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The Assault on Reason - Al Gore
The Assault on Reason
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A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed... show more
A visionary analysis of how the politics of fear, secrecy, cronyism, and blind faith has combined with the degration of the public sphere to create an environment dangerously hostile to reason At the time George W. Bush ordered American forces to invade Iraq, 70 percent of Americans believed Saddam Hussein was linked to 9/11. Voters in Ohio, when asked by pollsters to list what stuck in their minds about the campaign, most frequently named two Bush television ads that played to fears of terrorism. We live in an age when the thirty-second television spot is the most powerful force shaping the electorate's thinking, and America is in the hands of an administration less interested than any previous administration in sharing the truth with the citizenry. Related to this and of even greater concern is this administration's disinterest in the process by which the truth is ascertained, the tenets of fact-based reasoning-first among them an embrace of open inquiry in which unexpected and even inconvenient facts can lead to unexpected conclusions. How did we get here? How much damage has been done to the functioning of our democracy and its role as steward of our security? Never has there been a worse time for us to lose the capacity to face the reality of our long-term challenges, from national security to the economy, from issues of health and social welfare to the environment. As The Assault on Reason shows us, we have precious little time to waste. Gore's larger goal in this book is to explain how the public sphere itself has evolved into a place hospitable to reason's enemies, to make us more aware of the forces at work on our own minds, and to lead us to an understanding of what we can do, individually and collectively, to restore the rule of reason and safeguard our future. Drawing on a life's work in politics as well as on the work of experts across a broad range of disciplines, Al Gore has written a farsighted and powerful manifesto for clear thinking.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781594201226 (1594201226)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 273
Edition language: English
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Manny Rayner's book reviews rated it
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PointAl Gore Tells You What's Wrong With The US, And How To Fix ItMost Americans agree that their country's on the wrong track, but what exactly is the problem? It's easy to blame it all on Dubya - no one except a few true believers would say he's blameless. But surely there's more to it than that? ...
simmo
simmo rated it
4.0 The Assault on Reason
It would be easy to dismiss this book as the rabid sour grapes of a man that was cheated out of the presidency in 2000, and certainly much of the content is searing criticism of the Bush administration – however the underlying theme is one of dismay against the inaccessibility of participation in th...
willemite
willemite rated it
Al makes some very good, precise points in this work. Yet, I found it less than satisfying overall. I felt that his points were good, but that he often veered away from his central premise. For example, he includes a section on how Bush has bullied the legislative branch into a passive compliance. I...
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3.0 The Assault on Reason
The main point of this book is to rip apart the actions of the current Bush Administration. While I agree with most of what Al Gore says, there is nothing new here for anyone who keeps himself even vaguely informed. Gore's point about things we as a society need to look ahead to are very interesti...
The Drift Of Things
The Drift Of Things rated it
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As a despiser of television, I love what he has to say on that topic. I also like the way he invokes great leaders of the past as comparisons for the sorry state of modern American political discourse, or lack thereof.
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