for celebration, the millennium, Mosley argues fiercely, should be the occasion for a frank reckoning with the real state of our society. We have the power to end starvation, but one-third of our children live in poverty. Our politics have degenerated into a multimillion-dollar game show ruled by two indistinguishable monopolies. We drug ours
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Mosley takes a look at the chains that bind citizens of the United States.
Money, and producing more of it, is what is driving the country these days.
Even what we see on television is more about what sells rather than what is
true. The entire nation is pushing against the injustice brought about by
the few who own and control everything. While Blacks have long fought
against this type of injustice, now it is everyone's battle. Making money
has become global and therefore the need to pay attention to the
needs of the workers and unions are long dead. He ends on a note of hope,
using his platform for the presidency to show what must happen for America
to survive these chains.
WORKIN' ON THE CHAIN GANG is a very enlightening book and says what so many
of us are thinking. It certainly takes courage to make this public in
today's age of fear, retribution and loss of Constitutional protections.
Mosley has penned a book that every thinking citizen in the United States,
indeed the world, should read. It explains so much that we wonder about but
Reviewed by Alice Holman
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