Joe Bageant
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War
May 11, 2020 Comments.. 435
Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War Joe Bageant After thirty years spent scratching together a middle class life out of a dirt poor childhood, Joe Bageant moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, where he realized that his family and neighbors were the very people who carried George W Bush to victory That was ironic, because Winchester, like countless American small towns, is fast becoming the bedrock of aAfter thirty years spent scratching together a middle class life out of a dirt poor childhood, Joe Bageant moved back to his hometown of Winchester, Virginia, where he realized that his family and neighbors were the very people who carried George W Bush to victory That was ironic, because Winchester, like countless American small towns, is fast becoming the bedrock of a permanent underclass Two in five of the people in his old neighborhood do not have high school diplomas Nearly everyone over fifty has serious health problems, and many have no health care Credit ratings are low or nonexistent, and alcohol, overeating, and Jesus are the preferred avenues of escape.A raucous mix of storytelling and political commentary, Deer Hunting with Jesus is Bageant s report on what he learned by coming home He writes of his childhood friends who work at factory jobs that are constantly on the verge of being outsourced the mortgage and credit card rackets that saddle the working poor with debt, i.e white trashonomics the ubiquitous gun culture and why the left doesn t get it Scots Irish culture and how it played out in the young life of Lynddie England and the blinkered magical thinking of the Christian right Bageant s brother is a Baptist pastor who casts out demons What it adds up to, he asserts, is an unacknowledged class war By turns brutal, tender, incendiary, and seriously funny, this book is a call to arms for fellow progressives with little real understanding of the great beery, NASCAR loving, church going, gun owning America that has never set foot in a Starbucks.Deer Hunting with Jesus is a potent antidote to what Bageant dubs the American hologram the televised, corporatized virtual reality that distracts us from the insidious realities of American life.. Deer Hunting with Jesus Dispatches from America s Class War After thirty years spent scratching together a middle class life out of a dirt poor childhood Joe Bageant moved back to his hometown of Winchester Virginia where he realized that his family and nei
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    1. Trevor says:

      I really wasn t expecting this to be quite so leftwing as it turned out to be and then once I d gotten my head around that, he started talking about guns and I felt my world turn nauseatingly about itself yet again I have always been than happy to believe that American politics is harder to understand for those of us not born in the land of the free and the home of the brave than we are likely to believe it is This book did much to help me understand the world of the American redneck From guns [...]

    2. Christy says:

      Joe Bageant s Deer Hunting with Jesus belongs to the tradition of books that has given us Barbara Ehrenreich s Nickel and Dimed, Upton Sinclair s The Jungle, and Jim Goad s The Redneck Manifesto These books all aim to clarify the position of an all too often overlooked cultural group and, in doing so, they ultimately aim to help this group This book is by turns funny and heartbreaking in its description of people who make little money, vote Republican en masse whether this is in their economic i [...]

    3. Malcolm Logan says:

      Oh boy, are the ditto heads and Bill O Reilly fans gonna hate this one rubbing hands together with glee Imagine, a former small town redneck rejects the assertion that higher education is a form of snobbery, goes to California, gets a degree and embraces the humanities gasp and then returns to his origins with compassion and outrage over how his people are being dumbed down and economically raped by the very forces that claim to be their standard bearers, the good ol GOP, everybody s champion of [...]

    4. Szplug says:

      This Slim Jim is blisteringly funny, humorously vitriolic, blue jean bluesy, and eye opening to say the least I thought some of the hillbillies I knew who got drunk and fought at the tavern with their sallow cousins from the tented corners of Lanark County had some issues, but they were as nothing compared to this gun loving, Jesus loving, hard working, hard drinking, scale bending, low paid and low expectation breed of checkered boys n gurls as revealed through the talented pen of Bageant, a go [...]

    5. Lori says:

      One Friday afternoon when my dad was a kid he got up and wandered over to the pencil sharpener by the window in his classroom He was killing time and sharpening that pencil as slowly as he could and looking aimlessly out the window That s when he saw his neighborhood explode in front of his eyes It was the East Ohio Gas Fire and the year was 1944 The working class men of his community ran for their lives from the factories chased by a wall of fire At least two hundred people died The street that [...]

    6. Billrogers says:

      Deer Hunting with Jesus is well written Joe Bageant has a way with words and with wry humor I love the title But ultimately the book disappointed me, and reading it was a waste of time.As I read the first few chapters, I found myself agreeing with the author, and often laughing out loud Ultimately, though, Bageant s pessimism dragged me down, and by the time I finished the book, I was than a little pissed off at him Bageant appears to believe there is a master plot to anesthetize working class [...]

