For years, émigrés from the former Soviet bloc have been telling Rod Dreher they see telltale signs of "soft" totalitarianism cropping up in Americasomething more Brave New World than Nineteen Eighty-Four. 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. Technology and consumerism hasten the possibility of a corporate surveillance state. And the pandemic, having put millions out of work, leaves our country especially vulnerable to demagogic manipulation.
In Live Not By Lies, Dreher amplifies the alarm sounded by the brave men and women who fought totalitarianism. He explains how the totalitarianism facing us today is based less on overt violence and more on psychological manipulation. He tells the stories of modern-day dissidentsclergy, laity, martyrs, and confessors from the Soviet Union and the captive nations of Europewho offer practical advice for how to identify and resist totalitarianism in our time. Following the model offered by a prophetic World War II-era pastor who prepared believers in his Eastern European to endure the coming of communism, Live Not By Lies teaches American Christians a method for resistance:
• SEE: Acknowledge the reality of the situation.
• JUDGE: Assess reality in the light of what we as Christians know to be true.
• ACT: Take action to protect truth.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn famously said that one of the biggest mistakes people make is assuming totalitarianism can't happen in their country. Many American Christians are making that mistake today, sleepwalking through the erosion of our freedoms. Live Not By Lies will wake them and equip them for the long resistance.
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Understanding Soft Totalitarianism
Chapter 1 Kolakovic the Prophet 3
Chapter 2 Our Pre-Totalitarian Culture 21
Chapter 3 Progressivism as Religion 47
Chapter 4 Capitalism, Woke and Watchful 69
Part 2 How to Live in Truth
Chapter 5 Value Nothing More Than Truth 97
Chapter 6 Cultivate Cultural Memory 111
Chapter 7 Families Are Resistance Cells 129
Chapter 8 Religion, the Bedrock of Resistance 151
Chapter 9 Standing in Solidarity 165
Chapter 10 The Gift of Suffering 183
Conclusion: Live Not by Lies 209