@JaniceOCG @AtwoodSociety #AmericanRule by @jysexton debunks American myths as we witness gaslighting in real-time. Let’s chat w/Jared Yates Sexton tonight, Thurs., Jan. 13 at 8 pm ET, “If America Fails?” on TWN, for discussion on democracy in @HandmaidsOnHulu & threats in America.
Jared Yates Sexton, the author of American Rule: How A Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People, joins the PREMIERE of “If America Fails?: The Coming Tyranny,” tonight at 8 pm ET, on the TruthWorks Network YouTube channel.
American Rule, published in 2020 by Penguin Random House, “examines and debunks…American myths,” writes the publisher. This is especially timely given the mythology being weaved before our eyes since the November presidential election. More than a year after becoming the current POTUS, the legitimacy of the election of Joe Biden is still being examined and challenged in some U.S. states – and among some individual Americans. We have an opportunity to witness the myth-making process in real-time…and there’s no wonder we have so much disagreement over more historical events and periods.
So there is much to discuss with Professor Jared Yates Sexton. Here are a few discussion starters inspired by American Rule:
- Does the book deal at all with questions around race?
- Inasmuch as race is a “social construct,” how does this foundational myth impact our ability to cope with current threats to democracy?
- The “collective American imagination” seems very divided and varied these days – as disparate as the number of media sources, and greater than that! Has the American experiment already failed?
- How might we effectively challenge threats to collective memory in the face of outright gaslighting, such as we see with attempts to rewrite the events of January 6th?
See you tonight! — LMO
“From writer and political analyst Jared Yates Sexton comes a journey through the history of the United States, from the nation’s founding to the twenty-first century, which examines and debunks the American myths we’ve always told ourselves.
“In recent years, Americans have faced a deluge of horrifying developments in politics and culture: stolen elections, fascist rallies, families torn apart and locked away. A common refrain erupts at each new atrocity: This isn’t who we are.
“In American Rule, Jared Yates Sexton upends those convenient fictions by laying bare the foundational myths at the heart of our collective American imagination. From the very origins of this nation, Americans in power have abused and subjugated others; enabling that corruption are the many myths of American exceptionalism and steadfast values, which are fed to the public and repeated across generations. Working through each era of American growth and change, Sexton weaves together the origins and perpetuation of these narratives still in the public memory, and the acts we have chosen to forget.
“Stirring, deeply researched, and disturbingly familiar, American Rule is a call to examine our own misconceptions of what it means, and has always meant, to be an American.” — Publisher
Jared Yates Sexton is the author of three nonfiction books – The People Are Going To Rise Like The Waters Upon Your Shore: A Story of American Rage, The Man They Wanted Me to Be: Toxic Masculinity and a Crisis of Our Making, and American Rule: How A Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People – as well as four works of fiction. He co-hosts The Muckrake Political Podcast with Nick Hauselnan, has a newsletter on Substack, live streams from YouTube, and is Associate Professor of Writing and Linguistics at Georgia Southern University-Statesboro. Sexton has gone undercover into the fascist world and documented the 2016 Presidential Election, gaining himself a national profile after a tweet on the campaign went viral. His political writing has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The New Republic, Politico, and Salon.com, and he is a strong voice warning Americans on threats to democracy. He is now working on a new book. — If America Fails: The Coming Tyranny, a TruthWorks Network Production
READ | American Rule: How A Nation Conquered the World But Failed Its People | by Jared Yates Sexton | Non-Fiction | Penguin Random House | 9/15/2020