    7. Todd N says:

      Right before the election The Onion featured a story with the headline Struggling Lower Class Still Unsure How Best To Fuck Selves With Vote That pretty much sums up the main topic and tone of this book.The author goes back home to live among the struggling lower class rednecks of Winchester, VA and writes about what he sees Rednecks, not white trash, he is careful to note You will understand the taxonomy of poor white people a little better after reading this book This isn t one of those stunt [...]

    8. Rachel says:

      This book should be required reading for anyone who listens to NPR, lives in a liberal ghetto and wonders why people vote Republican against their own self interest Bageant is from Winchester, VA and this book is about the working class people that he grew up with It explains their plight as working class people in America, and how lack of education combined with religious fundamentalism keeps them brainwashed into believing in a system that absolutely does not benefit them Bageant is a great wr [...]

    9. Regulator says:

      It was a slow afternoon, the store was empty He walked in alone There were just the two sunglass dudes standing around outside the front door It was Barack Obama, browsing at The Regulator We stayed cool Gave the man some space That s a big part of what this bookstore thing is all about giving folks space to breathe, space to think, space to find something new So we gave him his space, but I guess he didn t have much time After a few minutes he came up to the counter and asked if there was somet [...]

    10. lp says:

      I obviously only picked up this book because I thought it would be about deer hunting and Jesus, two of my favorite subjects I was in an enormous rush at the bookstore it was closing and the lady was practically dragging me out by my arm and I had to choose something, or else I would be book less, which would send me into panic Had I spent two seconds reading the large text immediately below the title, I would have seen in rather large letters Dispatches from America s Class War Okay, so it s n [...]

    11. Zach says:

      Joe Bageant confronts his urban liberal audience early on with an uncomfortable truth we re seen as elitists by the subjects of his book white, rural, poor working folk who vote against their own economic interests because we do genuinely look down our noses at them For all our academic buck passing about whose fault it really is that this class of people is, in Bageant s words, impervious to information, at the end of the day the average progressive can t help but resent the people so directly [...]

    12. Kimberly says:

      I m still reading this book published in 2007 , but so far all it has done is raise my blood pressure a little and reiterate my beliefs that many liberals feel that the rest of us are too stupid to decide for ourselves what we should believe in That somehow they are the only ones with an education and therefore are the only ones capable of making decisions I m astonished every day when I meet and interact with otherwise intelligent people who have decided that the socialist state being pursued b [...]

    13. Jason King says:

      Bageant s quest to understand why his people a term he tintinnabulates to refer to Virginia rednecks his words, not mine so often vote against their interests He comes to interesting conclusions but the ones that seem the most apt are often flippantly disregarded that the source of wealth in Appalachian Virginia is in land, for example would provide an interesting anthropological connection since societies built on wealth derived from land, everywhere and anywhere, tend to have high income inequ [...]

    14. Dave says:

      Really a great read, well written, concise, and spot on.Bageant grew up in the rural south Winchester, Virginia and knows from rednecks He s not disingenuous at all, not a snobbish elite looking outside in He wants to love these people, like his brother, who s a pastor still living in the town he grew up in, or the mooks in the dive bar where he shoots the bull.In the book, he goes back to find that what the world knows as squabbling Scots Irish white trash has gotten dumber, fatter, and deeper [...]

    15. Sarah says:

      This is a book that can definitely be discussed at length It s worth reading through the existing reviews which all bring up valid points It was published in 2007 and was a mighty predictor for things to come, although it is dated material now Since the economic and political landscape changed quite drastically over the past seven years, I wondered what Joe Bageant thought today I looked up his blog and found out that he died in 2011.Nobody was safe from the critical eye of Joe Bageant, but he a [...]

    16. N.K. Jemisin says:

      Best book I have ever read on current American culture wars and policy Broke down for me something I d never understood why white Middle Americans were so blinded by racism and anti intellectualism that they voted against their own interests Highly recommended to everyone.

    17. David Sarkies says:

      A journey into America s working class19 June 2013 Isn t it funny that one day you wake up and you discover that you have become that which you hate I remember a friend of mine saying that to me once He used to be a member of the English working class and after two years returning to school he had become the wine sipping type of person that he used to look down on back in the motherland The same feeling came across me as I read this book simply because where most of the books that offer a critic [...]

    18. Paul Hebron says:

      Deer Hunting With Jesus is Joe Bageant s savage but sad indictment of life as lived by the average American, as seen through the lens of small town life in Winchester, Virginia This could, in the wrong hands, have been poor hating spew as seen in Crap Towns , but Bageant is a sensible, sensitive and knowledgeable writer Bageant writes clearly about the redneck community he came from in the southern USA, and writes authoritatively from experience and from statistical and historical research about [...]

