ROD DREHER: NY Times Best-selling Author Discusses His New Book, Live Not By Lies. A Manual For Christian Dissidents; Rise Of Anti-Christian Militancy; Catholic Church; Trouble In America & Europe.

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As a new left-wing cultural revolution takes to the streets and seizes control of American institutions Rod Dreher renews the great Russian dissident Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn s stirring call to live not by lies that is to refuse to compromise with ideological tyranny In a new book Live Not by Lies A Manual for Christian Dissidents Penguin Sentinel September 29 2020 Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who have fought and escaped the clutches of totalitarianism For years migr s from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of soft totalitarianism cropping up in America nbsp In Live Not by Lies Dreher shares the compelling stories of modern-day dissidents--clergy laity martyrs and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europe who offer practical advice on how to identify and resist the trappings of secular social justice In Live Not by Lies Dreher shows how identity politics are beginning to encroach on every aspect of life Civil liberties are increasingly seen as a threat to safety Progressives marginalize conservative traditional Christians and other dissenters Dreher points out how today s elites and elite institutions are abandoning old-fashioned liberalism based in defending the rights of the individual and replacing it with a progressive creed that regards justice in terms of groups In Live Not by Lies Dreher explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation nbsp The reach of contemporary thoughtcrime expands constantly homophobia Islamophobia transphobia bi-phobia fat-phobia racism ableism and on and on making it difficult to know when one is treading on safe ground or about to step on a landmine Dreher has done extensive research to provide historical context to today s Left-wing totalitarianism He reveals the far-reaching menace of progressivism s modus operandi including Social justice cultists like the first Bolsheviks are intellectuals whose gospel is spread by intellectual agitation It is a gospel that depends on awakening and inspiring hatred in the hearts of those it wishes to induce into revolutionary consciousness Smashing all the old forms for the sake of liberating humanity Social justice cultists believe that after humanity is freed from the chains that bind us whiteness patriarchy marriage the gender binary and so on we will experience a radically new and improved form of life The personal is political The essence of totalitarianism is that nothing must exist outside the ideology Social justice cultists demand that wokeness extend to every aspect of life and that any institution including the nuclear family that resists must be destroyed or transformed A false religion Christianity is declining but the hunger in human hearts for meaning identity and purpose remain The social justice movement works as a secular substitute for religion and cannot be resisted effectively if they are only understood as political phenomenon Truth is whatever the rulers decide it is Hannah Arendt the foremost scholar of totalitarianism explains that a totalitarian state is one that aspires to nothing less than defining and controlling reality Today s media elites define what is and isn t acceptable Consequences for violating new taboos are extreme including losing your livelihood and having your reputation ruined forever Secular social justice has been shorn of its Christian dimension ROD DREHER is a senior editor at The American Conservative He has written and edited for the New York Post The Dallas Morning News and National Review and his commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal and the Weekly Standard He is the bestselling author of The Benedict Option The Little Way of Ruthie Leming and Crunchy Cons SOURCE Marshall Nappi amp Schulz Publicity --- Support this podcast https anchor fm john-aidan-byrne0 supportClick here to visit this podcast episode