    19. Mike says:

      These Dispatches from America s class war ring as true as America s Liberty Bell Of course like the Liberty Bell , the American Revolution s promise of liberty and justice for all cracked on first use As with other bourgeois democracies, the ideals of the the American capitalist revolution were undermined by class rule Liberty, equality and fraternity tended to break down under the rule of Capital, where, as the old wag s saying about the golden rule goes, those with the most gold, have made the [...]

    20. Stewart says:

      Joe Bageant, in the introduction to his book Deer Hunting With Jesus Dispatches from America s Class War, asks the question as to why Americans re elected George W Bush in 2004, And why had the working class so plainly voted against their own interests I should add, Again This is the big question to be asked when discussing elections at the local, state, and national levels in the U.S from 1980 well into the 21st century The question was asked by Thomas Frank in his seminal 2004 book What s the [...]

    21. Angela Oneal says:

      The author lays out a strategy for progressive action in rural America and shows why it is so important for liberals to connect with working class, rural Americans Read this instead of Hillbilly Elegy by J.D Vance.

    22. Anna says:

      Thinking of the Border reivers reminded me of this book about their American descendents and caused me to spend a day re reading it I m so glad I did, so thanks Sherwood, for mentioning George MacDonald Fraser It s a great book to re read in an election year because these are the years that we clump firmly than ever into our tribes and the divisions in American society are stark and painful This book is an attempt to bridge divisions between tribes, looking at how things are and how they got th [...]

    23. Cody Sexton says:

      The American working class is dead and we are headed toward corporate feudalism The elite are going to keep freezing us dry, giving us just enough to live on and no We are very much seeing a real and serious struggle between those who have and are trying to get and those who have not and are likely to get even less But I reserve my deepest scorn, and my greatest resentment, for the social forces that oppress millions of the working poor chief among these is the woeful standard of education in [...]

    24. Scott Munden says:

      Here is what I want to say about Joe Bageant s book Deer Hunting with Jesus I want to say that he has written and important and insightful book concerning a much misunderstood and maligned segment of the American population the Republican voting white working class And yet I can t write those words without feeling a twinge in my gut.The gut twinge comes down to that chapter on guns, which was manipulative in the extreme and filled with fallacious logic, questionable statistics and winks towards [...]

    25. dianne says:

      A clear look into the working very poor from someone who graduated from that background to become a beloved godless commie Many new insights for me including an unusual look at guns aside twice as many Americans have guns than vote And an in depth look at the consequences of sh tty, underfunded and undervalued schools resulting in mass illiteracy and an absolute dearth of critical thinking skills how that has worked well for the Right with its simplistic platitudes and blame.People who live in o [...]

    26. Larry Jebsen says:

      fun book the man can rant I think it could have been titled Deer hunting with Jesus, a quirky love story about how the people of Winchester Virginia came from and how they have come to think as they do, why they vote like they do, why they are stuck like they are Much of this book is a microcosm of how corporate America has rolled over the common working man and have got the victims to applaud their conquerors Drink, smoke, watch reality TV and occupy your mind with incomplete thought Interestin [...]

    27. Rdt says:

      Although I come from a privileged family, I grew up in a Kentucky community in which I was surrounded by people like the ones in this book, so the characters are very familiar to me I have always felt a kinship with these people and an affection for them that this book reinforced The characters in this book are ignorant right wing fundamentalist gun toting rednecks, who are consistently fooled into overspending and voting against their own best interests, but they are also nearly all hard worki [...]

    28. Dale Cousins says:

      This is Hillbilly Elegy before HE was cool That is to say, this book profiles the working poor of Winchester, Virginia in a way that rings a bit truer for me that JD Vance s profile of his own Kentucky Ohio roots Rather than concentrating so very much on his personal story, the author hits hot button topics, one after another, religion, aging, home mortgages, war, guns, wages, women, etc as illustrated by the folks of his home town The time is pre 2008 when George Bush is President It is distres [...]

    29. Thom says:

      A very interesting, if somewhat politically confused, look at the US working class specifically those who are white and from the South Bageant s rather idiosyncratic mixture of left liberalism and social democracy is often internally contradictory, but he clearly has something of a working class consciousness, even if it is tainted by a strong dose of liberalism and illusion in the potential of the Democratic party and of tertiary education The book is entertainingly written, often insightful, h [...]

    30. Todd Wilhelm says:

      This is the best book I have read this year Although Bageant addresses some of the ridiculous things one finds in Evangelical Christian fundamentalism, the majority of his book consists of addressing the sad reality of what consists of how the working class has been sold a bill of goods and brainwashed into thinking they have a freedom available only to the masses in the USA It reminded me of this short video by the late George Carlin youtube watch v rsL6mMy friend wrote a good review of this bo [...]

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